Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Crochet Kokeshi Doll Construction

After making my very first Kokeshi doll
crochet kokeshi doll
 I wanted to make more.
So I did!
I took pictures as I made them and wanted to share them with you.
It's very clever how they come together.
how to crochet a kokeshi doll
 As you can see I am making 3, this is the body and head made in one piece, these have been stuffed and a small weight placed in the bottom to make them stand up.
crocheting a kokeshi doll
These dolls are your typical amigurumi, made with sc's in the round next was their hair, made separately and placed onto their head.
Then their little back thingies are made, I think they are called an obi.
Then I made their sleeve's and hands, the sleeve is just a basic triangle.
They are really taking shape now, with their hands and sleeves attached it was play time for me, sewing eye's and mouths and little extra features.
I did go on line to get inspiration, I mucked up the pink one's eyes a bit and had to play around with them more, but I achieved a different look with her, I also made up my own little flower and found a pattern for a small umbrella
kokeshi dolls
 I did the screen free hand and am currently thinking on lanterns or small pieces of furniture to finish the setting off.
kokeshi dolls crochet
I'm not sure if I should add a little more bling to their hair, chop sticks and beads.
crochet japanese kokeshi dolls
The main thing is that I had fun!
But I have so many more items I want to crochet I may just leave these ladies the way they are and move onto something else that I have in mind to do, as a matter of fact I have already started a bit of it, thumbs up for crochet!
I found this pattern for the doll using the way back machine, here is the link.


Kayellen said...

Oh my word! These are just adorable. You did a fantastic on giving them personality too.

I will be making 3 sets of these for my youngest grand daughters...ages 9 yrs, 6 yrs and Due in Nov.

Thank you for sharing the pictures and pattern links.

Cathy Wood said...

thank you Kayellen

Jo-anne Blossy said...

They look amazing. You've done a fantastic job.

Tiffani said...

This is great!

Sherie Lynn said...

These dolls are just about the cutest thing EVER!!! I have crocheted teddy bears and a full-size Bridezilla (which was STUNNING when I finally completed her because her dress and LONG train had these amazing scallops at even intervals down the length of the dress and the train, and I embellished the dress (especially the train) with tiny, sparkly, BEDAZZLING Swarovski crystals!!!). It took me FOREVER and a day to finish that project (which I then gifted to my Mom, which she then gifted to her sister!!!!!!!! ---- to say the least, my Mom has not been gifted with one of those types of presents again!!!!).

Wow, where did all that Mama Drama come from?? HA!!! Just wanted to say adorable dolls!! I loved them!!

Cathy Wood said...

Loved your Rant, lol...thanks all for the lovely compliments :)