Monday, 22 December 2014

Woodland Creatures


Ah, there's nothing like a last minute Christmas gift panic to really get the festive spirit going, is there? I present to you Mr Fox and Miss Doe, finished in the absolute nick of time before the big day. They don't have names yet, as I want to give Bella and Angus that pleasure when they unwrap them. 


The animals were entirely their own choosing. I bought the patterns from Alicia Paulson's shop, and I would really recommend buying the patterns over the kits as they're such good value and you can use whatever fabric you like. Also, I ordered a kit for a friend for Christmas and was charged £12 import duty. £12!! Outrageous. The only thing I would say is make sure you use really good quality, pure wool felt. I meant to order this but think I actually ended up with acrylic, which looks fine but is nowhere near as strong. It meant I couldn't stuff either toy nearly as much as I wanted to as it just splits. Grrr. I've learnt my lesson.

Anyway, here is Mr Fox. I think he is my favourite.


His scarf is alpaca yarn, nice and soft.


His shirt is made from an old shirt of mine that I cut up long ago. A shirt made from a shirt, I like that. 


And his jeans are an old pair of mine, also relegated to the fabric drawer when they wore out. I had a bit of trouble getting the needle through three layers of the denim on the pockets, but otherwise they're good.


Brown felt lace-up boots complete his dapper outfit. I want to make him a jumper now.


And here is Miss Doe. 


Her headscarf is knitted in the same alpaca yarn as Fox's scarf. I had some, err, difficulties, with this pattern and my mother-in-law helped me enormously with it. 



Her dress is made from a piece of Liberty fabric I've had for ages with a repeating parrot design. I'd have gone for something more floral, but Bella was insistent this was the fabric she wanted for the dress.


I love her boots most. They were such fun to make. I'd quite like some slippers like this I think.


All in all, a very enjoyable project. Machine sewing the tiny clothes was fiddly, although not impossible, but hand sewing the dolls and boots was my favourite part by far. I love making things for my children, I really, really do. 

We are now at my parents' house, temporarily free from boxes and the disruption of a house move, and enjoying time with family. Contracts have now been exchanged (phew!) and the whole process moves slowly forward. I love this time of year; in the next five days we'll celebrate both my sisters' birthdays, my nephews birthday, and of course Christmas Day. I hope you are all enjoying this sweet time in the festive period.




47 comments:

  1. Gosh, Gillian. They're both beautiful. As always, I'm impressed with your taste in fabrics. I love the embroidery on the Doe's boots. I was going to try some on my Maggie's boots and I chickened out, thinking I'd end up making them look sloppy. Yours came out so well. I hope you're having a nice time with your family.

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  2. It will be fun to hear what Bella and Angus choose to name their charming new charges, Gillian. I made my Maggie Rabbit from Alicia's pattern. I did use wool felt, but appreciate your warning about using acrylic. [I am sorry that the import fee was so much for you!] I hope you and yours enjoy all your celebrations =) I still have 48 hours to finish a scarf so had best stop typing and get back to knitting! xx

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  3. Oh!! I've made the bunny...so much fun!! Agree my favorite was making the animal....so peaceful...

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  4. They're both so beautiful; Angus and Bella will be thrilled. I especially love the fox - such a fantastic colour. Well done on getting them finished in time before the big day, now you can relax and enjoy. Have a merry one. x

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  5. Oh Gillian, I am definitely in awe of your Woodland creatures. They are so beautiful and am sure will be much played with. I love the felt boots too but the print on the Liberty dress, is hard to beat. Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Jacqui xx

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  6. Hello my dear friend, I thought it was strange I had not gotten any post updates from ur blog... And now I see I missed several... Love the animals and the kids are going to be thrilled. Have a lovely, wonderful Christmas. I'm off to catch up on yr news as I think I heard you talking about move ...

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  7. So beautifully made Gillian, the children will no doubt love them and treasure them. I'm so glad contracts have been exchanged, that takes a lot of the stress out of the situation. And how lovely that you've managed to escape your packed up home, it will be lovely to spend time with your parents. CJ xx

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  8. Those tiny boots with the little embroidered flowers !! You have such an eye for detail.. Love both Mr. Fox and Mrs. Doe ! You'll have two happy children in the house....(btw, I totally agree with Bella's fabric choice for the dress. Stylish !)
    Xxx

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  9. What a couple of beauties and so perfectly stitched too!
    Oh those little boots are so cute! I just know they will be adored x
    Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful and joyous Christmas~time lovely Gillian and what an exciting year 2015 will be for you in a fab new home.
    love Jooles x x x

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  10. Oh, they're lovely. Enjoy the time with your family and merry Christmas to you all.

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  11. Gillian, you super hero. I was trying to ward you away from them over this busy time but a mother's will is pretty strong isn't it and they have turned out beautifully. They will love them. Happy Christmas to you. Jo x

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  12. Gillian they are amazing, apart from super talented sewing you have given them so much character, how wonderful. I love them.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    Helen

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  13. These are absolutely beautiful! I would wear Miss Doe's dress right now, and possibly the boots too! What amazing gifts for your children! Happy Christmas! X

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  14. They are fantastic!!! Well done, you! And the nice thing is, you can keep making clothes for them as birthday or other presents for your children. Even the floral dress you originally wanted to make for Miss Doe :-) Her boots are lovely - I wouldn't mind wearing these, either! Truly a wonderful Christmas gift and something your children will keep and treasure forever.

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  15. What sweet little creatures! Well done, I'm sure your children will just adore them. And yes, Miss Doe's little boots are just fab. Wishing you & yours a happy, joyful Christmas time,
    Xx

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  16. They are amazing, Gillian, you're so clever to produce these, especially under pressure! Mr Fox's floral ears are so cute. I'm sure the children will be thrilled with them. I look forward to hearing what names are chosen for them. xx

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  17. Lovely Gillian and I'm sure the kids will love them and hope we know what they name them. I can't believe you got them done in amongst all the mayhem of packing. Take care.

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  18. Gorgeous, mr fox especially. I love his tiny boots. Thanks for answering the duty bit, that's saved me a lot of money, because I was going to order the kit and that should make it very expensive. I'll go for the pattern now. Have a lovely peaceful fun time. Lots so love. Xx

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  19. good job on the animals,
    very nice,
    cant wait to find out what their names will be,
    cant beleive you had to pay so much for import charges, might have to get a pattern for myself but im not very good at sewing , do you think a beginner could manage these,
    wishing you a very happy xmas

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  20. I'm a bad bloggy friend - I had to scoot back a few posts to catch up with your moving news. How are you still able to string a sentence together, never mind sew such exquisite gifts? Your woodland creatures and just gorgeous Gillian, I am in awe.

    I wish you and your family a simply lovely Christmas my friend and I do hope the move down south goes smoothly. Can't wait to see the piccies of your new home!!!

    Heather xx

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  21. Both toys are beautiful Gillian and I'm sure that they will be well loved. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas :O)x

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  22. Your kids are really lucky to get such wonderful gifts with lots of love! :)

    I wish you a very merry christmas with lots of joy and love!

    Take care
    Anne
    http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.de

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  23. They look amazing! I bet your kids will be thrilled when they get them! How awesome is it, to have a mum who can sew you toys. I love that!
    Have a wonderful and relaxing Christmas!
    All the best from Austria!
    Emm.A

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  24. They are beautiful and I love how colour coordinated they are. I used to hand sew clothes for all my dolls, particularly my Pippa dolls but I can't think of a single thing that I stitched for my daughter. I look forward to seeing the wardrobe of these two as it expands.
    Have a relaxing Christmas....!

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  25. what lovely toys. you are very talented at sewing. Glad the move has all gone as expected.

    Happy Christmas and cheers to a fabulous new year in your new home.

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  26. Actually acrylic is strongest of all - pure acrylic that is. I have some that is lovely but most is perhaps not. The weakest of all and leads to fluffy fraying is the mixed wool and acylic, which looks beautiful but fluffs and frays at the edges. Pure wool is astronomically expensive, not that easy to find and the colours not very nice.

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    1. Hi there, thanks for the comment. That's really interesting- - perhaps I used a wool acrylic blend then? I could almost pull it apart with my fingers though, I know that much!

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  27. Gillian, these are just fantastic! I cannot imagine making anything so small and involved! Those tiny little brown boots are too much. Your kids are going to just love them - have a fantastic holiday. You have a lot of excitement going on.

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  28. They're just beautiful. What a lot of work and love you have put into them! I especially love the little boots. Do they come in my size? :-) xx

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  29. They are so gorgeous. Bella and Angus are lucky to have such a talented mum! I must say I do love Bella's choice of fabric for the dress... Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Glad to hear you've escaped the chaos and packing for a bit :-) x

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  30. They are both beautiful and will be so greatly loved I am sure!! Glad to hear that the house sale/move is going along well, it is good to know that things are moving along as it all slows down over Christmas isn't it. Happy Christmas! xx

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  31. Wonderful, something for your children to treasure. Have a great christmas!

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  33. They are both beautiful - you are a very talented sewer. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, Gillian, and thank you for visiting and commenting this past year. I hope your house move goes smoothly - so exciting to be starting anew in the New Year! xx

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  34. oh my goodness Gillian they are gorgeous, and such beautiful intricate sewing, I really can't decide which I like best. The children will love them!
    Happy Christmas xx

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  35. Love them! Thanks for the info about the postage. I've always been tempted to buy the kits but wasn't sure of the tax charges, which seem quite high..... I think that the pattern is the way forward.... You've done a fab job and now with the pattern can do as many as you want. Have a great Christmas!! Pati x

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  36. These are really beautiful. Merry Christmas.

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  37. You did a beautiful job with both of them. I still have Miss Maggie and Miss Doe in their wrappers, I am scared to death to hand stitch.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  38. They're fabulous Gillian, You and the little ones must be delighted. And I adore the dress fabric. Just gorgeous. Bee xx

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  39. THESE ARE SIMPLY WONDERFUL, I LOVE THEM!
    Margaret P
    PS Hope you have had a gorgeous Christmas!

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  40. They are just wonderful! I love the denim and her boots! lovely presents. Hope all has gone well and wishing you all the best for 2015! X

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  41. They are both gorgeous! Angus and Bella must have been over the moon with them.

    I do hope you've had a lovely restful Christmas and recharged your batteries before the move.

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  42. These are fantastic! I hope the children loved them, I'm sure they did!

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  43. They're wonderful Gillian. You're wonderfully creative and they're obviously made with such love. I'm sure they'll be adored xx

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