In my crafty exploits, although cross-stitch is my first love, I really enjoy working with felt. It’s forgiving and easy to work with, comes in a bunch of fun colours and patterns, and works up quickly into something recognizable.
I’m not quite sure how I missed the first round, but back in May, I happened upon Round 2 of a Twinchie Swap on Craftster.org. What’s a twinchie, you ask? I’m no expert, but it’s a 2″ square felt patch with some sort of picture or pattern appliquéd onto the front. Some of the ladies on there take this stuff seriously, and plan to amass enough different twinchies to combine into a wall hanging or something similar. That part felt like a lot of commitment (how many swaps does that take, Mr. Owl?), but piecing together four patches for a partner? No sweat.
My partner provided me with a list of five areas of interest, and since I didn’t feel quite capable of translating Harry Potter characters into felt, I chose her “things from the sea” theme.
The jellyfish turned out to be my partner’s favourite, though it was the least-embellished. The floaty tentacles are stem-stitched, using Petite Treasure Braid from Rainbow Gallery.
This was the first one I completed. I was so excited to have a use for all those beads I kept after my jewelry-making phase in high school!
“Especially seahorses” showed up on my partner’s swap questionnaire as an addendum to “things from the sea”, so I delivered. The colours remind me a bit of Pinkie Pie (My Little Sea Pony?).
I think this one was my favourite. I appliquéd the black stripes onto the yellow fish shape, and then backstitched the fin detail.
All together. Because the squares were 2″ x 2″, each creature is about 1.5″ – 1.75″ at its widest spot.
As always, thanks for looking! 🙂
* What’s a Smoot? Glad you asked!