Big in Japan

I’m in love with Japanese culture. Just look at my front room!

I love how positive, colourful and positively alien it is. I love how majestic and other worldly their language seems. I love sushi. I own a plethora of kimonos. Since the age of 16, I’ve been slightly addicted to Hello Kitty and all things kawaii. So, it naturally followed that I would take up amigurumi – the Japanese art of crocheting small, stuffed animals or dolls. It’s so easy to do for a beginner too – crocheting in the round. This is how I made my amigurumi kokeshi doll:

Let’s call her Suzi.

I started with the body first in pink and created a pink blob. Then I crocheted the head in cream and black. I created the buns later. I made two pink hula hoops for the arms of the kimono and created two small hands and sewed them onto the sleeve. I sewed in some black felt to create shadow. The ribbon and flower I bought from Tiger and I hot glued the flower on to her head. Then I created her face out of beads and felt.

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