Friday, February 19, 2010

Story Time Stitches





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Get out your storybooks - it's time for Story Time Stitches!

The illustrations in so many childrens storybooks are super fantastic. I'm always drooling, wanting to jump through the pages and spend some time in one cozy cottage or another and sometimes even a cave or two, depending on the story. Several of the books that I have read time and time again to my kids and now to my grandbabies have the best ever illustrations with really cute things that I have often thought about trying to duplicate. For instance, I have a version of Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit that shows Mrs. Rabbit wearing a great white apron with green trim that I always look at and think, "I should make myself a Mrs. Rabbit's apron." And then I thought, "Wouldn't it be fun to host a blog event where others would join me in making things straight out of the pages of their favorite children's books?", so Story Time Stitches was born.

I'm really hoping that a few of you will decide to join me. You can make whatever you want, as long as it is inspired by the pages of a chilren's storybook. Sewn, crocheted, knitted, drawn, painted, baked....whatever your heart desires. Below I've listed a few ideas, just some things that I've come up with but the possibilities are endless~

  • Beatrix Potter - aprons, scarves, mittens, shawls, doilies, cammomile tea. Peter's little jacket with brass buttons..
  • Jan Brett - OH! Here are so many many idea's. Hats, mittens, trolls, oh my!
  • The Little Red Hen - A loaf of bread
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy stories - aprons, dolls, stuffed toys
  • Where the Wild Things Are - stuffed monsters

You get the idea. I could go on and on and on.....

If you would like to join in the fun of Story Time Stitches, please let me know and I will put link's in the sidebar so that we can all visit and see each others fun projects. Our time frame will be the entire month of March and at the end of the month I will be putting all the names of the participants in a hat and someone will get a fun prize from me that will most certainly include a wonderfully illustrated children's book.

Happy reading and stitching!

10 comments:

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

This is a very cute idea. No promises, because my life is crazy right now. But, I'm sure that I can whip up an apron or a loaf of bread in a month! (I'll let you know).

Stacey's Treasures said...

I will put on my thinking cap & come up with a project. This sounds fun.

luci said...

brilliant brilliant idea. not sure what will turn up in a month but it will have some links to some children's stories - and might leave others in stitches!

Terri said...

Are you still watching children all day? Does this handwork keep you sane?? I don't know where you get your energy!!

Sara said...

What a great idea! I've always wanted to make Kippers blanket (as a quilt) from the Mick Inkpen stories!

Gigi said...

What a good idea! I often think the same thing when I see so many cute things in children's books (I think I like them better than 'grown up' books ;-). When my daughter was little, I often made her outfits copied from the pages of Eloise Wilkins' books. Actually, I'm getting ready to start on a pair of Nordic socks (waiting for a yarn order) inspired by illustrations from Jan Brett's books (posted about that recently), so I'd love to join your story time stitches.
Oh, and I recently saw this on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/where-the-wild-things-are-hat -- a crazy cute 'where the wild things are' hat.
Blessings,
G

Paige said...

What a great idea! I've been reading Flicka, Ricka, Dicka books to my daughter at night before bed, so I'm thinking something inspired by one of those books...fun!

Stacey's Treasures said...

I just posted mine.

Tina said...

I love this idea! I will have to make a felted something, now to figure out which book to choose from!

Run Lori Run said...

Great idea but there isn't much time left in March! I'll see what I can whip up...