okay, I’m back in the saddle!

Reading my bloggy news this morning, I came across allsorts flickr montage of softies. Amongst an assortment of cute stuffed things was a gnome with a very tall and pointy red hat (why do we give such hats to our fairy folk – is it because we would really love to wear them ourselves but are worried we would look foolish so stick them on our imaginary friends instead?) and a square robot thing with long soft arms and legs.

I wanted something sweet with a tall and pointy red hat and long soft arms and legs. So I got out the paper and pencil and drew a large tomten (from my Advent calendar). Out came the trusty lengths of wool, the thread box and the button bowl and I was smitten for the next several hours (with washing, bed making, school delivering and retrieval, bread baking and dinner cooking in between of course!).

it all begins with some pins and wool

As I sewed, the little creature began to tell her story. She is not a tomten – they only come out at Christmas here in Brisbane – but a garden sprite, a mulberry one to be precise and her name is Mellitupple.

leaves and budding berries

Now, she really comes from across the fence – from the land of the mean-spirited and dull-witted neighbour whose appearance in his garden is only ever the prelude to hours of hacking at the trees that dare grow. He doesn’t mind the arm-pit high grass – it’s obviously a feature! After several years of such reprehensible behaviour, the only tree left standing – or staggering – is the mulberry. It just keeps on re-shooting but we think its day’s may be numbered – mean-spirited and dull-witted had a treelopper visit him last week.

swirly pointy hat

So Mellitupple decided enough was enough, and escaped over the tumbledown fence. Little A welcomed her with open arms … and took over the artistic direction.

After hours of slow and pretty stitching – feathery detail for her mulberry leaves and swirly insect paths meandering around her pointy hat – it was quick-sticks on with her arms and legs – don’t forget to attach them upside down and tuck them in!

tucked in arms and legs

And Little A stuffed that mulberry sprite nice and full – actually we ran out of stuffing 2/3s through and had to use strips of leftover quilt batting to finish her off!

chief stuffer

Little A may not be quick to pick up a patchwork needle, but there’s definitely an enthusiastic toymaker blooming.  She made this buttony-mulberry for Mellitupple’s hat – bit tricksy to sew on after stuffing but apparently essential for a mulberry sprite :-)

mulberry for hat

So here she is – Mellitupple the Mulberry Sprite – all done and ready for bed.
mellitupple the mulberry sprite

Oh dear! Check out the bottom lip – she looks like my little nephew Oscar when he’s about to cry.
bottom lip

She’s probably feeling sad about her mulberry tree.  Dear, dear – hopefully she’ll be right when Little A hops into bed and gives her a snuggle.

good night

good night …

mellitupple the mulberry sprite

7 thoughts on “mellitupple the mulberry sprite

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Mellitupple is adorable! It must have been great to have the assistance of a budding toymaker! Very, very sweet. I will think of her when our neighbor’s mulberry tree drops its fruit over the fence for our dogs to eat.

  • May 7, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Mellitupple is wonderful! So much detail.
    Little A is a very lucku child :-)

  • May 8, 2008 at 5:26 am

    Hello there,

    I just stumbled across your website. You do such beautiful work!!! Do you mind if I added you to my blogroll?

  • September 13, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I love your little guy I’d like to add you to our blog and put this tutorial on if you dont mind thanks in advance. kraftykrew.blogspot.com

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