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Friday, June 20, 2008

Gnome Craft – In My Garden!

I took a little break from finishing up the latest book, Let’s Crochet! and did something completely different. This is a little gnome doll made with a wire armature body and wool felt clothing. He posed in my potted plant
and then had to take a stroll in the garden.

The inspiration was a book called The Gnome Craft Book" by Thomas and Petra Berger. I found it at my local library and thought it looked interesting. Turns out it was first published in Dutch and translated into English. That explains a lot.

It’s not like the craft books we’re accustomed to. There are lots of techniques and the authors assume that readers know how to do quite a few different things from knitting and embroidery to simple wood carving and wire work. Even the little fellow here would have been quite difficult if I hadn’t already known how to make wire armature dolls and had the proper tools.

The dolls eventually suggest their names but he doesn’t have one yet. Any suggestions?


Spinneretta said...

I dont know, he looks kind of like a Peterkin.
That book is pretty highly recommended in certain homeschooling circles ;)

Monette Satterfield said...

Peterkin it is!

I'm not surprised the book is popular for homeschooling. It has some great projects, especially the ones that use natural materials.

Thanks for the little fellows name.

Spinneretta said...

It was the natural materials that clinched it :)

And Thank YOU for accepting the name Peterkin :)