Felt & Felting

Cherry Cluster Applique Block

 


It’s cherry picking season in our part of the country. I love to pick cherries. It’s no wonder the expression “cherry picking” is given to easy feats. The problem with cherry picking, because it is so easy and fun, it’s easy to get carried away and have a ton of cherries that you now need to do something with! With all these cherries on my brain, and because Fairy and Pixie just had outfits made out of material with cherries on them, I decided to make a new Cherry Cluster Applique Block. Like all our blocks, this one was made 6” x 6” but can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. I included a picture of the material I used for inspiration. You can find the pattern HERE or in the FREE Applique Patterns. Enjoy!

Also, I’m including a recipe for a yummy Cherry Oatmeal Muffin. If you have a good recipe for something made out of cherries, please share! I’m always looking for new recipes for cherries or zucchinis… because we always seem to have a bumper crop of both!

Cherry Oatmeal Muffins
Muffin:
1 cup old-fashioned oats, uncooked
1 cup flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup buttermilk (to make a buttermilk substitute add 1 T. vinegar to 1 cup whole milk)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
1 cup fresh or frozen tart cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped (if using frozen make sure to drain them first)

Topping:
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl combine buttermilk, egg, oil, and almond or vanilla extract. Pour buttermilk mixture into oats mixture and stir just to moisten ingredients. Gently mix in cherries into batter. Use paper cupcake liners or spray muffin pan with non-stick spray. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle with the granulated sugar and cinnamon mixture. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 12 Muffins

EDIT: I just discovered a new blog...A Curious Cupful. It's written by a witty and talented pastry chef who just happens to be the girlfriend of my best friend's son. The blog is worth nosing around in, BUT has luck would have it, when I went there today, she had a new recipe for these absolutely yummy looking Cherry Cakes. If you are a cherry fan, or enjoy cooking blogs, you have to check this out! I am going to make these for our 4th of July celebration!

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave you scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

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Babushka Doll Applique

I decided I needed a lot more "bling" to give my babuskha doll that traditional matryoshka "feel". I sorta just started embroidering and kept going! Anyway, here she is... waiting her final destination... which I haven't decided on, so she isn't sewn onto anything yet! But I am done with the directions, so if you're interested in making your own babushka doll, she's good to go!

Just a couple of FYIs. First, this doll measures 9" but you can enlarge or reduce her to meet your needs. If you'd like to make multiple dolls in decreasing size, place the original patterns in your printer and reduce at 90%, 80%, 70% etc. until you get the set you like. Also, if you look at any traditional babushka dolls, you'll notice that the paint jobs are not perfect. If your eyes are crooked, if your smile is askew... well, that's more or less traditional, so don't panic! Also, the faces on traditional matryoshka dolls become more and more simplistic as they get smaller, so follow suit when embroidering faces.

Finally, I did not include my embellishments on the pattern... since Michelle had already finished the pdf before I was done embroidering. I used 6 strands of floss, making lazy daisy flowers and French knots in the center of the flowers and as the dots on the babushka.

HINT: To get the flowers and dots placed evenly, I cut the shapes out of graph paper, decided how close together I wanted the flowers and dots, then poked holes where I wanted the embroidery to go. I then laid it over the doll, and using a sharp pencil, made small dots in the holes. I then had perfect placement for my embroidery. So, without further ado, the pattern for the Babushka Dolls. Enjoy!

Babushka Doll Directions

Material:
6 pieces of different colored felt or other fabric
Embroidery floss
Pattern (3 pages)

1] Make copy of patterns.

2] Cut out fabric as follows (I used):
Color A: 1 babushka and 2 ties (light green)
Color B: 1 hair (medium brown)
Color C: 1 face (very light pink/beige)
Color D: 1 main body-this is the apron (medium green)
Color E: 2 sleeves (mirror imaged) 1 under blouse, 1 skirt and petal 2 (yellow)
Color F: 1 petal 1 and flower center (medium blue)

3] Transfer marks and embroider face.
Eyes: I used 3 strands black floss. I used a stem stitch to outline the eyes and eyelashes, and on each eye, 3 satin stitches to create the irises.
Nose: I used 3 strands black floss and a steam stitch.
Lips: I used 3 strands of red floss. I used a combination of outline, straight and satin stitches until I got the right affect.
Freckles: I used 3 strands of pink floss. I made French knots wrapping the needle only once.

NOTE: If you check out any babushka doll you will notice that the faces ARE NOT perfect… most of the time they aren’t very symmetrical! If your face doesn’t turn out “perfect” they are closer to real babushka dolls than “perfect” faces. Kinda takes the pressure off, right??!

4] Pin hair to face. Using 3 strands of matching floss, attach the hair to the face using a running stitch, along the 2 curved bang lines. You do not need to attach the top. That will be sewn later.

5] Center the face on the backside of the babushka with the face “looking out”. Pin in place. You face should be centered both up and down and sideways. Using a running stitch and 3 strands of floss, attach the face to the babushka. (I used a contrasting thread in medium green.)

6] Place the under blouse behind the main body piece. Attach using French knots and 6 strands of contrasting floss (I used yellow). NOTE: Lay out the doll so you can see where the ties will lie. You do not want to French knot under the ties, or they will not lay flat later. Only attach on the lower curve. (See picture or pattern.)

7] Using the pattern as a guide, pin arms in place over the main body. To check placement, position babushka and face on main body. The babushka should hide the top of the arms. Reposition the arms if necessary. Using 3 strands of contrasting floss (I used medium green) attach the arms to the body using a running stitch. NOTE: Do NOT sew the outside edge. This will eventually be blanket stitched to another piece of fabric.

8] Pin babushka and ties to main body. Using 3 strands of contrasting thread (I used medium green) and a running stitch, attach the babushka only along the lower edge. Then sew all around the ties. The whole top of babushka will not be sewn. This will eventually be blanket stitched to another piece of fabric.

9] Pin the skirt behind the main body. Using 6 strands of contrasting floss (I used yellow) and French knots, attach the skirt to the main body.

10] Position and attach the petal 1 to the doll using 3 strands of contrasting floss (I used yellow) and a running stitch.

11] Position petal 2 over petal 1. Do NOT attach. Place flower center over petal 2. Using 3 strands of contrasting floss, blanket stitch the flower center to the body, making sure to go through petal 2 and petal 1. (I found it easiest to go through the main body, too.)

OPTIONAL: Babushka dolls are usually quite ornate. If you’d like to embellish the doll, add embroidery now.

12] Blanket stitch the doll to fabric to finish the project. You can do this in 2 different ways depending on the look you want to achieve. You can use 3 strands of the same colored floss and blanket stitch around the entire doll or you can change floss to match the color of your fabric.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE MULTIPLE SIZE DOLLS: Using your printer, reduce the size of your doll pattern until you create the desired effect. How much you reduce your pattern depends on tastes and how many dolls you’d like to make. (I’ve seen as few as 4 and as many as 10) Keep reducing the main pattern, not your reductions. (For example… place your pattern in your printer. Set your printer at 90%. After you run a copy, set your printer for 80%, and so on.) Also, looking at traditional babushka dolls, faces can be very different as sizes get smaller. Designs usually get simpler as the designs get smaller. Also, you may wish to change what the doll is holding. THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY to do this. Have fun, and be creative!

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave you scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

http://www.weefolkart.com
Copyright © Wee Folk Art 2008 - 2009. All rights reserved.
All photos, text and patterns are copyright protected. You may not copy, reproduce or redistribute any material found on WeeFolkArt.com without written permission. Wee Folk Art retains all rights.

Should be sleeping!

What I should be doing is sleeping... I'm about 80% better, sleep could actually take me to 100%!!! Instead, I was working on the babushka doll. I have her done, but since I'm not sure what I'm doing with her yet, her side seams are open until I blanket stitch her in place... but you get the idea. The scans for the directions have been sent to Michelle, and with just a few directions, we should have the pattern up tomorrow. I am quite happy with her, and wanted to put her up before I crawled under the covers. I'm still thinking about embellishing her a bit. Many matryoshka dolls are quite ornate. We'll see!
(Wow... lightening is awful on the pic. I will get a better pic up tomorrow. Must sleep!)

Posy Peasant Babushka Doll

I woke up this morning with the flu bug that Fairy brought home earlier in the week and this inexplicable desire to design a Matryoshka doll! I'm not sure if the 2 are connected, but between naps and blowing my nose, I managed to design this Posy Peasant Babushka Doll. I'm not sure to what ends yet... but I know I want to make something 2 AND 3 dimensional. (Hmmm... perhaps a new doorstop???) And, just because I thought the drawing was so cute, I watercolored it! (Why aren't I napping?) 

I am sure the first thing I'll do is to make this up with felt, but it would also be adorable with calicoes... perhaps an applique on a skirt. And I do want to create the "nesting" aspect of the dolls, so I will design matching smaller dolls. Anyway, the couch is calling to me, so off I go! Look for the pattern for this Babushka doll in the next couple of days.     

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