Yup, I’ve been hooking.
And I’d like to make some money at it.
I do it Japanese-style.
For those who are not up on their Japanese:
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, usually cute stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is derived from a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. … The pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness. (Wikipedia)
I use amigurumi-style crocheting to make my Dikke Dame Dolls.
Dikke Dame is, I believe, the Norwegian term for fat lady. And all of the art I’ve seen on Pinterest has convinced me that I LOVE Dikke Dame and all she represents.
Beautiful, bountiful, and quirky.
Some of you have seen my photos of the Dikke Dame Dolls, but I think they bear repeating (and repeating).
I started by making naked dolls – what I call Dikke Dame Basic.
Some people were not thrilled by naked dolls. Personally, I love them, including the nipples, 70s power bush (as my friend Kat calls it), and the butt crack – but to each his/her own.
So I made Ballerina Dikke Dame.
Some folks suggested, that not all Dikke Dames would have perky boobies, and they would like to see saggy boobies Dikke Dame. Also, I wanted to make half-naked dolls.
Hence Hula Girl Dikke Dame
and Mermaid Dikke Dame.
Mermaid Dikke Dame required that I learn how to do the crocodile stitch, which I first saw when my friend Amanda was doing some beautiful crochet work using that stitch.
I also decided some embellishments were needed – so Hula Girl Dikke Dame got a flower and leaf necklace; and Mermaid Dikke Dame got a seashell necklace. These both necessitated me learning how to crochet with beads.
Most recently, I made a Winter Fairy Dikke Dame.
She has a longer lacier skirt and wings! The wings are finished, but before I attach them, they need to be stiffened. I’ve ordered and am waiting on some craft stiffening product now.
I’m planning on displaying the Dikke Dames in the BayCon (Science Fiction Convention) Art Show, and hope that this will allow me to get an idea of what I should be charging for my Dikke Dames. Once I have that info, I plan on establishing an Etsy shop.
And for now, there is a new happy hooker in the world!