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IMAGINATION IS THE EYE OF THE SOUL Joseph Joubert. I am a mother of four...I still remember the smile that refused to go away for weeks after our daughters birth. To have a little girl appear after three sons seemed such a miracle. I have always enjoyed My Doll World, sharing it with Lara when she was little. Today I design knitted outfits for miniature dolls and enjoy every minute of it. The fact that the outfits are removable is what makes it so special for me. Using ever finer threads has opened so many MINIATURE DESIGN opportunities.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Miniature Flowers and Plants

I had to play with paper and paint again yesterday.

 Such fun to make a new fern, please note a different variety. 

Once again it is an 

" Erika Gross Design "

Wish I knew what it is called, completely escapes me for the moment.

I will have to Google it.

We all know that it is only by doing that we learn what works and 
simply what does not.
 Not having the colour paint I needed, I mixed my own 
for me it is slightly too dark.

In my personal experience green is certainly the colour that changes 
completely in night light.


Also when you think you have a wire that will work and heck no...
 it is a tad sub standard in the metal content used during manufacture.

I found that I could not control the wire as I would have liked.
 The fronds swing around as though the wind is blowing. 
Also I could not straighten out the curves, little kinks were left in the wires memory which would not budge without me stripping off all the leaves.

Will have to find the supplier of the wire that I first used.

I love these learning curves.

South Africa is not the perfect place to find "THE STUFF" one needs in an instant.
Thank goodness we have the internet these days.
Slowly the atrium is getting stocked with plants, Gran will then be able to sit down and read a book 
and pretend she is on a tropical island somewhere.


PS A Big welcome to my new followers 
I find it such a complement that you enjoy what I have been doing in my studio.

Thank you to all the girls who made comments on the last fern
gives a person such a boost...
At the moment I am all knitted out.
 Sooooo playing with the ferns and flowers is all good !!!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Miniture Flowers and Plants

Well I have had such a wonderful time making miniature flowers and plants.

This is a fern we made with Erika Gross.....
so exciting to see the plant appear in front of you.
My Daughter said...Mom how big is the fern?
So now the picture on the hand....

Erika's attention to detail is simply awesome, at least the guy with the laser cutter thinks she does a dam fine job.
The preparation that goes into something like this does NOT happen in 
"only a few hours  "
There are a lot of steps in the process but oh so worth it.

Miniature Leather Leaf  Fern

Miniature Leather Leaf Fern in 1:12th Scale High Chair

I did not think I would ever be able to make a plant that would look so realistic.
For me it looks so real that I feel I need to water it!!!

Now, I have a plant in my home that has become part of the furniture if it were not in the room it would be tantamount to "someone" not something missing 
in my home, plants give atmosphere in ones home, that is for sure.......

I now need to make "my plant" in miniature. So the game is on. 
Measuring, photographing, matching colours.
The lady doing the artwork will be happy, as it certainly takes her out of the ordinary day to day stuff that she usually has to deal with!!!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sharon Chrystal

An addendum to this post 

I cannot express myself enough saying what a pleasure it is to work with

Erika's design of fern leaves

Erika's methods when it comes down to making the fern are very simple
and it is thanks to what she has taught us
that the fern has turned out so special ......

Thank goodness for her patience and help.
I was simply following instructions and doing as I was told!!!

Well most of the time anyway, as we are  usually so busy having fun!!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Peter Rabbit Pillow

This is the last part of the Peter Rabbit Quilt and Pillow tutorial. 

As you can see ALL DONE!!!

 First Round of Crochet

Second round of crochet

Preparation for making the puffing of the little square
I chose a green fabric that matched the colour of the last round of crochet, Also used the thread to do the hand quilting of each little square.

I press the first two sides of the backing

After stitching the first  three sides of the first corner square 
I inserted the cotton batting which is twice the size of the square then folded over, with the back of my crochet hook. I then wiggle it in place with a sewing needle from the right side.

Should you have any questions just put it in the comment section of this post.

This tutorial is for your PERSONAL USE and may not be made for resale.

Remember the internet is a small place.
It is amazing how much my customers have my best interest at heart ......

I sure hope you enjoy making this little project.

Sharon Chrystal

Peter Rabbit Quilt

Remember this quilt tutorial is for your Personal Use only

Crochet Stitches used for Edging

 The following videos show the stitches used.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqhaQQajt0U   single crochet stitch   (no wraps as you start) 1 chain extra does not count as first stitch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1txJLRPfuE  double crochet stitch (one wrap as you start)
3 chain extra to start - this replaces the first double crochet stitch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4xplEBGowg  triple crochet stitch (two wraps as you start)
4 chain extra to start - this replaces the first triple crochet stitch

Round 1
Using Maize thread (Colour 7-6054) make a round of sc (single crochet) completing the round with a slip stitch.
Round 2 
Continue with yellow thread make a slip stitch into the next sc, 5ch, 1dc into the same sc
*Miss 1 sc, into the next sc 1dc, 2ch, 1dc, rep from * till end of round join round with a slip stitch. Break off yellow thread
Round 3
Join in coral thread (Colour  7-2004) into a 2ch space Join in the tread a little further along as you don’t want to sew in all the start up and end threads of the different colours at the same spot. 6ch (counts as first triple crochet and 2 ch)
[1trp crochet, 2ch] twice into same 2ch space, 1 triple crochet
Into next 2ch space [1trp crochet, 2ch] three times, 1 trip crochet. Continue around the quilt. Break off thread
Round 4 
Join in green thread (Colour 7-5035)into 2ch space, *1sc, 4ch, 1sc into this 2ch space, rep for next 2ch spaces then 1sc into space between the groups of trip crochet (this is where I find it difficult to explain what I want you to do)continue around the quilt.
Round 5
Join in darker green thread  (colour 7-5001)  Into each 4ch space make 2sc, 4ch, 2sc continue around the quilt. If you have any questions please ask, as then I will know where I am going wrong in my explanation!!!!!

Enjoy and
Happy Knitting
Sharon Chrystal

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Peter Rabbit Quilt

Well I managed to complete the quilt last night.......

I so enjoyed the creativity of it all.

Peter Rabbit Quilt


 A pillow with 12 of the the squares would work well. 
Three squares up by four squares across.

Have put the brain in neutral for today and am crocheting a 
little mat in the same colours for next to the bed.

I will do a diagram of the crochet edge far easier 
for me to make you all understand the stitches.

After that I will do a little pillow.

Happy Knitting
Sharon Chrystal