This tiny little gnome is needle felted white alpaca and plant dyed wool. Her skin, hat and shoes are dyed with cleavers roots, the decorations on her dress are dyed with onion skins, her blanket with St Johns Wort and her eyes with indigo. She's not quite 3 inches tall. I put the quarter in the picture for scale. And a picture with a full size gnome and a "life size" mouse.
Ann, That's a great idea! Tiny little needle felted handbags for my gnomes... that sounds like my kind of fun!
I don't own a purse myself... I use a laptop backpack. I'm a bit of what they used to call a "tomboy". Is that OK to say these days? (i.e. I'd rather fix my own plumbing than wear high heals and I like to think of my gnomes as "action figures" not "dolls".)
At this point my wet felting is rustic at best and limits my choice of projects. So, even though I drool looking at the fabulous felted purses people are making, real handbags are not on my to do list. Seeing all the fancy stitching on this site I considered adding a blanket stitch around the edges of her blanket... But "sigh" I don't really have any skill at that either.
But now,hee hee, with this idea (she rubs her hands together in a sinister way) I can steal borrow everyones cool bag designs and market them to gnomes everywhere... (just kidding) I will be making little handbags for my gnomes though. Thanks
Go for it with the purse idea. I carry a purse but it is more of a knapsack in that it has all kinds of things in it. They always weigh a ton. I always end up breaking the handles. I was/am a tom boy. Ann
You could start a trend in micro wet felting Teriann, use the quarter as a resist
I have a picture tutorial for blanket stitch on flickr. The first part just shows using it around edges and the second part shows joining two pieces together, if that helps (I refer back to it a lot, I always forget how to start!) www.flickr.com/photos/zedster01/sets/72157623970571108/