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The name explains it all. They are wee and boy are they wonderful!! May I introduce Olive and Kitty from the Wee Wonderful line. They were a blast to make and I love them so much
I can’t don’t want to give them away. I had been eyeing them on the website for a while but when I say the kitty pattern at the Craft Inc. fair last month I just had to have it. The next day I made kitty. The very next day after kitty, I bought the pattern for Olive and made her. If it hadn’t been for the need to make other Christmas gifts I would have continued until my whole world was populated by Wee Wonderful creations.
Olive is a Christmas gift for
me my niece. I really loved making this doll and will probably make her some of the accessories when I have more time.
Fabric: Random Corduroy and Polyester Felt (not recommended)
Inspiration: Wee Wonderful Olive and Archie Pattern
Modifications: I added little ponytails
Enjoyment Factor: 10!!!
Time: 1.5 days
- I love the result from such a simple pattern. Everything was pretty inexpensive or from stash and the construction was easy. I hightly recommend this pattern!
- This was my second time doing embroidery (the first time was kitty). I really like how the stitching brings like to the doll. Adding the little white stitch to the eye was the final touch that made Olive come alive!
- I added a little ethnicity to Olive because my niece is black and mexican so a slightly darker skin tone was needed. Also she has curly hair that is often worn in ponytails so I added that too.
- Since I added to the hair pattern, stitching around the wisps of Olive’s hair and the ponytails was a bit of a chore.
- Stitching those arms and legs in was no joke. It was quite a bit of work to get those in.
- The arms came out a little low. I thought I measured the correct amount from the neck, but I guess the stitching pushed them down.
- I couldn’t find and didn’t really know about Wool Felt when I was making my Wee Wonderfuls. I wish I had because the quality of wool felt versus Polyester felt is noticeable. Polyester felt does not wear as well as the wool felt and therefore will pill (as seen on kitty below). I did read in Sew Stylish Magazine, Gifts issue that if you can’t get wool felt you can control the pills by:
- preshrinking felt in hot water, and drying it in the dryer
- Then misting the dried felt with water and ironing it dry. However, ironing typically causes the felt to melt but preshrinking should eliminate this problem according to them.
Kitty is a Christmas gift for a family friend. Kitty was the first Wee Wonderful ever made and was quite a learning experience. I
made a lot of mistakes learned a lot of techniques about embroidery and felt on Kitty. But either way she still is cute!
Fabric: Polyester Felt (not recommended)
Inspiration: Wee Wonderful Put Together- Book #1
Enjoyment Factor: 10!!!
Time: 1 days
- Kitty is a great beginner pattern for the Wee Wonderful line. It was very easy to assembly and cut everything and it goes together in a flash.
- Since I bought this pattern in person, I really liked the presentation of the booklet. It is a high quality print and worth the money.
- I like the yellow buttons I had in my stash for the eyes. They look like really cat eyes to me.
- Polyester Felt!! See above for why I don’t like it, but see below for the outcome. You can really see the pilling on Kitty. However, the upside is that kitty is a cat and therefore it just makes her look furry.
- The embroidery on kitty is less than stellar but it was my first time so it doesn’t look THAT bad.
Sorry I have been away so long. I have just been Busy, busy, busy due to my recent outburst of Christmas crafting. Normally I don’t commit to too much in the way of handmade gifts but this year I am on a mission! It mainly has to do with this being the first Christmas where my ability to sew is pretty good so there will be lot of sewn gifts. Anyway, this will be a quick post but here are some sneak peeks on what I haven been working on…
Ummm…what a minute! These are for me!! But lets forget about that for a second. Anyway I started on the Anemoi Mittens and they are fabulous. love the knitting. However, I think I may have got the colors backwards and probably should have switched them since the green seems to overpower the purple. Haven’t decided yet if I will rip or keep going.
In the meantime I have been obsessed with making toys for my younger niece and nephew. I am currently working on Elijah for my nephew.
This is such a wonderful and well written pattern. It was so worth the $4.00 for such an ingenious pattern and construction. So far I have completed the head on one leg since this picture was taken. Can’t wait until he is done!
Last, but definitely not least, are my Wee Wonderfuls!!! OMG I have been obsessed with these. These go fast but I have become obsessed with all the accessories. I want to make all the clothes and backpacks to go with them but I had to stop because I have other Christmas crafting to work on. I did make them for my niece but I want to keep them for myself 😥 They are so cute it makes me wanna squeal 😀 and believe me it take quite a lot to make me do that! These definitely deserve a proper daylight post so I will have to leave you with this teaser shot.
I have lots more to tell you but this is all I can muster for now. I hope to have another post this weekend if I have time.
Have a good week all!