It seems it is true that pattern submissions are like buses – wait for a while and then two come along together! This is certainly the case for me as my second submission was featured in this month’s Sew Hip magazine….
Yes, it’s one of my favourite themes – animals in love – this time featuring (at the editor’s request) elephants falling for each other. It looks great in the magazine, their photography is just so much better than my own and they write the pattern up so well too.
I do like elephants, when I was young I was the proud possessor of a beautiful fat elephant called Enric (no I don’t know why either). I remember being fascinated that his knitted body was stuffed with my mum’s chopped up old tights – or would it have been stockings in those days? He had a little hole under his trunk and I could poke my finger in to feel his insides.
In memory of that long ago, loved to pieces toy, and also inspired by my elephant cushion cover, I’ve put together a quick pattern for you … a little elephant crafted from felt – easily made in a single evening. The pattern’s free and, like the magazine, is hosted on Issuu – just click here to view and print.
Above is my modern-day Enric with his friend Isaac, the little knitted bunny and my most recent pattern – an applique/embroidery tea cosy. This pattern will be included with next month’s magazine as part of an article on using vintage illustration for embroidery. Just got to get on and write it up before then! Both toys and the cosy will be on my stall at the Nostalgic Mix Fair in Totnes on the 24th of next month – hope to see some of you there!