05 August 2014
I love strawberries, do you? They are my favourite summer fruit picked and eaten straight from the bush or in a bowl with a splash of cream, yum! We have lots of wild strawberries growing in our garden they are the only type I have been able to grow successfully, from seeds kindly delivered by the birds, so any others have to be bought and we usually stock up each year at the local pick your own and make some jam, of course!
I haven't made anything for our seasonal table in ages, we started this at the beginning of last year when we were given a beautiful driftwood tree which I thought would make a great centrepiece. Over the past eighteen months I have made a few pieces each season to slowly build a collection. So when I saw these on a recent crafting link up I knew I had to add strawberries to my table. I found a pattern and some red and green wool and went to cast on but then I remembered about some peg dolls I had bought and that I was going to make strawberry people with them when the summer came round, a much better project as I could include the children.
These were incredibly easy to make. I used two sizes, 4cm and 6cm as that it what I had to hand, but you could use any. We painted the body and part of the head, leaving a part unpainted for the face, with red acrylic paint. We drew the eyes and mouth on with these, and cut a small piece of green felt for the calyx, which was glued on with a glue gun. The achene (those are the green seed like looking pieces which are not seeds at all) were drawn on with the same pens as the eyes and mouth. It was impossible to get the light green shading, perhaps if we had had some light green paint it might have worked?
There you have it, a family of strawberry peg people.......
You can see some other makes in this last picture including Mother Earth, watching over the little strawberries, and some flowers knitted up using patterns from this book.