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« on: December 04, 2008 12:50:07 AM »

I wanted to make the Best Gift Ever for my adorable baby niece (Wren) who just turned one year old. Her mama's family is chock-full of amazing quilters, and I knew I couldn't compete with that.  Shocked Having seen a few examples of felt name books on Craftster and elsewhere, I decided I would make one for her! And I did! I added her middle name since her first name is so short.

First I had to wait for her to be born and named. Then I started the book! I chose my animals that matched the letters and "drew" (read: scrawled) out designs in a notebook.

Then I started assembling it! Next, I learned to embroider. That is not the order I would recommend, in retrospect. Ah well. Glue, stitch, glue, stitch, trace, cut, stitch. After getting through the majority of the book, I messed up the cover not once, not twice, but three times. Boo. Finally, this is what I came up with for Wren Elise:

One goal was to make it bright and colorful. Another was to have lots of texture so it was stimulating for her, so I added ribbon and googly eyes, buttons and rick rack. Here are a few close-up shots of the stitching (check out those French knots! Woo!) and other details:

They live a few hundred miles away but came up for Thanksgiving, so I had the chance to give it to her last week. Her reaction seemed positive:

Hope you enjoyed my entry!



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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2008 12:57:51 AM »

Quite possibly my favorite felt name book that I've seen posted! I absolutely love the many and clever uses of rick rack. And I see nothing wrong with the cover  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2008 01:47:54 AM »

That is amazingly cutw. Gives me inspiration to make one for my son Grin

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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2008 01:48:54 AM »

Just beautiful!  I love the colour and texture that you have in this book and I resolve to try one out for myself!

« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2008 03:44:22 AM »

Adorable! I want to make some for my doughter (soon to be daughters) and nethews! How long did take you to finish it?
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2008 05:26:15 AM »

Beautiful work!  The embroidery is perfect.  I wish I had a baby to make one for!

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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2008 05:32:45 AM »


It's not that I don't want to swap, it's that I often don't have time.  But feel free to ask (especially if it's one that's not too time consuming).
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2008 06:06:57 AM »

I'm also inspired to make one, for my grandson. I like how big the pages are and your details are so imaginative.

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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2008 08:11:05 AM »

This rocks.
& her name is beautiful!

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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2008 08:40:25 AM »

That is awesome, I cannot imagine how much time and effort you must have put into that.  Truly a treasure for her though.  You are starting early with the cool aunt points.
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