Amigurumi Crochet Design Dolls

Horseplay With The Hook

While I was in Denmark earlier in the month a message with a fun order ticked into my mail box. I usually say I don’t “do” commissions, but then again, I do “do” commissions, but only when my creative freedom is not constrained. Fortunately, this was the case again this time. This was an order for two small figures of about 12 cm. One male and one female, he was to wear black trousers and a red coat, she was to wear a black dress. And I was to crochet a horse too…

I have crochet like something of a lunatic ever since as today was the deadline for completion of the project.

Crochet Amigurumi Male and Female with Horse by Irene LundgaardCrochet Male & Female and Crochet Horse too
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I could have done many different styles of people and horse, but knowing the person who ordered them, I kept the whole thing fairly simple.

I had a really hard time making the horse. I have never been a horse girl, when I was a child, so a bit of research went into getting that neck made somewhat right!

Crochet amigurumi horse by Irene Lundgaard 2Detail of Crochet Amigurumi Male and Female by Irene LundgaardCrochet Male & Female Detail and Crochet Horse too
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

I have just handed over the lot and fortunately they were well received! That is always a gamble when doing commissions, even with pictures of the progress during creation, there are no guarantees that the customer is going to be happy with the finished work, so I’m delighted again this time!

And now, I’ll go back to crocheting wild pink roses, I have a little neck piece in mind for the shop for tomorrow.

Crochet Design Dolls

No Idle Hands

I am busy teaching crochet these days and was delighted to have a great day in the Deirdre Minogue Shop in Tinahely, Co Wicklow on Saturday where my crochet sold well – I have a shop in Deirdre’s shop and love the concept of cooperation in that way!

My good sales on Saturday means some of the nicer pieces of mine are now sold and I am busy making something new – pink wild roses are on the agenda as a little reminder that summer is nigh!

Male and female with armsCrochet Male & Female
© Irene Lundgaard 2013

However, I had a request for a few little crochet figures which I have to complete by the end of the week. The yarn is fine and there are many stitches to do. These two little people need a coat and a dress and a horse too…  No idle hands indeed.

Note: Deirdre Minogue’s Sale Shop, Tinahely, Co Wicklow is open every Friday and Saturday from 11am to 5pm. I man the shop every Saturday (although through May I will be manning the shop on Fridays) and I hope you call in to say hello if you are in the area!

Crochet Dolls Yarn Classes

Male & Female Crochet

I have done a good bit of commission work of late, something I very rarely do as I find it has a tendency to curb my own creativity. However, the Blue Morph can most certainly not by any stretch of the imagination be something that would curb my creativity. Quite the opposite!

I received a phone call from a young woman some weeks ago, she needed two dolls crochet to be used in a classroom setting. The dolls were to represent Joseph and Mary and then they were to double up as St Patrick and St Bridget too. Two dolls and four outfits. Again, I had completely free reign and I set to work.

DetailsCrochet Dolls Detail © Irene Lundgaard 2012

My first port of call was what yarn to use, and to be honest, I never actually gave that much thought as I felt it obvious to use the wonderful Cushendale Woollen Mills DK, it’s robust, has the most wonderful stitch definition and the colours are simply just outstanding and to top it off, it’s dyed and spun in Ireland so it even fits the “Think Global, Shop Local” bracket, something that is very close to my heart.

Crochet Dolls Detail ©
Irene Lundgaard 2012

I had to be concious that the dolls would have to be seen from afar with up to 30 children in the classroom and the teacher at the top of the class. The dolls had to be of a manageable size, they ended up about 60 cm tall and I gave them simple features too – any fussy detail would be “lost in the crowd”.

I worked the two dolls in one piece starting from the top down and the clothing was worked in the same way. Basically I used the “keep it simple” approach.

Mary and Joseph dressedMale & Female Crochet © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Fortunately, the woman who ordered the dolls was happy with them and I have to say, so am I. I am not a cuddly toy woman, but I really enjoyed making these two, I found the facial features a particular challenge that was very enjoyable to figure out. And the hands and the feet, and the sandals – I want a pair!