Category Archives: Crochet

“Autumn Glow”

I am noticing that the light is changing as summer winds down and autumn approaches.  The temperature/hue of it seems warmer, more golden, cozier, softer.  Do you notice it too?

The fabric I used for Patience’s new dress reminds me of the change in the light.

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Patience’s cotton dress is made with a warm pink/muted salmon Japanese fabric.  The roses are in a deep ivory with fine warm rusty brown shading.  The skirt is embellished with ivory English cotton Cluny lace.

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This fabric is still very much in the pink family as pastel warm pink accessories look perfect with it.  Patience’s crocheted mesh drawstring bag is made with warm pink cotton thread.  The bottom of the bag is decorated with an ivory resin rose bead.  I hand beaded a sepal around the base of the rose with coordinating Delica beads.  The bag opens and closes with self handles.  Inside her bag is a fringed edge cotton lawn hanky pressed into triangles.  The bracelet is made with the same Delica beads and a smaller rose than the one used for the bag.  Patience’s hand made headband is an asymmetrical cluster of blossoms/pearls sewn onto a warm pink length of crochet.  Ivory tights complete the accessories.

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Patience’s hand knit cardigan is made with lace weight merino/silk yarn in ivory.  Coordinating and mirrored motifs are hand embroidered on the front.  The cardigan can be worn unbuttoned or buttoned with ivory glass pearl beads.

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Patience’s “Autumn Glow” ensemble will be available tonight (August 20, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

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“Fall-ing for this Sweety”

Hi all!  Are you enjoying August?  Honestly, it feels like September to me.  My daughter is all moved in at college and ready to begin her second year.  Temperature-wise, it is another rather chilly morning.  I’ve heard others say how back-to-school feels more like a new beginning than January first does.  I feel this way, do you?

I feel like planning gobs of new ensembles and patterns, and painting my studio, which will then need to get straightened and pared down.  Yikes!  One step-at-a-time!

Today I decided to get Gracie’s new ensemble ready to show you.  I’ve been writing the pattern for her cardigan as I’ve been creating the ensemble, so it’s taken a little longer to complete.  However, she is now all ready!

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Gracie’s cardigan is knit with fingering weight merino wool.  It is wonderfully soft and hand dyed to a cool tonal pink.  This color picks up the cool rosiness of the roses on the dress print.  Bullion stitched shaded roses and rosebuds in three different shades (plum, mauve, and raspberry) are sprinkled on the front panels of her elbow length cardigan.

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The cardigan can be worn unbuttoned or buttoned with off white glass pearls.

Her dress is made with a Japanese cotton print which features tiny rosy colored roses/rosebuds on a cool plum ground.  The bodice is shaped with waistline darts.  Her full skirt is embellished with very fine scalloped English cotton Cluny lace snugged underneath a tuck.  A raspberry colored silk ribbon ties twice around her waist and ties into a bow in the front.

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Gracie wears a delicate necklace and bracelet made with amethyst colored AB Czech glass crystals, golden Delica beads, heart charms and a gold-toned bow charm.  Her headband is hand made with velvet ribbon, and has an elastic loop at the back for slipping on over her hair.  She wears off white cotton Lycra® tights.

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Gracie holds a Victorian styled crocheted basket with a beaded handle and tassel.  Inside the basket are a few lilac blossoms she’s picked just for you.

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“Fall-ing for this Sweety” will be available tonight (August 8, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

Look for Gracie’s cardigan pattern later this week.  I’ll let you know when it’s ready.

I hope you all enjoy your day today. ❤

 

 

 

 

“Blooms for Late Summer”

Welcome to day 5 of my July fashion show.  It’s sweet Patsy’s turn today, and she is very excited to show you her new ensemble.

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Does this print look familiar?  It’s the same print I used for Patience’s “Pink and Plummy” ensemble, which I showed you yesterday.  I think it looks quite a bit different in this colorway though.  Instead of an ecru background this one is ivory.  The colors in this print are raspberry, burnt orange, buttery yellow, chocolate, muted turquoise, and dark teal used to depict the greenery.

I am not a huge “fall colors” fan, but I do like this print a lot; it’s probably due to the fact that it includes a pinkish color (raspberry), and I find the muted turquoise gorgeous.

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A petite cotton ivory eyelet edging decorates the hemline of Patsy’s dress.  I brought out my favorite shades in this print with a hand dyed raspberry rayon ribbon, which ties around the waistline of the dress, and muted pastel turquoise cotton tights.  To further accent the rosy shades, I added a tiny hand made raspberry bow to the crocheted pearl headband, bright pink blossoms to Patsy’s bouquet, and tiny pink bugle beads to her bracelet.

Patsy’s cardigan is hand knit with a beautiful heathered merino lace yarn in a chocolate color.  It includes teal shades which coordinate nicely with the teal embroidery.  Also, there’s a rosy shade in there too.  There really are too many different colors in this yarn to name.  Isn’t it pretty though?

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I was worried about the embroidery getting lost on this dark color.  Before beginning, I made sure my floss colors were either bright, light, or very dark.  I am happy with the end result, and Patsy’s little cardi coordinates perfectly with her dress.

Patsy can wear her cardigan buttoned with the ivory pearls or left unbuttoned.

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I just noticed that even Patsy’s eye color and lip color coordinate with this ensemble.  Uh oh, she’ll never want to take this one off!

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“Blooms for Late Summer” made for Patsy (will also fit the 10″ Ann Estelle, Sophie, Georgia, and Gracie dolls) will be available tonight (July 27, 2017) at 7:00 pm CST, cindyricedesigns.com.

I hope you all have a great late summer or late winter day, my friends.  Bye for now! ❤

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