As you may know, we are working our way through the 2014 list of 100 Things to Draw When You’re Bored, as a part of which adventure, we get to draw awesome things like #56: Frida, by Picasso.
I’ve drawn Frida Kahlo at least a dozen times in my life, but I’ve never had more fun with her than this!
Next up is #81: World’s Lamest Super Villain. It is my pleasure to introduce you to . . . The Disapprovinator. If you do not bend to his evil ways, he will scold you, and if you really push him, HE WILL POST A MEAN FACEBOOK UPDATE. And it will be about you. And everyone will know it. Bwa. Ha. *Hairball*
For this week’s Sunday Freebie, I’ve created a pattern for a creepy modern cameo bracelet featuring the head – or more specifically, the face – of a plastic doll.
The bracelet itself is crocheted, but if you don’t crochet, don’t worry – you can make the base and strap of the bracelet from some other material. I’ve even made a video to show you how to extract the face from the doll and get it ready for jewelrification (a word my son coined while I was working on this).
Vintage plastic doll, roughly 8″ tall (a standard size)
Needle nose pliers
A bowl of hot water with a few drops of dishwashing soap in it
If crocheting: Black worsted weight yarn, a G hook, yarn in desired color for the trim (sport weight or worsted weight), a tapestry needle, an embroidery needle, thread, and a button
Crochet Instructions for the Bracelet
Again, use a G hook. The cameo base is worked in the round without joining rows.
BASE (worsted weight black yarn)
MR5 or ch 2, sc 5 in 2nd st from hook
1. 2sc each (10 total)
2. (Sc next, 2sc next) x5 (15 total)
3. 4sc next, sc next 5, 4sc next, sc next 8 (21 total)
4. 3sc next, sc next 8, 3sc next, sc next 11 (25 total)
5. Sl st and F/O
BORDER (desired color, worsted or sport weight)
You can use either a sport weight yarn (red example above) or a worsted weight yarn (blue example above) for the yarn.
Join yarn. (3DC next, sl st next) around, if using sport weight yarn, or (3sc next, sl st next) if using worsted weight. Join with final (add’l) sl st to beginning of border. F/O.
I designed this bracelet to have a button closure. I do a lot of typing during the day, however, which makes a button closure on the underside of my wrist almost as uncomfortable as a wedgie with wet undies, 50 miles from home. To avoid that sort of discomfort, I placed my button closer on the side of my wrist. If you prefer, you can make the bracelet with the button under the wrist.
Side A: Join yarn to side of cameo, ch 9 (for side closure) or ch 18 (for under-the-wrist closure). DC into 4th st from hook, DC to end and join to cameo with sl st. F/O.
Side B: Join yarn to opposite side of cameo, ch 15 and test the length of side B on your wrist. Side B should ultimately overlap Side A by at least 2DCs. If it doesn’t, keep going until it does, keeping in mind that you will DC into 4th ch from hook, which is to say, you will lose a bit from the current length of your chain. Got the length sorted? Great! DC into 4th ch from hook. DC to end and join to cameo with sl st. F/O. Weave in ends.
Test the bracelet on your wrist. It doesn’t matter whether Side A is on top or Side B is on top. The button will fit into any gap in the DC. Note where the button should go to give you the most comfortable fit, and then sew the button in place.
Test the bracelet one last time. It works? Fantastic!
Cut a length of black yarn. Position the head on the bracelet and sew the head in place using your tapestry needle.
I still have plans to finish the Adventure Time Matryoshka dolls, but I have been sidetracked by Doctor Who. I’ll probably do a redesign of the Adventure Time dolls in the same style for my Pattern Shop (but the freebies stay where they are, of course!) This week, you get the TARDIS. YAY TARDIS!
Click on the image above to download the PDF and stitch to your heart’s content. Or crochet.. knit… use a bead loom.. whatever turns your crank, baby!
This Tardis is part of a full set dedicated to the Tenth Doctor, which is available in my Etsy shop…
Click on the image above to be sent there POST HASTE!
First up this week from our list of 100 Things to Draw When You’re Bored is a pair of Mermaids with Mustaches (#37). It is a momentous day for them, for they have found a razor. Should they shave and be like all the other mermaids? Or should they embrace their hirsute hotness?
Since I was already focused on hair, I decided to draw #70 next: Hairstyles inspired by Princess Leia.
I have been saving this, um, highly sanitized image of the birthing process for ages now. Mother’s Day seems like a perfect time to bring it out, since every mother remembers that magical moment when her baby came swinging out of the closet like Tarzan.
Since it’s Easter Sunday, I went to one of my vintage textbooks in search of a rabbit to serve as the free collage image for today. One might even say I was hunting wabbits – and to my delight, I found one!
The problem is that I found this first, and it made me laugh:
Things that make me laugh trump rabbits every time. I don’t know how many occasions we have in this life to send “sorry about your hangover” cards, but hey – maybe this will start a trend. Here’s a black and white version, too.
Party smart, Wayne. You don’t want to be the guy stumbling around the back yard!
It is crazy how a list can help me along when I’m feeling uninspired. I didn’t feel like drawing one single thing today – at least until I looked at the 100 Things to Draw When You’re Bored list for 2014. Once I did, I had all kinds of ideas about a Mermaid from Toxic Waters (#45):
Next up is my homage to 1950s drinking, a serious endeavor that would have put me flat on the carpet. This is “Just Like Grandma Used to Make” (#47).
For the record, this is not my grandmother. I have to say that. Otherwise, my mother would disown me.
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