They always say if you hear a mouse in your house then there’s definitely more than one, I’ve now made another two mice, well pictures of them anyway!
Over the summer Andrea from Raggedy Ruff Designs was selling various odd kits for her gorgeous applique designs. I do find them hard to resist, I have quite a collection waiting to be made and amongst those was a cute little design of a young mouse giving her mum a flower. I decided it would be rather nice on the front of a bag to give Wilhelmina Woodmouse in for my granddaughter at Christmas. The original design had the little mouse in trousers, I changed it to a skirt as she’s a very girly girl.
Andrea uses freezer paper to accurately cut the intricate shapes, she then just holds the pieces in place, I’m not that brave, I use a small dab of fabric glue to hold everything in place whilst I do the first stitching round the edge of everything. I always worry at this point as the outline never looks as neat as I would like…
Next I started adding detail to the mice’s heads and mum’s dress, the hand, feet and tail were filled in too with a very pale pink.
I tried out some new machine embroidery threads too, I’ve been looking for some for a while when Oliver Twists announced a special offer of a full set of machine embroidery threads for half price, it was still a fair outlay, but a very good deal…and I now have lots of colours to choose from…
This is just half of the threads, aren’t they gorgeous! My machine likes them too which is always a bonus!
I added some detail to the young mouse’s outfit and stitched the flowers too, it’s a fairly small design so it didn’t take long to finish. All I need to do now is make a bag with the mice on the front and a felt mouse inside.
If you fancy having a go there are some gorgeous designs on the Raggedy Ruff website, if you follow her on facebook she quite often has odd kits for sale.