I found this book at our local used book shop/funding literacy campaign.
It was torn and they were going to toss it, but I loved the illustrations- needlework with antique
fabrics, sequins and felt.
So I rescued the book, cut out the torn page( thankfully it didn’t affect the story) taped two pages
together to make it whole, and then I made the two felted sea horses to go with the story.
When I began felting my wool pieces some years ago, I wanted
to try out the process and used a pair of gold wool slippers I had
knitted but was not fond of- and they became a very small pair of
gold wool slippers that I had no real use for anymore. But I didn’t
throw them away, because I like the texture and the reminder of
how much wool shrinks when felted.
So I rummaged through my old fabric trunk, came up with some sheets
of yellow felt and appliqued the seahorses onto the slipper.
Then I added some identifying stitches, an eye and sequins.
I used the pictures from the book to make the pattern for the
Sea horses- I wanted them to add to the fun of identifying the
hidden or Secret sea horses throughout the book.
We sent them off on Monday to Oyster Bay- I’m hoping the little boys
enjoy the book in person as much as they did when I read it to them on Skype.
And then – because I had gotten rid of a pair
of slippers, I made another pair.
I crocheted some faux fur on the edges- they remind me of lions.
And now I’m going to knit a couple of hats- I found a pattern I can follow
and like- and am going to teach my niece to make a knitted hat over the
next week. We are going to Chincoteague for a couple of days so that
will be our evening project!
Lion’s feet slippers! and felted seahorses – they look so pretty – I ‘ve just looked the board book up on Amazon and they have that look inside feature so you can peek at some of the pages – great illustrations too. Have a great time in Chincoteague Heidi 🙂
Thanks! I had a wonderful time reading and reproducing some of the art in this book.
And I’m hoping to have a very productive and happy time at the Eastern shore!
The seahorses and slippers look great. You are very talented. Enjoy your week with Allyson and Aiden.
I’m still getting ready to go and nursing Jordan from his oral surgery- so I CAN enjoy out time together.
Aidan loves them!
I am so very pleased to hear that, Lucas!
I thought about him whilst I was making them, hoping that they would capture his imagination and whimsy!
Aidan loves them! You are SuperGranny! 🙂 So clever Heidi, and I love the way you’ve been able to reuse something that didn’t work all those years ago. Warms my hoarding heart – I always knew it was a good idea not to throw anything out! 😀
I love using up the stuff I can’t bear to throw away. And it is so nice to be able to Skype and see how much he enjoys the stuff I send.
Being a grandparent is one of the greatest joys of my life! 😀
Isn’t it wonderful how you can read a story to loved ones over skype. Technology can be fantastic.
Very sweet seahorses Heidi. xx
These look so cute, more so than our iconic ugg boots here in Oz 🙂
Kieran and Aidan both love the book and I especially like the sea horses. Thank you.
Willow- I found another copy of the book down in Chincoteague- in perfect condition. I thought of buying it but I don;t really need another copy and neither do you. 🙂 It was just a great looking copy though and I was happt to see it!