Saturday, 7 September 2013

Craftseller Woodland critters

Its time to reveal my latest craftseller project

 This month they wanted 4 woodland animals. Lovely right up my street. As you can see by my past blog post I was already working on hedgehogs and squirrels. I had loads of ideas, however 4 different animals with 4 different body shapes was going to make for a very long pattern.

I had a re-think and started a pinterest board to gather inspiration. I think this is the image that made my mind up for the way to go with these guys.

We love woodland creatures so much this simple stylised version by Rileyconstruction on etsy tells us straight away its a fox no fuss.

With this in mind I was able to simplify my designs so that the all 4 animals could be made from a similar body shape.

This was the design I was left with along with yarn colour choices.

The finished result. I love these photos :)
 I've used little felt flower cut outs and old mother of pearl buttons to decorate each one.

 The hedgehog is the first pattern to be printed with my new overworking stitch. Its a very easy stitch which creates a great effect but just in case anyone does get stuck with it I'll be adding a photo tutorial section to the blog soon.
Everyone has a different favourite with these guys. My favourite is the raccoon. Whats yours?

In other news I got a nice email from the peolpe at Love crochet magazine. They said they had included my owl doorstop pattern that I did for craftseller last year in their latest issue.

Here he is in craftseller and here the surprise I got when I found a copy of Love crochet..

Doesn't he look fab on the cover :)

I have a big crochet weekend coming up and I'm hoping to get to work on another owl I'll try and keep you posted :)


  1. I love the way the fox tail curls..the racoon's eyes and tiny ears...the jaunty angle of the rabbit's ears and the hedgehog's special stitch sounds fun!
    Fab front cover too!
    Your designs are great Liz and fab to see your initial thoughts and drawings for these and your previous magazine commissions!
    Keep up the great work
    Ali x

  2. Goodness, you clever old bean, what fabulous little creatures. I don't have a favourite they are all sweet. And the little owl slap bang on the front of the magazine, I would be smiling from ear to ear!

  3. I so love your designs but am hopeless with a hook!

  4. What a lovely compliment for your work when Love Crochet used your owl! When Craftseller arrived I smiled as I thought the front cover critters were your creations!

    1. I had to laugh when I saw it as they wanted 4 woodland creatures but I think I used the word critters so much in emails they gave in and called them woodland critters :)

  5. How clever. I can't usually find Craftseller, but did this month, and thought your animals really super.

  6. They are lovely, but like Natalie I stand no good at crochet so stand no chance of making one :(

  7. Your woodland animals are adorable, but I'm in love with your owl doorstop I think I may have to talk my mum into crocheting again with the sole purpose of her making lots of bits for me.

  8. I always love your creations, and how fantastic to have a project on the front cover - again! It just shows how many other people love your creations too.

  9. These are adorable and I just love the owl! Going to hunt down the magazine and look forward to the tutorial...

  10. I'm with you- definitely a raccoon girl! Congrats on two fabulous features, and I love seeing your drawings for your designs.