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Advent Countdown Calendar 2015 Update #2
Submitted by Pam on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 04:28
I have been knitting and felting and embellishing to my heart's content - and then some; trying to keep on schedule to create a new Advent Countdown Calendar featuring tiny ornaments made using patterns created by Arne and Carlos and Marie Mayhew. So far so good!
Today's post is dedicated to ornaments made from Marie Mayhew's patterns available on Etsy (Woolly Something Shop); Craftsy (here) and Ravelry (here). Some of these ornaments were made from patterns available in her new book "Whimsical Woolies", available here on Amazon or here in her Etsy shop.
Although I share most ornaments the minute they are done over on Instagram, it is time to make sure I update my blog friends!!
The original mushroom pattern is for a red 'shroom with white spots, but I did a bit of needle felting with roving to create more of a wild portobella appearance.
Two sides of Marie's Christmas Ball pattern using my own needle felting designs for the 'shrooms. That is what I love so much about Marie's book, she teaches the basics and then inspires you to let your own imagination run free on the lovely felted surfaces!!!
Marie is waaaaaay more skilled at applying and felting yarn to the ball surface than I am, but her techniques are in the book and offer all kinds of possibilities. I added a bit of embroidery as well. Not my favorite effort so far, but that is my fault. I think I used the wrong size yarns for the size of the 2" ball and I need more practice!!
But my little Nisse turned out perfectly!!! I used the Woodland Gnome pattern in the book. A few wispy wild hairs here and there turned it into a respectable Nisse!!!
The mini Nisse is very tiny compared with the regular sized Santa version of the Woodland Gnome! And as is quite apparent - more mischievous! Instructions for making her gnomes and 20 other knit/felt decorations and creatures are shared in Marie's book.
Now you are up to date!!! At least with Marie's ornaments. Those made from patterns by Arne and Carlos will appear early next month!!