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« on: January 29, 2009 03:31:44 PM »

My little man (almost 19 months) has never been the book fan his sister has been since she was two months old (seriously, could stop a complete screaming fit by opening a book).  Until now. He's fallen in love with Jan Brett's The Mitten, and so I made him a little Valentine's Day present to celebrate his new-found book love!

Here are all the animals:


Here they are eyeing the mitten:


And here they are, stuffed into the mitten:


I'm pretty happy with it, especially since it was my first real 3-dimensional needle-felting project (I attempted and failed to make a pumpkin a few months ago).  I got the pattern for the mitten itself at a cool craft supply swap fundraiser for a local art group, and the wool for the mitten is from sheep at the working farm our county has close to our house.  My kids know the sheep, and I know they don't get eaten, so we're all happy!

I had a little contest on my blog, posting an animal a day until someone guessed what I was doing -- my friend Ellen got it on the fourth animal.  Impressive, since she doesn't have kids yet, though her mother is a librarian, so I'm sure that helps!

There are pictures of the individual animals on my blog, in case you haven't seen enough Smiley  http://www.littlesisterhandmade.com/2009/01/the-mitten/ 

Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2009 03:40:07 PM »

Oh WOW those are amazing so well done i bet he will love them !!! ii am really keen to try needle felting you have inspired me more !
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2009 03:57:38 PM »

All the animals crammed into the mitten is absolutely adorable!!! Smiley Smiley Beautiful work!
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2009 04:01:20 PM »

This turned out so amazing!  What a great gift for your son - he will love it forever.  Little ones seem to love tiny things, and the animals are all so perfectly detailed.  I love the mole, and the hedgehog, and the bear and the mouse... and really all of them.  Gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2009 04:13:21 PM »

Those are amazing! I especially love the owl. . . wonder if I can make one for my sister who is obsessed with owls. .  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2009 04:35:17 PM »

THose are beautiful!  And just far more amazing than the items you could normally buy to showcase a retelling of The Mitten.  Brilliant job and your son is a lucky little guy!  The picture of all of them in the mitten is priceless.
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2009 05:13:58 PM »

This is so coo! Aaaa! It's seriously one of my favorite projects now; I grew up with Jan Brett, and now I can't stop going "eeeeee!" in my mind... Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2009 05:41:19 PM »

Beautiful!  I think you need to send a picture of this to Jan Brett!   Cheesy  They are just perfect.
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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2009 06:04:13 PM »

Oh my goodness, this is precious!  They are each so wonderful and adorable.  And your first 3-D needle felting project?  Gosh, I hope mine goes as well when I finally gain the nerve to try.

So cute!  What a sweet gift.
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« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2009 06:17:29 PM »

Wow - every one of those is perfect and totally adorable!!
How awesome is that? And maybe it will inspire him to love more books!!
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