Jenni Sholter, a friend, forwarded me a request someone had for 6 baby blankets made in 2 weeks. I have done custom work for her in the past so I guess she figured I could do it. Since the request came over the 2 week holiday, I decided to take on the challenge. (It turned out she needed 2 one month and 2 the next 2 months.) The customer makes custom reborn dolls. She had a very specific blanket in mind, Kerry Jayne’s Little Duck Blanket. So I ordered the blanket pattern and went to work.
Let me just say this about the pattern, in case someone is interested in purchasing her patterns. DO it. The detail in the pictures she includes are well worth it. The duck would have been much harder to keep even if not for the pictures. I would have prefered the pictures to be closer to the actually section of the pattern I was working on but it was easy for me to go back and forth. She took pictures of every part that you might had been confused by and made it simple. Here are 3 of the blankets done and ready to ship. BTW the customer received the blankets and was thrilled! Always a good thing!
This is an owl cocoon and hat made from ShiFio’s Patterns. It is one of her most downloaded patterns although she has so many to chose from that I am going back again to add to my collection!
This one was done in pastel green but I think it would be beautiful in light gray, cream and black. I made a blanket for a little boy a while back in those colors and it was sharp looking, and manly. Just saying.
I have been working on baby blankets recently. I have a new grandson on the way and mom loves camoflauge. So I hope she loves this blanket. It is the Drops In A Pond blanket design. You can see more examples of the ones I have made here.
I also finished a lap, nap, cot blanket. It is a Circle In A Square design. It is great way to use up scraps. I worked on the squares in the morning while riding the bus with students. Funny but watching me crochet helped keep them calm and interested. So I showed them the finished product when I put the squares together and made the blanket. It will either go to a school for a pre-k class or I may let a school auction it off during fall festival. Unless I sell it before then. In which case I will make another one for the school!
circles in square blanket
circles in square blanket
Oh! How do you like my babies that are using the blankets? The little girl on the left is a reborn doll by Jenni Sholter and the other is a doll I have had for a while.
Well I am on to other crochet projects that are on my list. Now that I will be home for a couple of months I have made a list of projects I want to work on. Amazing how that list keeps growing every day.
Introducing a new cocoon sleep sack design “Sunflower.”
I wanted to add to my line of sleep sacks or cocoons (as I prefer to call them) for sale. So I went with a flower since it is summer. I also think a rose would be beautiful and would make one as a custom order. In the past, I have done ladybugs, dogs, ice cream and others. Let me know what you think of the design. I think these make great baby shower gifts because they are different and one of a kind.
The beautiful reborn doll was done by Jenni Sholter. I call her Sarah. She is 3 to 6 month size. Most of the cocoons I make are preemie and newborn but I thought she deserved something to sleep in.
I am taking my crochet to a new level next weekend. I am participating in
I have decided to expand my crochet business and this is one way that I haven’t tried before. I will have all sorts of baby cocoons, caps, blankets and whatever comes off my hook this week. The cocoons are original ideas that Jenni came up with. There will be things in a variety of sizes. I want to see what catches people eyes.
I will share a spot with Jenni Sholter and her reborn dolls. They are fabulous and I have found working with another artist is inspiring.
How about you? Have you tried anything like this before? Let me know how it worked for you. What would you have changed?
I hinted that I had started working on something new recently. Here it is. I have joined with Heart 2 Heart nursery and am making custom crochet items for her. The hammocks in the pictures below were made by me and can be custom ordered in the color a person wants. I am so excited about this new venture so let me tell you a little more about her.
The shop is owned by Jenni Sholter. She has a degree in art and is a retired military spouse. She makes reborn dolls. I have decided to let her work speak for itself and show you some of her babies. Look at the details in her work right down to belly buttons.
I am excited because she is a local business. I actually found her when I mentioned to my grandson’s mom that I liked this kind of doll. She pointed out that she had been sharing Heart 2 Heart pictures with me and that they were friends. So we got in touch and as they say “the rest is history!”
Jenni offers custom dolls. She doesn’t make them until you order it. That way you choose not only the doll but whether or not you want hair; if their eyes are open then what color eyes you want and other things. These are truly one of a kind dolls. I also like the variety of skin tones she offers. You can contact her for your own special baby at firstname.lastname@example.org
And yes I did order a baby for myself. I will be doing a post when she is ready! I already have clothes made for Sarah.