I played with some new-to-me supplies/tools when I was working on the patterns. I didn’t write them into the pattern directions because they aren’t necessary, maybe just interesting.
Have you heard of Frixion pens? They are erasable gel pens. There is an eraser at the end of the pen, but much more useful for me, the marks are erasable by ironing. That sounds like magic, doesn’t it! Well, there is a problem. Yes, the marks disappear with heat but they will reappear with cold. I would never use them on my dolls, but an ornament? I don’t think it is that big a deal if the marks came back a bit. The marks are either cutting lines or will be covered with embroidery. And, you could always iron them again. The thing is, these pens work great on the felt- so much better than the water-erasable fabric pens! I got mine on Amazon but I think they are available at lots of places. (btw- that link goes to amazon and if you buy the pens, I get a teeny tiny kickback!)
Next, Clover Applique pins. Short pins that work really well for pinning all those tiny felt pieces. You don’t end up trying to sew the equivalent of a porcupine.
And lastly, Merchant and Mills Bulb pins. I have been wanting to play with these funny safety pins. I discovered that I could pin them onto an ornament to hang it, instead of a string. And, I just wanted them.
I am trying to get back into the studio groove after the pattern writing and my trip to west coast Portland. It is great to have projects that are almost entirely finished- I was able to spend half the day working and finished these 5 fish!
I’ll be getting them into my poor neglected Etsy shop soon. Next, finish up some tattooed men and cut out new ones! The hot weather will inspire me to stay in my air-conditioned studio.
I have posted my 5 new pdf ornament patterns into my etsy shop here! I am SO excited about these. I had so much fun and can’t wait to make more but back to work on dolls for a while first. To celebrate, I will give away 10 patterns! Leave a comment saying which one you’d like and I will pick ten winners after Monday (7/20, ends at midnight eastern US time). One entry per person, right?!
There is the whale-
Felt fish, perfect for embroidery embellishing! If you fill it with catnip, your kitty will love you (even more).
An adorable Star Baby. You could embroider the back with a name and date for a baby’s first Christmas.
A Gnome- or maybe an elf? Santa’s helper?
And a Winter Girl- This would actually make an adorable little doll, don’t you think?
Okay then. Let’s have a giveaway! Please come over to comment on the blog (no emails).
A fox forest explorer. He has his day bag on his back.
A cashmere scarf to keep the chill out.
And here is his wardrobe and bag contents-
A close-up of his pack.
Silk bow, striped cashmere sweater, dress with snails- what could be more summer-y!
And a fox girl!
She has a cashmere cape that closes with an antique shell button.
And there is her bunny (this one is grey), peaking out of her bag.
In with the foxgloves!
And a close-up of the treasures in her bag.
A close-up of the silk bow at her ear-
and her Marimekko fabric jacket, flower buttons, and bunny toy.
And another close-up of the bunny because isn’t he cute!
Some of these foxes are made from wool I dyed last summer. My not-very-good dye job means slight variations in color which I happen to like a lot!
I think he has a very nice face- he looks sincere.
His vest is a print of ginkgo leaves.
A close-up of his pipe and briefcase.
I was inspired by Japanese school bags for her back pack.
And here is what is in her bag because I know you want to see!
This dark blue dress fabric has always seemed a bit witch-y to me. Are there little fox girl witches?
Her jacket is a printed flannel and she has a spider web-by scarf around her neck.
In this photo you can see the pattern on the flannel jacket.
And of course she has her school bag because even little fox witches have to go to school.