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WIP: Princess Maeve

Hello fellow crocheters!

A sneak peek of Princess Maeve has been out already!  She's my newest project and one of my most treasured designs.  A big chunk of that is attributed to her dreamy fairy tale and storybook style.

(She was totally designed by the little girl within me who never grew up!)

The initial concept sketch for Maeve
My designs begin with concept sketches, which are usually driven by inspirations through my fictional characters' backstories:

Princess Maeve was originally inspired by my obsession with fairies, medieval princesses, and Celtic art.  Maeve is a fair, Irish lady who dons a two-layer gown of pink and purple.  She chooses to wear a crown of fresh flowers over a crown of gold and gems.  Being a free-spirited soul, this little maiden adores singing, dancing, and picking flowers in the woodland forest bordering her castle home.  While she appears timid around new faces, Maeve is actually quite playful and charming around those she's familiar with!

After coming up with a sketch of the character, I begin to plan out some of the technical aspects of the crocheting process.  During this time, I try to consider the different clothing styles that can work with the design, while keeping in mind that it must be achievable through crochet methods.  For this project in particular, I designed a two-layer gown (with a part down the middle) for the first time, along with puffed sleeves, and a cross-strapped bodice detail on the bust of the gown.  It was a lot of fun designing these portions!

Currently, I'm working on some finishing touches for this little lady.  I've thrown on a healthy blush, styled a sweet hair-do that I'm satisfied with, and finished her large, anime-style eyes.

Stay tuned for her complete blog post!  There will be lots of photos to come! ;)