My younger daughter bought me this book. I think it may have been last Christmas.
As always when receiving a book like this I feel that I ought to make something from it, although I really didn’t like the look of the fairy on the cover. She had an air of menace about her.
However when I looked at the patterns I realised that they all used small quantities of unusual yarns in pretty colours that I didn’t have and I knew it would cost a lot to buy them and leave a lot over, so I shelved the idea!!
Recently though ‘nanacathy’ alerted me to the fact that the book is meant as a number of suggestions and even the author does not expect you to make fairys exactly like hers. There are a couple of pictures of nanacathy’s fairy HERE.
I therefore looked through my leftover yarns to see what I could do.
And I made this
When I told my granddaughter that I was going to make a fairy like in the book and would she like her she said “Yes”.
So I think of her as a bluberry fairy because of the colours but I will leave my granddaughter to name her.
Apart from mixing and matching parts from the different fairies. I did choose to stiffen her limbs with some of theseso she would be more poseable, although the book means you to leave them neither stiffened or stuffed.
The colours of the fairy were largely determined by what I had.
The eyelash yarn was left over from the Womble.
The purple for the dress from my fairisle hat and cowlThe silver was left over from my silver snowflakes and angel for Christmas. The grey was a tiny ball in my bag of leftover Sylecraft Special DK and the Camel was a larger part ball in the Stylecraft yarn drawer of my merchant’s chest. Both left over from making blankets
The other yarn, mohair, that you hardly see here, as it is at the back, was from my first shrug.
The flesh colour was also quite a large ball that I had bought to make toys for my granddaughter some years ago. I embroidered the face. because I couldn’t paint eyes like the author had done and embroidery seemed easier even though I am not very good.
Here she is sitting on my mantlepiece along with the other ornaments until I get a chance to give her to my granddaughter who is now fifteen. I feel she is more of an ornament that a toy as I am not sure the stitching would stand up to rough handling.
And here is a back view.