Lindsay M Starr is a beadwork and mixed media artist currently based in Nashville, TN. She spent her early childhood in Alaska, and her school age and college years in Oregon. Lindsay has a great appreciation for history, science, and nature and is consistently inspired by insects, sea life, color, and the significance of beads and beadwork throughout human history. She spends her days beading, walking at the zoo, and practicing yoga. Lindsay loves to share her knowledge and passion for beads and beadwork to hobbyists of all skill levels.
I was really excited when an ornament challenge was chosen for the Art Elements blog challenge this month. I have loved making Christmas ornaments since I was a child, for even longer than I have been beading! Every few years I still make an effort to make a large batch of ornaments for the whole family, and lots of friends. This is more difficult to do with a full time day job now, but that is the main reason I am glad for the challenge theme this month.
I procrastinated quite severely though, due to both a lack of ideas and too many ideas. The problem was that I have made lots of different types of ornaments before, but didn't want to repeat something I've already done and couldn't make up my mind on something new to try either. Then a package arrived from back home, and my mom included two little gnome hats she had made. This hat is cut from a worn out wool sock. Apparently her original idea was to make little gnome ornaments with them, but this is as far as she got. So she threw them in the Christmas package and sent them to Tennessee for my dolls! There are two hats, but one got used up in this challenge...
Because now I have a Christmas Gnome!
I used a circle of felt for the head, and a circle of boiled wool fabric for the body. Ran a gathering stitch around the outside of each, stuffed, and sewed the two balls together. Then I sewed on the hat, and glued the beard to the face.
The scarf is also glued on, and positioned to separate the beard and mustache.
I used a piece of wire pierced through the hat to make a tree hook.
And glued on a couple of buttons for eyes.
Christmas Gnome wishes you and your family the very best holiday! Stay warm and cozy with some beads and maybe some kitty snuggles! He hopes you will hop along and see what everyone else has made too!