DIY Doll Bedding
French Fashion Dolls were all the rage in the last half of the 19th century. German designers with higher quality and lower prices put most of the French doll industry out of business, but it’s the French Fashion Dolls that really stand the test of time. Complete with original mohair wigs and vogue du jour outfits they’re like a window in time. Whether you collect dolls, admire them, or confine yourself to modern only as gifts for children, you’ll have noticed the price, no?
I think we have to be resourceful and creative when it comes to doll accoutrements. Retailers understand the collectability and it’s reflected in the price. When you buy even a few items marketed for specific lines, the price soars. However, if you look at alternative lines with similar products it’s often at a bargain. Example: I tried to find a rolling cart for the atelier to store paints, mediums, brushes, etc., but everything marketed specifically for “art” was expensive. So I looked at rolling kitchen carts and organizers on wheels and found the most perfect solid wood chest with locking wheels at a steal deal.
The same is true of doll items. Instead of buying a doll bed or doll crib, look for a magazine rack, plant stand or wicker basket and make adjustments to fit the intended use. If you search for fashion doll pillows or bedding… yikes! But, if you look for drawer sachets or watch pillow replacements…. yea! Think placemats, quilting squares, etc.. A more economic route is to make them yourself with batting and fabric.
Here’s a Crochet Coverlet and doll bedding with pillows in a magazine rack; very affordable. I used a Vanessa Montoro dress pattern for the coverlet (Duplet 163). I love all her designs. Like Patricia Kristoffersen, Vanessa Montoro designs and creates the most ornate texture ever seen in crochet handicraft.
A little about Vanessa Montoro: She’s a Sao Paolo, Brazil based designer with a degree in fashion. They call her ‘The Painter of Silk’ and for good reason. She crochets garments, mainly dresses, using 100% silk, which she dyes using natural pigment like bark, onion skins, tea, etc. to produce soft muted hues of pastel reminiscent of bygone eras. Many of the garments are mixed media and contain laces, fabrics, even leather and beadwork. I think she’s one of the most talented and creative fashion designers of our time. Perhaps one day, her work will be collected by museums; preserved for future generations. To see Vanessa’s breathtaking dresses visit: http://www.vanessamontoro.com/en/
PATTERN SOURCE: DUPLET #163, Pg. 24 & 25 and shown on back cover. Olivia Dress by Vanessa Montoro
Online Tutorial: http://www.liveinternet.ru/users/3951561/post332216543/
Crochet Coverlet for Doll Bedding
• Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet Thread, Size 10, One Spool, Burgundy
• Royale Classic Crochet Thread, Size 10, One Spool, Fudge Brown
• UKI/Supreme, 5/2 Astra, One Mini-Cone, Desert Sand
• Boye, No. 4 (2.00MM), Steel Crochet Hook
• Scissors, Tapestry Needle, Sewing Thread, Sewing Needle
• 3 yds. L x 1 2/3″ in. W Schiffili Trim
• 1 yd. Michael Miller French Script Fabric (Sheet)
• 1 Quilting Square of Flannel Material (Blanket)
• 1 Watch Pillow (soft) (Pillow)
• Scrap Silky or Glossy Fabric for Pillow Covering
• 2 or 3 Pillow Type Sachets (for decorative extra pillows)
To Make as a Coverlet (Doll Bedding) [ Size is adjustable, the example is 14 1/2″ W x 19 1/2″ L]
For 14 1/2″ w. begin: Ch 115, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each remaining ch (=114 sc)
Ch 4, *sk 2, tr(yo2x) in next 3rd sc, tr-crab-one back (in the 2nd sc to form “X”), ch 1, *repeat to end. Ending with tr in last sc.