Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Winter Woods

I am back with day five of my Christmas in July Elf Challenge. (If you did not see my post on Monday you may find it helpful to check it out so you will know what I am am talking about.)

Today sees the first of my paired winter designs, where I have matched the design on the dress by re-working the design to fit the jumper pattern.  I really loved this design, it is a variation by Suzymarie, of the Julie Williams 'Seasonal Dresses' and 'Seasonal Sweaters' patterns. The pattern was designed to fit the 'Little Cotton Rabbits' series of soft toys but my nieces elves are slightly larger, so I made them in Double Knit rather than 4 ply. 

I think the little stylised fur trees are just adorable, although some of those snowflakes are a little of the large size.

I mixed and matched my yarns, the white is a baby soft DK, whilst the yellow and green are from my alpaka DK stash.

When my friend gave me this manikin for Christmas a few years ago I bet she never thought it would be used like this.

Just like Julie, Suzymarie gives all of her designs a name and this dress pattern is called 'Winter Woods'.

I hope you have enjoyed my posts this week, I will be back with more soon. Have a great weekend.


PS Whilst I really love to read your comments, I will understand if you do not feel you have anything to say about yet another dress and jumper combo, perhaps you could just say hi to let me know that you stopped by.


  1. Oh oh oh! This is totally fabulous Dionne. If that jumper was in a shop I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. Absolutely love it! X

    1. Thank you, not sure I am up to redesigning this for big Christmas elves. ;) xxxx

  2. Beautiful love the little trees and at least the mannikin is getting used
    Carol x

    1. Thank you, this is one of my favourite designs - one of about 36 which I really love, these ladies are so talented.


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