Dragonflies are mystical, whimsical, and wondrous – they seem to defy gravity with four transparent wings as they glide over hidden pools and near bodies of water, imagine capturing this in crochet!

LiBelly is another absolutely incredible Fantirumi (Fantasy Amigurumi) designed by Esther Emaar of Crochessie/House of Creations.  The moment I saw LiBelly – I was “hooked” and waited patiently for the pattern to be translated to English (by a lovely lady by the name of Pam Lucassen-Beatty) and once again I decided to make two of these lovely creations.  One with larger yarn that was readily available here in the U.S. and another with the fingering weight yarns that Esther intended.

Yarns:

Larger LiBelly:

  • Bernat Handicrafter – Crown Jewels
  • Hobby Lobby I Love This Cotton – Aubergine
  • Hobby Lobby I love This Cotton – Forest
  • Size “F” (3.75 mm) hook
Small LiBelly:

  • Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Yarn – Mountain Heather
  • Knit Picks Comfy Fingering Yarn – Lilac Mist
  • Knit Picks Comfy Fingering Yarn – Flamingo
  • Size B (2.25 mm) hook
LiBelly yarns

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction & Comparison:

The smaller LiBelly has a plastic egg in her belly – the larger Libelly has a crochet egg-shaped body.

A great amount of detail goes into the making of LiBelly.  The lower wings are crocheted and then fabric is added and secured using the buttonhole stitch.  The upper wings are supposed to be made by sewing lace to a wire frame – try as I might, I couldn’t find lace locally (sometimes I really do feel like I live at the end of the earth) and was not about to order it on-line where there was a 1 or 2 yard minimum order – so I crocheted the wings and attached them to a wire frame.  (the pattern for the crochet dragonfly wings is available in the Patterns section.)

lower dragonfly wings detaildragonfly upper wing detail

With any amigurumi, the detail that goes into the face is what makes it all come together!  And yes, crafting the face can take hours!amigurumi dragonfly face detail

Child safe eyes (I use Suncatcher craft eyes) are attached to the head, false eyelashes and fabric is then used to create eyelids that are sewn on using the buttonhole stitch.  LiBelly has a crown of crocheted leaves with small flowers made from fabric and ribbon to finish her off.   These are hand stitched to her head with small beads as the flower centers.

You can quite easily spend as much time just on the finishing touches as it takes for you to crochet the tail and body.  Take the time to pin the facial features, leaf garland and flowers into place before hand sewing everything into place.

When finished, the small LiBelly measured 10 1/2″ long and the larger LiBelly measured 14 1/2″ long.

Large Libelly
Large Libelly

Small LiBelly
Small LiBelly

LiBelly's in the garden
LiBelly’s in the garden

One of the LiBelly’s will be donated to a silent auction to help raise funds for the Patient Caring Fund maintained by Dr. Les Lockride and the Northeast Kingdom Hematoloy Oncology clinic to be held on Saturday July 23, 2016 during the 2nd Annual NEKHO Brew Fest – sponsored in part by Kingdom Brewing.  The Patient Caring Fund helps to fill healthcare gaps faced by patients of NEKHO with all proceeds going directly to patients who need it the most – whether it is a food card, a gas card, or medication and treatment co-pays.

 

Additional Info:

LiBelly dragonflyHouse of Creations/Esther Emaar is a company based in the Netherlands.

LiBelly is offered as a free pattern (English or Dutch) or you can purchase a complete kit to make two (available in different color combinations) from House of Creations.

When visiting the House of Creations website, it is best to do so in Google Chrome, so it will translate Dutch to English for you automatically.

 

 

Nancy Smyth

Hi, I'm Nancy I'm a yarn addict, number cruncher/bookkeeper, and software developer. Strange combination right? I get the same feeling of joy when working with high quality yarns that I do when a column of numbers are all neatly aligned and add up properly.

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