Sewing Patchwork Dashingly Cute Dachshunds! 

I’m slowly starting to make a bit of a dent into my to do list – it maybe only a small dent but it’s all progress! The number of animal makes I have completed and have still yet to do is just insane, although finally they are starting to reduce in number and I have resisted adding any more – for now! I’ve managed to squeeze in this animal make before starting quite a big project I have been putting off for quite a while. I’m quite excited for this next make and surprisingly it’s not going to be animal related, although I have a feeling it’s going to be one of my biggest challenges I have taken on so far! However, back to this post and all of its animal cuteness!

I saw a pattern for these patchwork dachshunds in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (Issue 8) – it’s actually the reason I bought the magazine! I have been looking forward to doing them for a while and after the success of the patchwork rabbits I was confident I could give them a go! I made one with pinks, blues and biege, and the other in blues, greens, and biege. These were small pieces of some of my favourite fabrics I have had leftover from other projects so was very happy to be able to use them.  

I think doing the rabbits first helped me a lot with doing these as I kind of knew what I was doing, rather than the unknown I experienced with the rabbits! I had no real problems at all, well until I sewed a head piece on upside down! But luckily I realised and got it sorted out without any trouble – the joys of unpicking! 

I knew these dogs would look cute, but I really couldn’t believe how cute they have come out, I know they are going to be very well lived in their new homes – although they will have a little wait until they go as these are part of my ridiculous number of Christmas makes! 

Sewing Two Very Smiley Patchwork Rabbits

I am starting to think I may have a slight obsession with animal makes, they seem to be taking over and I still have quite a few left on my list! 

I saw these in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine issue 12 a while ago and they looked so cute I really wanted to make them. However, I haven’t really made much patchwork apart from quilts and a couple of Easter eggs so I wasn’t too sure how well I would fair making them, especially as I had no idea what the markings and descriptions on the pattern for cutting out the fabric even meant! Luckily after a few frantic phone calls to my mum – who I would love to be as good as at sewing one day (but am a long long way off!), I knew roughly what I was doing and felt confident enough that I might be able to at least get started and see how I got on.  

I wanted to make two of these rabbits, one in a cream with red tartan, and the other in a duck egg with flowery fabric. I set about cutting out all the fabric – making sure to cut out the triangle marking points too – good thing I checked about these as I would have just cut straight over then otherwise! Took me a little while to get it all cut out – I didn’t want to rush it and mess it up but I got there eventually with no disasters! 

Now it was time to follow the instructions to make the rabbit, and I could believe how easy the instructions were to follow and the diagrams made anything I was a bit unsure of completely clear, and as a result I had no problems at all in sewing any part of the rabbits together – even the little fiddly bits!.  I was pretty shocked to be honest, I thought I might have come across at least one or two problems, but no I managed to get them all put together without anything going wrong! I was beyond happy with myself, I really should have more confidence in my sewing! 

Once I added the embroidered detail to the faces it really bought them to life, and I have also added the name of the recipients onto the back of one of the legs to make them a little more personalised. I really wanted to keep one of these for myself they are just so lovely! But it will soon be time for them to go to their new homes, at least I will get to see them again when I go and visit! 

Crochet Owls: The Creature Makes Are Continuing! 

I love these owls, they always make me smile, the effect of the ears really finished them off. I have made these in matching colours but you can make them all different, or not do the striped effect so they are just one colour – so many different effects you could go for. So far I have only made them in the green and purple on both occasions that I have made a set, but the next lot I do I will be having a bit of a play with the colours! 

My list of makes to do is starting to get out of hand, I barely seem to get one item finished off the list and am adding at least two new ones! I’ve decided to try and get through some of the smaller makes on the list to try and get it down a bit in size so I can then focus on some big quilting projects I am wanting to get on with. 

I started these owls quite a while ago from a DMC crochet pattern: family of owls amigurami, 14934L/2, and used DMC Natura cotton,  but they got pushed to the bottom of my craft box and I had forgotten about them until I came across the pattern for them and realised I hadn’t finished them! I had made some of these owls before so knew they wouldn’t take me too long once I got going with them, I already had the small body finished and medium half finished so only had that to finish off and to do and the large and then add the beaks and eyes.  

Now to work on the next make from my list, think I might go for some patchwork next! 

Crochet Dorest Down Sheep from Edward’s Menagerie 

Sadly my week of menagerie animal makes has come to an end, but it’s ended on a high with a fabewelous sheep!  

I opted to make the Dorset Down Sheep as my final menagerie make in my week dedicated to making animals from Edward’s menagerie by Kerry Lord – How could I not it’s just adorable!

I used a slightly lighter colour for the nose arms and ears as I didn’t have a darker one in my stash. I also decided to use different colours on the fleece, firstly because I didn’t have enough chunky cream wool to do both the body, head, and fleece, and second because I thought the fleece would look good in varying shades of cream. I had a plain cream and a speckled black cream in my stash which I knew would work perfectly together. So I used the chunky cream to do the head and body and a bit of the fleece, and used the cream with black speckle and cream for the rest of the fleece. I used a 5mm hook as the cream wool for the body an head was a chunky knit as was the brown I used for the nose, arms, legs and ears.

To compete the fleece I first went around in the chunky cream, next the cream with black speckle and finally filled in the remaining gaps with the cream.

I think I spaced out my loops more than in the book, and didn’t sew the ch8 loop into the next stitch along from the start of the chain but 3, 4 or even in some cases 5 stitches away from the start of the chain, so the fleece doesn’t stick out as much but I was happier with the effect of the loops when they were a bit more spread out. The fleece took me a long time to do, it’s amazing how many loops are needed to cover the whole body, I started to think I was never going to get there and I am sure I will be seeing them in my sleep for quite a while to come!

I wasn’t too sure how it was going to work out, is wasn’t until all the fleece has been completed I could see my use of different colours was a good choice and I am really pleased I opted for using a few different colours. I was really worried while making it as I was doubting myself a bit half way through.

Now that my week of making these is over I need to get back onto my list of projects I need to finish off! On the plus side I do have a couple of animal makes on this (I love making animals!). A few of these makes I need to have finished in the next few weeks so I really need to get moving!

Crochet Bat From Edward’s Menagerie

Went a bit batty trying to finish this one off but have managed to complete my third animal make of the week – flapping in is a very cute bat…

I have managed to complete a third animal from Edward’s Menagerie by Kerry Lord this week, I wasn’t too sure how many I would get finished when I set out on my week of making these animals but I am happy that at day 5 I have got three made.

I opted to use a 3mm hook on this one and a striped brown and cream wool for the body and black for the wings. This one has taken me the longest out of the three made so far as the legs took a little longer with 2 of them being a bit longer and the wings proved to be a bit of a challenge! It took me quite a few attempts to get the wings looking right, I lost count of the amount of times I had to unravel all of what I had done as it wasn’t lining up correctly. All the unravelling drove me a bit batty but it was worth it and in really happy with how they have turned out, almost back to being my non-batty self now – although think I was a bit before I started to be honest! 

Despite being a bat I think this make is pretty cute, I love it’s ears! This one is going to be a perfect gift for Halloween – long time away I know but I like to be prepared and have things made with plenty of time to spare!  

Now it’s time to get back to crocheting more of these animals – I think I might have time to squeeze in one more before I have to get back to my other projects! 

Crochet Alpaca From Edward’s Menagerie

Following on from the aardvark, here’s an alpaca! 

After completing the aardvark from the Edwards menagerie book I decided to embark on another name from the book, as previously it took me a while to decide which one to do! After narrowing it down to a few I could do with wool I already had in my stash that I could make them with I decided to do the alpaca! 

Similarly to the aardvark it was so easy to follow the instructions to make it, it took me a a little bit of practise to get a hang of the chain loops and getting them in the right place for the hair, but I managed to get there with it after a few goes.

Don’t think I could part with this one – think I will be keeping it for myself! Now to decide which animal to do next!