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« on: May 09, 2019 08:28:08 AM »



I've loved the style of Dala Horses ever since getting Kirsten Larson's Craft Book from the American Girl series as a kid, but I never made the craft (partially because I don't really care much about horses or the color red or model painting).

Last year, for the annual ornament swap I do with my coworker's mom, though, I decided to revisit it as an embroidery project...in blue...with a dog.  Grin She breeds dachshunds, and also my co-worker has one, so I thought it was appropriate!



I found free dog clip-art online and used that to trace the body pattern, and then I free-handed the pieces for the saddle and straps. I used DMC embroidery floss for all the stitching, in regular colors and metallic silver. I thought the blue scheme was appropriate for winter. Smiley I also added some little pearl beads I had in my stash for the collar. It was a good opportunity for me to brush up on my stitching (I free-handed the date on the reverse side in back-stitch!), and this was the first time I've ever been successful with a french knot! I whip-stitched the two halves together to hide all the loose ends.

I love how this came out, and she ADORED it! Every year we up our game, so who knows what will happen this year. Now I want to make more of these in different colors and animals... Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2019 08:30:08 AM »

Oh my goodness! This is darling! I love the detail on the collar.
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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2019 08:48:00 AM »

This is utterly adorable!
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2019 02:03:10 PM »

Wonderful azure puppy with lovely embroidered detail!  I don't think I've ever seen a dog with a saddle on it before--I wonder who, or what, the rider would be?

I've got Samantha's American Girl craft book, and I think another volume that encompasses all of the girls' time periods (maybe it's a "best of" compilation?), but, unfortunately, none of the other ones that focus on the individual girls.  I bet Kirsten's has all sorts of good stuff in it!

There was a plastic 2010 McDonald's iCarly blue dachsund toy, that you could color and erase on, with a marker, which is what your project instantly reminded me of [here it is, with Jethro, our Chiweenie (Dachsund & Chihuahua mix); the Japanese I wrote on the side says "aoi inu", which means "blue dog"]:

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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2019 02:39:09 PM »

Sir Didymus, from the Labyrinth, rode a saddled dog named Ambrosius!
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2019 05:33:33 PM »

Adorable!
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2019 11:16:15 AM »

Sir Didymus, from the Labyrinth, rode a saddled dog named Ambrosius!

Ah, yes, that's right!  And now you've made me a liar, because then I have seen a saddled dog before! Cheesy  Not quite a dog, but I just remembered that David the Gnome used to ride a fox too, but without a saddle.
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2019 03:13:11 PM »

Ooh, all these puppies are adorable!
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2019 03:50:15 AM »

What a beautiful dachschund ornament! 
Everything about it is perfect...the colors, the stitching.  Love this!
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2019 01:42:51 PM »

Thank you so much, everyone! I really enjoyed working on this little guy.

That's true, Mistress Jennie! Ambrosious DID have a saddle.  Grin I watched that movie for the first time in college, so I also forget about it.

Patraw, your puppy is adorable! I can recommend Kirsten's book; there were many pretty things in it that most kids could accomplish with help. I used to make the patchwork pillows to give away.

Also, DAVID THE GNOME! I loved that show as kid, but apparently it was kind of...niche? Now I feel like there needs to be a swap for forgotten kids' shows from the 80's-90's...
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