Friday, November 18, 2011
Mousehole village Christmas crafting
Welcome to 'Mowzil" Christmas Special~ I hope to share my Christmas ideas with you throughout this coming Christmas season. Like many of you, my hands have worked non stop trying to get my Christmas swaps and pressies out in time to cross the channel to various homes around the World. Last night I finally finished and as my needle embroidered the last little snowflake, I turned to Andrew and confirmed that I just Love, adore homemade gift making ( this of course was not the case a week ago when I thought this was all never going to end...) The feeling of the fiber, the colors of the fabric, the smell of the pure wool felt, the complete world I escape too. Most often late at night...I can just imagine the fresh pine branch these decorations will hang on year after year.
Well, I suppose these decorations could be Christmas tree hangers, strung onto a garland or placed at your Christmas nature table.
The geese knitted with pure cotton are from the book 'Irreststable gifts to knit' by Alan Dart....I used ribbon to add detail.
The Christmas trees and disc felt characters although a variation in pattern are from the book 'Fa la la la Felt' by Amanda Carestio.......
The embroidery hoop is a design of my own made from natural linen and cotton, pure wool felt and pure wool dyed with 'cochineal'. Most welcome to try it. The carrot is wet felted by rubbing a bit of fleece together between your palms. This creates the pointed carrot nose. The scarf is just a cast on of 4 stitches knitted st st until desired length for across the neck and a seperate piece for the piece hanging down. The lavender sachet I used natural linen and odd bits of fabric sewed together and filled with dried garden lavender.
The Cute Snowman pattern I am happy to share just leave me a message. I am not the greatest at writing patterns and If ever I find a stitch out of place or left over, it just gets knitted in...so, its a shabby chic design of 'hope it works out!'
Happy gift making to you