Friday, January 29, 2010

The Mitten

I posted something a while ago about a project that I was excited about working on.  I finally got around to bringing it to fruition.

After a little mishap with a mitten I was creating, I decided to make some little toys to go with the book "The Mitten" by Jan Brett.  This charming children's book is based on a Ukrainian folk tale about a lost mitten and a group of forest animals finding it and piling inside to keep warm.  It was always a favorite, growing up.  I'm thinking of giving these little guys away for a baby shower (with the book, of course) or perhaps saving them for my future kids.  We'll see. :)

The mitten is crocheted out of a very soft, white yarn (lots of patterns can be found on the internet).  The animals are created with oven bake clay (Sculpey) and painted with acrylic paint.  I also used mod podge to seal them.  The animals are as follows: Bear, Fox, Badger, Owl, Rabbit, Hedgehog, Mole and Mouse.


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  1. This is amazing, Kerrie! All of the animals are so cute, and the whole idea is great.

  2. Thanks, Rachel. I really like how it came out, although I'm trying to think of a more baby friendly way of making the animals (since I wanted to initially give it to someone at a baby shower). I think this set would be nice for a 4 or 5 year old, since they won't put them in their mouth. I'm thinking of trying to make little felt or fabric animals eventually. I just don't know what acrylic paint, sculpey and mod podge do to a kid if they ingest it... :)

  3. OM goodness--those are fantastic. This book is one of my preschoolers' favorites every year.

  4. I loved "The Mitten" and what you have done is incredible. I wish I was the lucky giftee!

  5. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this! This was a favorite book on my sons and I made felt board characters for him (he is 14 now). I wish I had the talant to do what you did.