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Monday, April 17, 2017

Topiaries the easy way.

For these topaiaries I used bunca thread and I found it looks very well. I made cats but you can make any shape or animal you like by following the basic instructions.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lovely shawls in knit and crochet.

Shawls are very much back in fashion . Here are my mini versions : one for people who like to knit and one for the crocheters. Have fun.

Just in case you are looking for the right knitting needles . I sell handmade knitting needles in my Etsy shop :

Needles for miniature knitting

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Crochet pie : lemon merengue and more

I know a crochet pie sounds a bit odd. But it is really fun to try and make one and they look pretty good in miniature.

Here is the pattern for my lemon merengue pie.    This link will take you to my first post about pie crocheting. If you want to make the peach pie slice , you will need this post for the pattern of the pie crust and the cream swirl.  You can make different fruit fillings using this pattern  by changing the color of your thread and using different stitches.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Dressing tiny dolls the easy way

I had these little dolls , just the right size for toys, and they needed some clothes. I did make crochet dresses for some but I wanted to have some boys as well.  I did not feel like doing the tiny pants and so I was really pleased when I  found a bag of unravelled bunca and remembered the wrap and glue thing I had done on bigger dolls.

It really works on these tiny dolls as well. Here is how I did it.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Crochet toys for 12 th scale cats.

Here is the pattern for the little toys I made for my mini cats. If you like to make them for real cats you can use the same pattern with wool and matching needles.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Some more tips about chenille critters.

 Materials matter a great deal :

There are several types of chenille stems or pipe cleaners you can use :

Real pipecleaners  that are white and rather thin and made out of cotton. They are short so you need several per critter. This bunny was made using those. The wire does not show much when you bend the stems so it is easy to hide the bare spots with some cut off fur. They are perfect for  critters that are small like 1 inch tall.

 This is the second kind. They are made of the same material as the pipe cleaners but they are called cotton chenille stems. They are thicker and come in different colors as well. They are a bit harder to find though. You can find even thicker versions of this kind.  You will still need to hide some wire though. These are perfect for a bear that is more fluffy or a bit bigger.

This bear was made with the really thick ones.

This bear was made with the chenille stems you can buy at the craft store. You will see he is more skinny than the pipe cleaner type of bear. You have to look for the stems that show no wire when they are in the package for those are the best ones. But you will still have to cut and glue quite a bit to hide the wires when you want to use this type of chenille. There are tons of different thicknesses and colors and stuff so experimenting is the key.

Arms and legs will look a whole lot better when you work a bit on the loops you made for them. If you squeeze the loops together after  the bear shape is completed they will look a lot neater. You can also twist them around to improve the shape but that has to be done with great care or you will get ribbed and lumpy results.

Give your bear a look over and see if there are any spots where you see wire and hide that by gluing on some fur that you cut off the left over stems. Leave to dry well before you handle the bear again.

A hair cut will often improve your bear too.  If you use tiny scissors you can easily improve the shape of his ears or add some more expression  by trimming the nose.

 In this picture you can see the hairs on top of the ears  that need a bit of trimming as well as the nose area.

Eyes are the the next thing.  It is pretty hard to find perfectly round beads for the eyes. I use handmade onyx beads for mine that I cut in half. Half beads are easier to  glue to the face and you can sort of press them into the fur for a better look.  Cutting the beads can be done by pressing them with tweezers . Round beads make all the difference, they give a more professional look.

Embroidering a nose on the chenille is not easy. At least not easy to get it really neat. I usually glue on a nose and forget about the embroidery bit.

If you want paw pads you can glue on a piece of non fray fabric  and use pastels to color them in. It also is nice to add some to the inside of the ears.  This will add more character to your bear.

Every bear you make will be different and everyone 's bears will be different. I often find they have a mind of their own and will become what they want to be which  is often quite different from what I had in mind. But always better. Have fun !

See my critters who are ready for adoption at :

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Miniature landscaping part 2

For this one I used a small house. All of the stuff from part 1 and these additonal supplies

Saturday, March 4, 2017

New in my Etsy shop : memory box

Friday, March 3, 2017

Shabby chique plant stand

Easy to build from materials that you have around the house. Hope you will like it .