Monday, August 22, 2011
I've started crafting for our home school year which begins very soon in September. My goal is to have my crafts & story props finished a couple of weeks or a month ahead of time. This little gnome is my first real foray in needle felting. I've needle felted accents on my dolls & made 2 very tiny & simple needle felted gnomes, (like an inch tall) but that's as far as I had taken it. I was surprised at how long this little guy took, but he was well worth the effort.
This year I will be dispersing seven stories throughout our year from the book, A Donsy of Gnomes. I can't wait to begin telling them, they are beautiful & gentle stories full of qualities like kindness, love, helpfulness & generosity. I can't say enough positive things about them. I'm not sure who this little gnome is yet, maybe "Mossy". I started out trying to create "Pebbles" but than he whispered his favorite colors to me and I found in the end he is just not a "Pebbles". I'll try again next time and we'll see who comes forth.
I made him from instructions in the book. (yes, the book even has a few gnome craft ideas, storytelling ideas and a recipe!) He has bendy arms and legs. I think I made his head a little too large which confused my dimensions. So for my next gnome I will make his arms much longer because I like his size. This gnomes' arms look quite short & silly to me.
Regardless of who he is, (I'm sure he'll tell me his name soon) he will help me tell one of the seven stories this year.
Until next time...