Are you familiar with Pindsvin? Pindsvin is a brave Danish Hedgehog who travels by teacup. I made a Pindsvin embroidery pattern a couple of years ago (and spotted quite a few other animals starting to use a teacup as way of traveling after that...) and since then Pindsvin has developed into a real character.
|drawing of Pindsvin (not the pattern!)|
Yesterday I was 'playing' with some felt and made not very elaborate try outs of a tiny mitten and a tiny shoe. Then I thought it would be fun to have a 'real' Pindsvin to dress and make things for and to keep me company while I sew and embroider. And maybe it would be even more fun to have other crafty folk making things for Pindsvin (more about that later)
So this morning I started making a Pindsvin stuffy based on a pattern in Hillary Lang's book called Wee Wonderfuls 24 Dolls to Sew and Love. To be honest, I bought this book last year I think and wasn't expecting to use it soon but there you go..
My Pindsvin is roughly based on the bears Melvin and Marian. The ears will be smaller and placed on the side of the head rather than near the top. The snout and nose will be adjusted (still flat though) and obviously Pindsvin will need clothing fit for a sailing Hedgehog! I also need to figure out how to do this quills...
I didn't have enough felt in one colour so I had to do his legs in a different colour and his body is made of a quite nasty acrylic felt (I really need to stock up on quality felt!). So far it hasn't been too difficult making my Pindsvin. The instructions in the book were easy to follow. I traced the pattern pieces onto tracing paper which was a breeze because they were the right size so I didn't need to enlarge or anything. I always find that a bit off putting to be honest and craft book publishers should really make every effort to print pattern pieces to size.
Back to the idea of making stuff for Pindsvin...if you are particularly good at a craft then I would be thrilled if you could make something for Pindsvin. I already have an offer for a knitted scarf so that's covered. ;) Other possible items: an apple (maybe needle felted), a map or a lantern (thank you Georgia for those suggestions!), clothing, a little book, a blanket, travel items. It has to be '3D' so no flat apples etc.! I can't offer you money but the idea is that I will feature your item here on the blog and if you have a blog or a shop related to what you made for Pindsvin then I will not fail to mention that as well. It's all just for fun and there is no hurry. As you can see Pindsvin isn't finished yet so I'm thinking of starting these features from early 2013. Send me an email at email@example.com with your idea (so I can check if it fits Pindsvin's image) a link to stuff you make and an idea about when you think you can have your item finished. Don't start just yet because naturally the items should be the right size and I will need to inform you about Pindsvin's measurements first...Wouldn't it be fun to have a photo of Pindsvin a year from now with all the fabulous handmade goodies he 'collected' from all over the world?