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Green and Leafy

Finally finished making my tree man. I used a blanket stitch to attach the two halves I’d already made, but it didn’t look quite right. As frustrating as it was, I unpicked all the stitches and started again using a tight back stitch. This time it came out looking a lot more tidy. I initially over stuffed him, so I had to take some of his filling out to keep him soft. Once I sewed up the hole at the base of his trunk he was complete and I’m very happy with him. Since he’s so top heavy he isn’t stable enough to stand upright but that doesn’t matter. I could always stand him in a plant pot, or lean him against a house plant – either would do for me. The buttons I used to decorate his leaves look perfect, so I’m very glad about those. This does of course mean that I’ve finished another monster, so I need to start thinking about what to make next. I’m going to start rummaging through my books of patterns to see what takes my fancy.

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2010 in Socks

 

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Picking Up the Pieces

My trip to the market was a success! I managed to find some round, yellow buttons that look a bit like Golden Delicious apples (to my eyes…) for my tree man. I also found some white flower shaped buttons that will make good blossom to dot around his leaves too. Last night I stitched together the trunk and leaf parts, so now I have just two halves to attach to each other. I also added the facial features and fruit so things are coming along nicely now. The buttons I’ve used for eyes have a green and white swirl pattern on them, which I found quite interesting. The mouth is shaped from offcuts of felt left over from Squidgey.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2010 in Socks

 

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Don’t Go Over the Edge

I’ve now drawn and cut out all the felt pieces I need to make my tree shaped man. I made myself some templates out of paper and pinned them to the felt first. Normally I’m a bit more slapdash, but since I’ve not used this pattern before I thought I’d resist the urge to do everything freehand. I traced round the templates with chalk, then cut them out (being careful not to go over the edges) and luckily I didn’t have any mishaps. I still haven’t found any fruit shaped buttons but I might have a look around the local market later today and see what I can find.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2010 in Socks

 

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Mr. Tree Head

The next pattern I’ve got my eye on is a tree-man with a trunk for his body and the leaves (kind of) as his hair. The brown felt I didn’t use for Squidgey will be good for his body/trunk and I’ve got some dark green felt that I can use for the hair/leaves. I’ll probably cut out felt pieces for his face, but I want to find some fruit shaped buttons to sew onto the leaves. It should make him look more like a tree, hopefully. I’ve been considering using small bells or more felt pieces but I don’t think they’d be as effective. I’ve seen strawberry shaped buttons before, but that wouldn’t look right since they don’t grow on trees. I’m hoping to end up with something that looks like it’s from Animal Crossing or Super Mario Land.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2010 in Socks

 

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