Effie the Elephant

Here’s a little felt elephant I made recently. She’s made out of plain ole craft felt and is about four inches tall. Her name is Effie. Effie Bass Miller was my great-grandmother.

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She has a yellow tail and yellow feet.

The tail is crocheted cotton perle thread, probably size 5. I chained about 12–15 stitches and then turned around and single crocheted back down the chain.  I added a little tassel at the end.

She’s assembled with three strands of embroidery floss.

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Her trunk was too short so I used the half-circle scrap from between her legs to add some length and give her a little personality.

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That’s why the end of her trunk is orange on one side and pink on the other.

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I picked blue for her ears and used blue thread to attach little button eyes.

The trickiest part of the whole assembly was the ears (I made two sets that were too small), getting them in the right spot (they were first too far back, and then too low), and making sure they were lined up on each side of her head.

I might add and embroider a little blanket across her back. If I do, I’ll give you an update.

She makes me smile.

Jan

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Bias Tape Birds–Vintage Applique

I’m enamored with this pair of birds.

I found them on a pillowcase I bought at an estate sale a few years ago.

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It’s just snips of ordinary half-inch bias tape appliqued to the cotton.

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A few strategic embroidery stitches complete the illustration.

I had to make a pair of birds for myself.

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I dug into my box of scrap trim (that sounds like I only have one! Ha!) and found a few pieces of bias tape to use. I couldn’t find a scrap of blue, so instead of a bluebird and a red bird, I made a pair of cardinals. The male on the right, and the less colorful female on the left.

Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone and decided to fold the bias tape in half.

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First I tacked down the green for the branch but was not happy the little stitches are still visible. So I found matching embroidery floss and used an embroidered back stitch to stitch down the birds.

Since my birds are much smaller than the originals I wasn’t able to put as many details on their heads, but I think it works.

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I can’t decide what to do with them now so they are still living in this little embroidery hoop.  I didn’t trim the green bias tape in case they need a longer branch when I find a permanent home for them.

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I just love finding old linens, don’t you?

Any suggestions on what I should do with them now?

Jan

Embroidery Thread Sculptures Imitate Prisms of Light

Sixty MILES of embroidery thread create the stunning sculptures you’ll find in the link below.

Seriously!  You’ll be amazed.

Source: Gabriel Dawe’s Dynamic Colored Thread Sculptures Imitate Prisms of Light

Right? What do you think? Can you even imagine how that was accomplished?

Jan

Speaking of Cats

Here’s a litter of a different sort of cat.  Nothing like Sundance.

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I saw a little cat something like this in a magazine years ago and couldn’t resist making some of my own. This primitive, scrappy little patchwork style can be made into something decorative, or it can be a toy. Or both.

For kids under three skip the buttons and use little patches of felt for the eyes.

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The original cats I made were all one fabric, but where’s the fun in that?

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Don’t you love the silver chain and charm on this turquoise striped one?

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I tracked down a stash of scrappy little pieces of calico that seemed perfect for this project.  But they were very scrappy, with nothing big enough to use.

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So I matched up the colors and prints and stitched them together into pieces I could use.

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I’d been working on some crazy quilt squares when I got distracted by the cats so I was inspired to pick up my embroidery floss and add a little flourish to the seams.

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Cute, huh?

By the way, I have four crazy quilt squares. Two are finished, two aren’t.

Surely I’m not the only one that drops one project for another.

Am I?

Jan

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