I haven't blogged about this mobile that I made for my little girl Zoe yet have I? I started to make it when I found out I was pregnant, and worked on it (on and off) until she was born really. My skills got better as I went along, so I am really not very happy with the first thing I made (the squirrel). Zoe doesn't seem to mind though! Sorry if the photos are a bit fuzzy - it's quite hard to photograph a mobile - I took a lot of pictures and these are the best!
I wanted to do a woodland theme, with owls and squirrels and mushrooms, so I made a list of all the items I could have, and sketched out lots of ideas for how to put it together.
I decided that I wanted some big animals surrounding one long string with little things on it (like the toadstool, a butterfly etc). As you can see from the sketches, my original idea involved sticks, but it became way to complicated to get everything balanced!! So I decided on a hoop with one long string in the centre.
I made loads of sketches in my notebook of different animals but decided on a hedgehog, an owl, a badger, a squirrel, a fox and a rabbit. Other animals considered included a pine martin, a woodpecker, a deer and a magpie.
I sketched each animal and produced final patterns for each, which I cut out of felt and stitched up.
Butterfly and Badger - you can buy a butterfly brooch based on this design here in the shop.
Squirrel and Ladybird - you can buy a ladybird brooch based on this design here in the shop.
Hedgehog and Owl
Fox and Bunny - the fox is adapted from one of Lupin's badges which you can see here - I had so much trouble getting the pattern right!!
Toadstool (the brooch is available here) and the finished mobile
I plan on adapting the rest of the patterns to make them into brooches to sell in my shop when I get the chance (but not the fox, obviously!).
Which animal is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!