Needle Crafts

How to Welcome an Estonian Päkapikk Into Your Home For Advent.

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Päkapikk! Delightful little elf like creatures that visit good little Estonian children every night during Advent! (See "mermaid's " comment below for the proununciation.)

Not much is known about Päkapikk! They started appearing in Estonia about 40 years ago and it seems they have been very secretive about where they come from or how they came to be!

Tutorial - Shisha Stitch on Temari

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A little tutorial for working the Shisha stitch on a curved, rigid surface like a Temari ball.

To see the completed Temari ornaments go to this post here.

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Yarnia Inspired Angels: Making the Folk Angel.

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In my notes, I always referred to this angel as my "Folk Angel" - and she does have a kind of folk art feel about her.

I fashioned her after a memory of an angel painting I remember from my childhood in Santa Fe. But she IS wearing Diane's sock yarn and she is blue (Diane's favorite color), so I have just this minute decided to name her Diane after my sweet daughter!

Meet Three Brand New Untraditional Dala Horses!

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Second week of the Dala Craftalong and here are a few little guys I have made using my very simple (and free) pattern for a Dala ornament!

Most of you who know me, know that I am big time into celebrating traditions, but often in untraditional ways! The three Dalas I am sharing are definitely not traditional! But I am hoping you will enjoy them and their stories.

Futuregirl Inspires "Snow Alice" - Newest Member of My Soft Toy Snowman Family!

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I almost let Christmas in July go by without officially introducing you to Snow Alice! You have seen her peaking out from the background here and there these past months, but you haven't been officially introduced.

Last July you got to meet the first member of my snow family. At that time, I believe I told you I was making several more to share in November!

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