February 21, 2008

a preponderance of gnomes

from Sewsew-a-Gogo
free gnome pattern by Andrea Zuill available here

Do you ever wonder what starts a worldwide cultural trend? I do, and often - for instance, what's up with all the adorable gnomes?

Was it Amelie's charming gnome that started this whole deal? (Although I could have sworn I'd seen a travelling garden gnome before that....) Or was it the cute, perky, and occasionally annoying Travelocity gnome? I just need to know, do you guys know?

Inspiration notwithstanding, in the Flickr Embroidery pool, gnomes are here to stay:
Gnome scarf
Gnome gnome

Gnomes courtesy of merwing, my paper crane, oipom, and krakencrafts

Longing for a gnome of your own?
  • Try the Sublime Stitching Gnomes and Fairies patterns:
  • Or, stitch up Hillary Lang's Mr and Mrs Gnome PDF pattern:
  • Or, for zero moolah - embroider this cute gnome pattern, courtesy of Badbird (Andrea Zuill):
    Gnome Embroidery Pattern

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on Instagram and my blog. My vintage transfer collection is on Vintage Transfer Finds.

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  1. Don't forget the gnomes in The Full Monty! :)

  2. They're amazing!
    Thanks for sharing - that's my Dad's birthday present sorted!!

  3. Beautiful! And yes, I think Amelié had something to do with it!

  4. I don't know why everyone is fascinated with gnomes but I am, too. Maybe it's the promise of happy magic implied; whatever the reason, I am appreciative of your links to celebrating gnomes. I need one, too.

  5. What gnome lovliness! Your blog is such a wonderful haven for beautiful and delightful stitches!

  6. these gnomes are cute, oh and you've been tagged, details on my blog. sorry i know you are prob super busy so i will not be offended or anythng at all if you choose to ignore this.

  7. Drats! I was too late to be part of the comment spree on your blog school. However, I really loved reading all the lessons. Thanks for putting that together. I love the gnomes here. I might have to embroider some while on a trip next week! -- Michele

  8. I don't know if you've ever seen it, but there was this great animated series called Home Movies. There's a garden gnome in every episode, just hanging out somewhere unexpected.