Seven Snowmen is one of the classes I took at the Buggy Barn. The class was taught by the pattern's designer, Bonnie Sullivan. I signed up for the class because I had a free day and a curiosity about wool. I'm now so glad I gave it a try.
The pattern has two options, the seven snowmen table runner or the penny rug. Our class worked on the penny rug.
This is how my project looked after class. I was still in the snow people voodoo doll stage.
And this is how it looks now, all done!
This is lifetime wool project number 1, and no, I'm not going to keep track of my wool projects like my quilts, but I am very pleased with how it looks, especially for a first project. Guess I had a good teacher.
I never could figure out how to stitch the design on the snow lady's hat, so I added a holly leaf. Good thing I had kept all my wool scraps! The cardinal is supposed to be tilted up a tad and looking at the snowman, and not posed like he's about to attack the snowman's shin, but it makes me smile instead of annoy me, which isn't like me at all! The whole time I was working on this project I was worried about those carrot noses and the french knot eyes, and saved them for last, they all worked out fine, no problems at all. I am particularly proud of my red outline stitch next to the green inner border, my first attempt of an outline stitch and it looks really good, and is a nice little touch.
Since I'm not much of a stitcher, I found the back of the pattern cover very helpful, a nice little primer on a few basic stitches. This might be a standard thing for wool patterns, since this is my first and only wool pattern I have no idea. But if my next project doesn't provided this information I'll be sure to get this back out.
I found working with wool enjoyable. If you select the correct color of thread, the wool is very forgiving. I don't think this will be my last wool project. I've seen some interesting quilt patterns that incorporate wool, I pretty much ignored them since I didn't know how to work with wool, I'll be paying closer attention to those patterns now.