Category Archives: Beads

Autumn Ensemble for the Little Darlings

My Little Darling, Gina, is all ready for fall in her prettily colored plaid dress and crocheted beret.  When the days start cooling off a bit she has a coordinating wool sweater to throw on for a bit of warmth.  She especially wants to show you her new charm bracelet.  She thinks that all of the different colored gemstone beads are so wonderful.  For more information and additional pictures of this ensemble please visit

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The colorful charm bracelet is made with 14k gold-filled chain, links, clasp, rings,  and a selection of beads in amethyst, amber, Czech glass crystals, mother of pearl, aventurine, rhodonite.  A gold toned “love” bead completes the bracelet.

Just finished for Tonner’s Patsy Doll

Here are some sneak peaks of Patsy’s new outfit.  In keeping with Patsy’s 1920’s style, this very feminine and colorful outfit has lots of hand embroidered details.  Flower motifs to coordinate with the cotton Japanese print line up along the hemline.    Each one is unique.  Chain stitch embroidery and running stitch embroidery are more hand embroidered elements of this dress.  The hand knit cotton bolero has a turned back collar with embroidered roses and light blue scalloped edging.  Patsy’s hat is decorated with chain stitch embroidery along the edge and a crocheted flower and knit bow.  I’d say Patsy is all ready for her next spring weekend adventure.

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New Things

I had a very productive and creatively fulfilling last couple of weeks.  Here are some new things that I’ve been working on that I put into a new outfit for Dianna Effner’s Little Darling dolls.

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I changed up my dress pattern a bit and put in princess seams and a lace collar.  This beautiful english lace is from authenticlace on eBay.  I hand pleated the lace and inserted it into the neckline for a collar.  I am very happy with how this dress turned out.

My usual cardigan sweaters did not fit with the collar of this dress so I came up with this capelet design.  The pattern took some trial and error and a lot of math to get it just the way I wanted it.  I think it shows off the dress nicely and is so delicate.  I really love this tiny accessory.  This is my second knit that I have incorporated beadwork into and love how they look in knitwear.  Thanks to Knit Picks for the tutorial on beading.  I have zillions of beads in my stash so now I have a new use for them.

After trying all of my usual headpieces, (headbands, felt flowers, bows, Juliet cap)  I made this cloche.  After looking and looking for headpiece alternatives I decided a hat made out of the dress fabrics would be the perfect finishing touch.  I didn’t have a pattern so I made this one myself.  I had an American Girl doll hat pattern that I looked at to see the pattern piece shapes, but outside of that my measuring tape got a lot of use.  I had some unused #30 cotton thread that I had dyed for my tiny Amelia Thimble doll sweaters and the colors were perfect for this outfit.  So with a very tiny crochet hook and lots of patience (my fingers felt huge) I made these tiny rosebuds for hat decorations.  A glass leaf in my stash fit in perfectly with the roses.

Voila!  “Spring Daydreams” is finished.  I put a lot of thought and time into making this outfit all come together, but I think it was worth it.