Inchworm Applique Block

I grew up listening to and reading fairy tales. My favorite stories came from The Grim Brothers and Hans Christen Andersen, with Mr. Andersen being my very favorite. I loved The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina and The Ugly Duckling. I remember seeing the movie Hans Christian Andersen with Danny Kaye, and fell in love with the song about The Inchworm. It wasn't until later, when I couldn't find the story,The Inchworm, in any books, that I discovered that not everything you see in movies is true! As an adult, I saw the movie again, and the narration began with "Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about the great spinner of fairy tales." So, there you have it!

Despite the fact that The Inchworm is not a Hans Christine Andersen story, I still associate it with him, because, truly, it is the kind of story that he would have written. In the song, the inchworm is too...Read more

Festival Gnome :: Part 2

This is the second and final part of our Festival Gnome.

Part 1 of our Festival Gnome can be found HERE.

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO PREVENT MISUSE OF MATERIALS.

IMPORTANT: Do not cut out the hat until you have added the hair. Then, cut the hat out of paper first and "try it on" for size. You may have to make the hat slightly larger if you have lots of hair :)

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

DIRECTIONS:

Do all the steps in Part 1.

Check the pattern piece for the area of the shawl that will be gathered. Begin just to the side of the gathering line. Using one strand of floss and a running stitch, sew around the shawl and continue sewing over the gathered section. DO NOT tie off the end.

Gently pull on the thread to gather the center back. Make sure the rest of the shawl remains flat. You just want to create a gentle curve that will lie flat on the...Read more

Festival Gnome :: Part 1

 

There are many celebrations in The Thicket, and Britta wanted a new dress for those special occasions. Here, Britta is wearing her Festival Dress, in red and aqua, with pretty flowers everywhere.

 

You can make your own Festival Gnome. Directions are in 2 parts. Here is Part 1. Hope you enjoy!

 

MATERIALS:

  • 1 adult wooden peg - 2 3/8"
  • 100% wool felt
  • 100% cotton 6 play cotton embroidery floss
  • wool roving for hair
  • acrylic paint for face (optional)
  • stuffing for hat (optional)
  • Pattern

Note: All materials used should be non toxic and child safe.

READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO PREVENT MISUSE OF MATERIALS.

IMPORTANT: Do not cut out the hat until you have added the hair. Then, cut the hat out of paper first and "try it on" for size. You may have to make the hat slightly larger if you have lots of hair :)

 

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Many of our gnomes are "faceless". If you do not wish to add a face, skip down...Read more

Flower Fairies in the Garden

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<em>It&#39;s spring... that means it&#39;s time to revisit our Flower Fairies. Welcome back Flower Fairies!</em><br />
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If Fairy Dust is sprinkled on a flower as the last dew of morning evaporates, something magical happens... a Flower Fairy is born! If you are lucky enough to have Flower Fairies in your garden, then you already know that all of your plants seem to grow a little lovelier and their blooms seem to last a little longer&hellip; as if by magic!<br />
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Now, you can bring that magic indoors by crafting your own Flower Fairies. Long known to be great friends with the gnomes and woodland creatures, your Flower Fairies will easily join in the merry making with the rest of your wee folk.<br />
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Additional photos, free pattern and the TUTORIAL can be found <a href="http://weefolkart.com/content/shop-flower-fairies-and-buds">HERE</a>.<br />
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Converting Our Hedgehog Applique into a Hedgehog Embroidery

Recently, Pixie, Fairy and their friend Sprite have been learning embroidery. It reminded me of how much I enjoy needlework. Right now they are learning the back stitch and French knots using an embroidery pattern we purchased of three adorable little girls. (I'll talk more about that when they are done.) I embroidered one of the little girls, too, and after talking to my DIL Meghan, decided to turn the piece into a pillow for Little Lady.

Of course, that means Little Guy needs a pillow, too. I decided to turn our Hedgehog Applique Block into an embroidery pattern. You could do the same with any of our FREE Applique Blocks. This is how I did it.

First, I made a copy of the pattern which can be found HERE. I then used my new light box to trace the pattern onto a piece of soft white cotton, using a water erasable marker. Of course, you can use any method to trace the pattern on a piece of cloth.

When I was done tracing the...Read more

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