Sunday, May 22, 2011

A whimsy of Gnomes

For the past month or two, in my very rare spare time, I have been working on a whimsy of gnomes. (Did you know that a group of gnomes is called a whimsy? Like a school of fish, a flock of birds, or a herd of elephants!) Well, my whimsy consisted of 7 little men gnomes and just a single little lady gnome. I made them life size, having read in a gnome "guidebook" that gnomes are about 6 inches tall. They are tiny Waldorf style dolls made with 100% cotton bodies, stuffed with pure wool, and wool and cotton clothing and wool hair and beards. 

One little gnome stayed home to play with my children. The rest were carefully packed and sent on their merry way to travel all over the US and Canada as part of a craft swap using natural materials. This time the theme was "gnomes, mushrooms and hedgehogs". I chose to make gnomes! This is the first time I have participated in an exchange with this group and I'm excited to see what we receive in return. I had such a good time creating these little dolls! It was a nice diversion as life has been so full of emotional ups and downs lately! 


  1. these gnomes are gorgeous, your swap partners are sure to love them!

  2. These gnomes are lovely -- I am sure they will be well loved! A craft swap is such a nice idea.

  3. Now I feel doubly bad for not joining that swap (I had several others I was working on when it was announced). Your gnomes are *gorgeous!*

  4. i have some pics of these cuties to share with you, too!! these two have been on several adventures here already. i am so honored that i have the only girl. she is so, so sweet. thank you so very much!

  5. Thanks everyone! I really do have fun making waldorf dolls. Watching their little faces "appear" from wool and cotton... Every one is unique! I thought these turned out really cute!

    Momma Rae~ I can't wait to see the pictures! I was hoping your family would like them!

  6. Oh how adorable!! I too am part of this swap and will be crossing my fingers that we get one of your lovely gnomes!!!! I just know my girls would go crazy over one! :)

  7. OH my they are beautiful, and must have taken a lot of time. cheers Marie

  8. I'm hoping I get one of your gnomes as well! They are adorable!

  9. Hi Rachel - oh they are so adorable. You've done such a great job & that craft swap sounds like fun.
    Love your new header too!
    Hope you have a wonderful week

  10. Hello Rachel,
    Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet words about my blog. I am so glad to get to know you also! What lovely gnomes you have made, whoever receives these will be absolutely tickled for sure:-)

  11. So so so cute! What a wonderful artist you are!


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