Monday, January 4, 2010

Kokeshi Dolls and Pattern Testing

The Kokeshi Doll swap on Ravelry opened a door.

I found the form( and history very interesting

and loved some of the nontraditional interpretations,
like these sold on Etsy:

I spent my time in rehab/hell/exile making dolls and trying to make dolls sculptural
and after seeing some "lady" Kokeshi dolls, I knew I wanted to interpret her as well
as inscribe my approach to this form.

The other patterns I saw were more girl-forms and girlie, a bit too sweet for me:
(but non traditional as doll is not supposed to have limbs)

then I saw Krokeshi Art Toys

and was affirmed. And so Crocheted Lady Kokeshi doll pattern is now being tested by five intrepid volunteers!

And like teaching, pattern writing is a learning experience... it is so hard to say what one did, and for me even to commit to an approach. But I have, for this and it seems the good resulats are replicable. Ahhh replicants.

Hopefully we'll have a sunny day so I can get a decent picture with my aging digital--
the shots here were all taken with my cell phone.


Nancilyn (Fiberdabbler) said...

I really, really love these and want to make one!

Akua Lezli Hope said...

Thanks Nancilyn, the pattern should be
finished (tested and edited) by the
end of January.