Saturday, November 20, 2010
Creating Tomtes with crafty friends
On Friday night, my crafty friends and I got together to have a nice dinner and make Tomtes. These little elves are Swedish and they help Santa check up on little boys and girls in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Mind you, the girls gathered around my kitchen table are in some serious trouble with Santa. We had a lot of laughs at some very naughty jokes!
These Tomte are featured in Scandinavian Stitches by Kajsa Wikman. They are deceptively easy. The pattern isn't difficult, but one has to be aware of the difficulty in working in tight spaces. At one point, legs and arms are tucked into the body cavity AND you have to figure out how to sew it all together.
The stuffing process is also critical to the success of the Tomte. If they don't have enough stuffing, they simply can't sit up and take notice for Santa.
I am a slow and steady kind of Tomte maker. I was last to the finish line.
It was all a lot of pre-Christmas fun!