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Crocheted History: Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn

Happy Tuesday, crafters!

I had a very long three-day weekend that mostly involved re-wiring the living room with Mr. M., but I was able to squeeze in a couple of fun projects for a dear friend of mine.

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My friend is getting her Masters in history and is specifically studying Henrician reform. She loves Anne Boleyn, and as a gift to her, I made her a crocheted Anne Boleyn doll a while back. It was one of the first dolls I had ever made, and as a result had some flaws. So I decided to make her a new one.

Like the previous Anne Boleyn doll, her head does come off. But unlike the previous one, I got smart and decided to use magnets instead of velcro (a serious improvement).

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Here’s a Tuesday Tip for you: if you’re crocheting with magnets, make sure they are strong enough to still pull through at least two layers of crocheted work.

For instance, the first set of magnets I used worked fine through one layer and almost worked through the second layer, but they would not hold up her head once I had sewn on the hair and hood.

To accompany Anne, I made a Henry VIII doll, trying to match him as close as possible to his famous portrait. I used some beautiful gold thread I had bought forever ago to get the shimmering detail in his coat and for his jewelry. The detail in his hat was made with a single long strand of white crochet thread, which did the trick.

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I think they are both adorable, and they look even better in person. This has opened my eyes to all kinds of other dolls I could make. Personally, I think a crocheted Amelia Earhart would be wonderful! Think of all the wonderful possibilities!

In the meantime, what do you think of Henry and Anne? Let me know in the comments!

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