If you can knit there is a great gnome pattern from Alan Dart. This pattern was in the Simply Knitting Magazine and may be one of their free patterns, however Alan Dart does have his own site with various patterns available. Hope this helps.
Back stitch usually works just fine, you may need to make the stitches a little smaller as larger ones tend not hold the fabric together as firmly. When you start and end a seam it also helps to go back over it for few stitches to stop the seam opening at the ends especially the the pull through gaps. This makes for a neater seam when you close the gap as well. Hope this helps.
Another way of blushing is to rub a non toxic colour pencil of your choice on paper, then lift some of the colour on to your finger or cotton bud and add to the cheeks. It's best to do this a little at a time and it can always be redone if necessary. Hope this helps
There is a bead shop in I believe it's called Tower Street. Near Covent Garden. It's great but has fairly steep steps to the lower part of the shop, so take care. I have also seen a new bead shop on the net in Neal's Yard haven't been yet. Going by the photo it's in the same place where Bladerubber were before they moved.
Hello. There are pens named Le Plume ( hope I spelled that right) that are quite popular in the craft shops around here but are a little expensive when buying a set, so I'm afraid I do not know how well they work. However you can you use any waterbased ink pen and if it dries too fast, you can re-moisten by (huffing) breathing on the inked stamp. Although you are not limited to pens have you tried water colour paint. Hope this is helpful.
Just to let you know, that if it is for a child it's best not to use dry beans, as quite a few, including Red Kidney Beans are poisonous until cooked through properly.Oh before I forget it's best if the rice, millet etc. are sewn up in a pouch or pouches for extra safety. Hope this helps.
Hi, I have a small strait one i bought for making small teddies but have used it on larger projects too. They work well although on some small pieces the slightly curved ones would come in handy. I guess it depends what you would like to use them with. Hope this helps.
Have you tried the fabric pens with dissappearing ink (purple). I found them in the quilting section of the craft shop. The down sides are that you have to finish within a couple of days or redraw and if you redraw too often, while it is still purple it can leave a slight stain on the fabric. Hope this helps.
Oh just remembered you could also draw them in lightly with a lighter shade than you want with fabric markers test for bleeding first and when dry you can embroider and if the stitches are a little wobbly it doesn't show up as much.
Sorry it has taken this long to reply. I'm sorry but I can't send you a photo. As soon as the doll was finished he was whisked off by my nephew, well he had been waiting awhile for him. Any way apparently the Doctor is too busy saving the universe for a photo opp.