Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Christmas Present For My Grandson



During the Fall season I usually get the urge to make some cross-stitch gifts for the holidays.  This year I decided to make a wolf counted cross-stitch picture for one of my teenage grandsons for Christmas.  I needed something masculine and thought a wolf might be nice.

I looked at a lot of different wolf pictures and decided I liked the Wolf counted cross-stitch kit from Dimensions.

Like the other Dimensions kits I had bought the kit included the pattern, pre-sorted cotton thread, 18 count white cotton Aida, needle and instructions.

The Wolf pattern uses full counted cross-stitch, half cross-stitch, french knots and outline stitching for emphasis and depth and this detailing really makes the picture stand out. The design of this cross-stitch gives the finished picture a 3 dimensional aspect with the cross stitch, half cross-stitch, french knots and outlining being used for artistic effect.

The pattern came with starting and working order instructions as well as samples of the various stitches required, color coded keys (with code #'s, lengths, color names, and cross-stitch symbols) and a chart with color coded symbols.

While I was very pleased with the end results of this design there are some things in the kit and in the instructions that can be improved upon.

I was very happy with the color coded chart as it was quite large at 13" by 9" and very easy to read.

As was the case with previous Dimensions kits the thread sorter was poorly designed. The embroidery threads were glued to foam backed 4" by 1 1/4" strips of cardboard that had a picture of the color of the thread and it's number. In order to get to the threads you had to separate the foam back from the cardboard strip. Very quickly the threads separated from their section and then you no longer knew what the thread number was to tie to your symbols & legends.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Needle Felted Church Shadow Box Picture Products - The Dolls Product Lines Series



One of the free style needle felted pictures that I wanted to create a couple of years ago was a needle felted church scene that I made using the wonderful white roving that my sister had given me from her alpaca Sunflower.  She and her husband are the owners of Rock Garden Alpacas and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber.

I thought it would be nice to create a mountain type church winter scene with a church, evening stars, mountain range, evergreen trees, and oak tree and then create a free e-pattern so you could create one of your own.

At the last minute I decided to add the Dimensions Needlecraft Needle Felted Character Kit, Snowman that I had bought and created as I thought he looked cute with the scene.   I blogged about it and reviewed it in a Linda's Blog post entitled Dimensions Needle Felted Snowman Kit.

While creating some new winter custom fabric designs I decided winter church scenes would make an adorable design for fabric so I created one, then two, then three, etc.  I always get carried away.


I also designed a church cut and sew ornament as I thought it would look pretty on a Christmas tree.

So, the needle felted church shadow box has custom fabric products of its' own.  I hope you like them.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Total Redesign For The Hawk Family and Egg Muffs Family Custom Fabric Line



The "dollies" and I have been busy lately re-designing their custom fabric line.  They had been storing up so many ideas it took us several weeks to decide which designs we would use.  Who knew the "dollies" could be so creative?


Shown below are all the new or revised fabric designs that we have in our "It's Raining Doll Parties - Doll Parties 1 Fabric Designs Collection" collection. We hope you and your guests enjoy making many, many things for your girls or boys birthday crafting party.

© 2007-2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Mr. Jolly, The Pencil Tree And The "Dollies"


When we walked into Lowe's the other day I knew I was going to be in trouble.  As we entered the door my eye caught sight of the jolliest Santa you'd ever want to see.  He was just standing there greeting all the customers with the biggest smile on his face.  I, of course, instantly fell in love with him and dubbed him Mr. Jolly.

As I approached him he called me Linda and asked if I was enjoying this holiday season.  I thought he might be reading my mind but figured the joy of this holiday season was written all over my face so it was obvious to him that I was so happy.

Somehow he knew that Christmas was my most favorite time of the year.  Not just for me, but the "dollies" as well. Oh, yeah.  He knew all about the "dollies." Go figure!

I knew for sure that I would be coming home with him and wondered what hubby would think of this.  It wasn't as if we needed another Christmas decoration.  We have a few! Ya think?

Mr. Jolly asked him how he was and I knew he was smitten as well.  So, we looked at each other and knew we'd be taking him home with us.  We both thought he would look wonderful next to our new "pencil" tree, which we both love. So, we told him to follow us to the check out line.

When we were checking out there was only one cashier and one person in line ahead of us.  When we got to the cashier there was a problem.  Mr. Jolly didn't have a tag on him and she needed his item number in order to ring him in.  While she was calling the holiday department I decided to run over and read the item number off the sticker where we had found him.  I literally had to run as I could see that the line was building up already.  Yikes! People don't like waiting in line. Especially during the holidays. Yikes!

On my way back I noticed there were "a lot"of  people in the line now.  In fact, it was winding down one of the aisles. Yikes!

However, the strange thing was they didn't seem annoyed.  How could this be?  One cashier, lots of people in line and the holiday season?  They all had to be annoyed, but they weren't.  It seems Mr. Jolly had won them all over as well.  They were all smitten as well.  Phew! I wasn't looking forward to approaching an angry mob of customers.

I told the cashier his item number which she was happy to have as she was still waiting on hold on the telephone.  Two minutes later we had checked out and were walking out the door.  I thought Mr. Jolly was behind us, but when I looked back he wasn't.  He was still talking to the customers in line and they were all still smiling, laughing and carrying on.  Simply amazing.

I went over to him and whispered in his ear that we had to go home now so he waved to all the customers and off we went.

The "Pencil" Tree - Perfect In Every Way


Every year I tell myself that I'm not going to buy any new Christmas decorations.  Well, this year I saw some tall, skinny artificial Christmas trees that I call "pencil" trees and thought they might look nice in our family room.  My sister had bought a tall, skinny artificial tree a few years ago for her living room as the tree she had was just too big for the room and was really happy with it.

The problem with our Christmas trees every year is they always end up in the dining room, living room, or sun-room.  That's okay but we spend most of our time in the kitchen and family room and there really isn't any room for a big Christmas tree.

So, I mentioned this to hubby and we went to look at them as they were on sale.  We both thought it would be nice to see a lighted Christmas tree (albeit tall and skinny) in the family room.  So, we bought one as the sale price was good and brought it home.

Each year the only decorations I put on the Christmas tree are one's I've made, my mother or sister made, or were given to me by family members and I was determined to uphold this tradition as well.  I wasn't sure the tree would be big enough to hold them all but decided I would give it my best shot.

The tree was really easy to set up and when it was finished I was happy to see that all my decorations fit perfectly.  In fact, I love the way they look on the "pencil" tree as it really highlights the decorations.

I love it.  The "dollies" love it and hubby loves it as well. It's tall, skinny, like a "pencil." It's a perfect tree.  What could be better than that?



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Dolls Product Lines Series - Needle Felted Snowman Picture Products



I love creating with my sister's alpaca roving.  One of the free style needle felted e-patterns that I created a couple years ago was a needle felted snowman picture that I made years ago using the wonderful white roving that my sister had given me from her alpaca Sunflower.  She and her husband are the owners of Rock Garden Alpacas and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber.


I thought it would be nice to create a Christmas and Winter scene type picture with a snowman, stars, a tree with presents underneath and then create a free e-pattern so you could create one of your own. e After creating that I decided to create some custom fabrics using my designs.  Enjoy!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Victorian Dress Fabric Designs Collection




I just LOVE the Victorian Era because I love the dresses they wore.  In fact, one of the reasons I love creating Victorian dolls is because of the dresses.  I also love designing fabric and have been wanting to design some Victorian Dress fabrics for quite some time.  Finally, this year I was able to create some.  I hope you enjoy my new collection.

© 2007-2019 Copyright Linda Walsh Originals - Fabric Designs By Linda Walsh.

My Alpacas Love Their Apple Trees Mug Rugs E-Pattern



Alpacas Rock - Alpacas Love Their Apple Trees Mug Rugs is an e-pattern to create two 4 1/4" by 7" alpaca stitchery mug rugs.

Each of your mug rugs utilizes two 4 1/4” by 7” pieces of felt. One to sew all the wool felt pieces of the picture to and the other as back lining. The alpaca pieces are embroidered as a stitchery and then embroidered to the felt background for each respective mug rug. The clouds, apple trees, leaves, and apples are embroidered to the felt background. The fence rails and fence posts are embroidered to the alpacas and the felt background. Leaves of grass are also embroidered to the fence rails, alpacas feet, and felt background on the grazing alpaca mug rug. The mug rugs are blanket stitched around all the edges.

The pattern includes text instructions, step-by-step color diagrams for finishing the alpaca stitchery mug rugs from start to finish, full page picture layout sheet, alpacas embroidery design instructions sheet and full page single sided pattern piece sheets. The pattern also includes step-by-step illustrations and instructions for blanket stitching.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

My 2 in 1" Kathleen Snow Queen and Alexander Snow Tsar" Primitive Snowman New Combo E-Pattern


There's nothing more adorable then two primitive snowman and snow-lady dolls.  If you are looking to make an adorable pair of snowman and snow-lady dolls then you're going to love our "Kathleen Snow Queen and Alexander Snow Tsar" 2 in 1 combo e-pattern.


“Kathleen Snow Queen”, 6” Primitive Snow-lady Doll Decoration E-Pattern - Snowlady Doll - Winter Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

"Kathleen Snow Queen" has no problem handling the cold. She is, after all, from a long line of Estonian Snow Queens. "Kathleen Snow Queen" is very proud of her Estonian heritage. She comes from a long line of "Snow Queens" and is proud to show her genealogy to anyone who asks. She spends hours and hours searching for her ancestry and has been working on her genealogy project for over 20 years. If you want to view her genealogy just be sure to reserve have plenty of time - it's a lengthy genealogy spanning back hundreds of years.

She is a free-standing snowlady with a coffee stained terry cloth square bottom body with an embroidered heart. She has an embroidered face with black eyes, cinnamon sticks for arms, large fringed flannel scarf wrapped around her head and neck, and fur ear muffs. She is holding a grapevine heart in one arm and a small “I Love Snow” sign in the other.


“Alexander Snow Tsar”, 8” Primitive Snowman Doll Decoration E-Pattern - Snowman Doll - Winter Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level - Beginner

Alexander Snow Tsar can handle the cold. After all he is from a long line of Russian Tsars. "Alexander Snow Tsar" is also very proud of his Russian heritage. He, too, is from a long line of Russian Tsars. He hasn't spend as much time on his genealogy as "Kathleen Snow Queen." He's working on it slowly but surely - generation by generation.

He is a free-standing snowman with a coffee stained terry cloth square bottom body with pockets. He has an embroidered face with black eyes, cinnamon sticks for arms, fringed flannel scarf and fur hat. He is carrying one ski and one ski-pole in his pockets.

Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Needle Felted Snowman Picture Free E-Pattern



One of the free style needle felted e-patterns that I wanted to create recently was a needle felted snowman picture that I made years ago using the wonderful white roving that my sister had given me from her alpaca Sunflower.  She and her husband are the owners of Rock Garden Alpacas and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber.


I thought it would be nice to create a Christmas and Winter scene type picture with a snowman, stars, a tree with presents underneath and then create a free e-pattern so you could create one of your own. The e-pattern includes tips for needle felting, step-by-step instructions for completing the picture, a colored snowman picture instruction steps sheet so you can see what piece belongs to what step, a colored snowman picture layout sheet that is the actual size of your needle felted snowman picture, and pattern pieces.


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