Along with tractors and anything with an engine in it, TF loves dinosaurs. Sometimes they are friendly, but other times they are the enemy. He chats about them and is curious why they’re no longer around. I sense he is disappointed.
When I was putting my Christmas making list together, felted dinosaurs for him were one of the first items I came up with. I love it when ideas almost ping into my head. I knew the size and types I wanted to make. With my new found confidence in designing my own shapes, I sat down with paper and pencil, and designed my first dinosaurs.
I toyed (excuse the pun), with the idea of jointed and pipe-cleaner bendy legs, but scrubbed the idea once I thought about the way he would play with them. I kept the design the same, but left out the moving parts, which ultimately makes a more interesting shape. I used 100% wool felt and blanket stitched it all together. This is a blue-throated scelidosaurus stegosaurus.
This does tie up with another project, which I hope to share with you next week.
For the Tricerotops, I used the same design, but altered some features. This time I used old felted jumpers. It gives a more textured skin surface. Maybe more battle scarred. I ran out of white embroidery silk, but I will blanket stitch around the white horns and plate, to make them stand up to rough play.
My darling husband, asked me why I had made two. I put one in his hand and he turned it over and over in his hand to look at it. I gave him the other one and instantly he had them battling each other. Need I say more!
I have plans to make a couple more and probably pair them up with a book from TF’s favourite series of dinosaur books – Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs. What is the betting that the first thing TF does is have them battling with each other.
So how is your Christmas list doing?