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Christmas Mice - a project from "Christmas Crafts Scandinavian Style"
Submitted by Pam on Thu, 08/23/2012 - 17:11
As promised! My Christmas Mice! Created using pattern and instructions from "Christmas Crafts Scandinavian Style".
And now that I have actually gone through the process of making a project using a pattern and instructions provided in "Christmas Crafts Scandinavian Style", I can say with total authority - almost anyone can make the projects in this book!!! Easily! Quickly! And with minimum skills!
In many cases if you can make a running stitch or back stitch by hand, you really don't even need a sewing machine!
The authors, Tone Merete Stenkløv and Miriam Nilsen Morken have been making and selling the creations in their beautiful brand new book for years and years - and that fact alone clearly explains why they have developed the simple yet clever and appealing creatures, dolls, hearts, cones, bags and trees shared in their book.
Complicated construction greatly reduces the number of items that can be made for holiday craft fairs!
I purposely selected a project that appeared to be on the more complicated side and OMG - it went together in minutes!
I was so in love with the Christmas mice when I completed them that I wasn't even going to make the little hat. I mean - how could they be any cuter?
But, committed to remaining faithful to the pattern, I stitched the little hat, put it on little mouse's head and - well lets just leave it at this - my sweetie just HAD to leave what he was doing to come into the crafty space to see what had me squealing and giggling. BTW - he thinks they are pretty darn cute too!
Although the authors created their mice to appear very "Scandi", I decided to take them at their word and bring my own creativity to the craft table. I used only materials available in my own stash.
The authors suggest felt for this project but I found that old wool sweaters felted in the washing machine are also a great choice for mouse bodies. The color palette is limited in my bag of felted wool scraps but I still love these guys to pieces.
Stitching the two pattern pieces together was done by hand using a back stitch - very tiny back stitches! Felted sweater fabric is always forgiving - no need for perfection as stitches hide instantly in the fibers.
Stitching and turning and stuffing - so easy and only takes minutes. I have huge respect for the authors design skills. HUGE respect.
And can you believe it? I actually had those big ole black shiny eyes in my button stash!! What luck! They are bigger than the tiny little mouse eyes featured in the book but they work. And so do the mismatched buttons! What mouse ever had matching buttons anyway!
I was all ready to publish this post this morning when I suddenly realized in my rush to display my mice under the seasonal tree - I had completely forgotten the tails! And they are brilliant! I was thinking I would be busy for at least half an hour - it took me all of 5 minutes!!!
OMG - don't you just love these mice?!!
I have already traced and cut patterns for the snowmen and gingerbread men softies - very anxious to play with them too! I will share next month.
And to celebrate my 4th year of blogging on November 1 - I am definitely giving away a copy of Christmas Crafts - Scandinavian Style" - I love it that much!