Book Mark Directions - Pussycat

Make this book mark for a stocking stuffer or a token gift for a friend who loves to read. It's quick, it's easy and it's cute...definitely my kind of project. Enjoy!

Materials:

8” x 4” piece of wool felt for book mark

4” x 6” piece of wool felt for cat

Felt scraps for eyes and tail

Embroidery floss

Pattern

The Owl and the Pussycat Bookmarks

 
 

When I have some down time, if I'm not actually crafting, I usually have my sketch book out and I'm doodling away. Some of my doodles stay just that, a bit of fancy on a blank page. But other times, I'll be sketching with no particular project in mind, and I'll say, "Hey, that would make a swell..." Well, last night I was messing around and made some plump animals. There was an owl and a pussycat...hmmm...how Edward Lear of me! Anyway, poem aside, looking at them I thought they'd make great toppers for a bookmark. So, I moved on from doodle to design and came up with a couple of bookmarks. They are cute, quick to make, and would make excellent stocking stuffers. I got the cat done, just as he was finishing a delicious fish! I'll get the directions on-line tomorrow for the cat, and in a couple of days I'll finish up the owl. If you'd like to make the pussycat, check back tomorrow for directions!
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Enter to Win Holiday Gnomes

We have been working on something special to share with all of our readers for this holiday season. We have an adorable pair of Holiday Gnomes who will be celebrating the holidays with one of you. Enter to win Holly and Noel.

There is a custom in the Thicket. Each year the newest newly weds have the honor of becoming the Keepers of the Holiday Lore. It is their job to share stories with the children of the Thicket, and to help keep them entertained so their parents can go about the many tasks of preparing their homes for the Holidays. The children love to spend time with the Keepers of the Holiday Lore and the newly weds learn the joy, and often the exhaustion, of child rearing! The older gnomes are often seen winking at one another as the young couple tries to keep up with the excited children. This year the honor was bestowed upon Holly and Noel who were married in the Fall!  ...Read more

Christmas Holly Banner

This banner was designed to fit a branch in our Gnome Home. You may wish to customize the banner to fit a preexisting branch in your Gnome Home or add an angled twig to hang the banner as is.

Materials:
Pattern
9" x 12" piece of wool felt
wool felt scraps
6 strand embroidery floss
embroidery needle

Christmas Banner

Today Britta awoke to two marvelous surprises. First, the first snowfall of the winter, and second, news that her city kin will be coming to spend the holidays. She has already begun her preparations, because there will be so much to do. She spent the morning carefully packing away her fall treasures, and began the rather lengthy process of decking the halls! It will take her many days to make sure things are just right! The first thing Britta did was to make a new banner. When she was done, Axel helped her hang it on a low branch. "There." thinks Britta, "It's a start!"

If you would like to make a banner like Britta's, check out the directions in our Free Patterns SectionRead more

November's Pattern of the Month


November's Pattern of the Month is now ready! Spoon dolls, as we know them today, probably originated in Colonial America, where resourceful mothers and children, made playthings from available materials. Wooden spoons, a staple in rich and poor families alike, offered a ready made head, and their bodies could be elaborate, adorned with bits of fabric and lace, or simple, a cloth wrapped around the handle or the spoon until it was needed for the next meal! Our pattern uses a spoon for its core and with a variety of other materials.

Our Spoon Doll/Puppet pattern is available for all registered users. Registration is free. If you complete a Spoon Doll by November 30,  post a comment to THIS post and a add picture of your completed Doll/Puppet to our Flickr Group, your name will automatically be entered in a drawing for a free kit for next month's pattern! (When posting a comment here, make sure to include your Flickr user name so we know who you are!) Join the fun, and make a great doll to love or add a new puppet to your collection, and become eligible to receive next month's craft kit! What fun!

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