Bunny love- and a free pattern

hand embroidered felt eggs that contain a miniature dressed rabbit
Autumn Eggs

 

The focus on rabbits has stayed with me. More bunny characters have appeared, as suspected, such as these little rabbits who were placed in Autumn themed eggs in an attempt to connect the season here to the celebration.

This is not really a new fascination. I really do, and have since childhood, like  rabbits. These much adored and much maligned creatures  have an endearing character, an intrinsic gentleness, as well as  lovely soft, rounded shapes and such beautiful, “melt your heart”  eyes.

Apart from an early introduction to  chocolate bunnies, it had to be  a story book from childhood about a little white rabbit called Pookie, who set the world right again after he had sent winter away, that most likely triggered this affection for rabbits. An affection that  further deepened when I was seven or eight and  given a white rabbit as a pet. That was quite a while ago.

In this current state of rabbity adoration I made another from a re-discovered sketch stashed away in the “one of these days ” folder.

A small handmade wool felt cream coloured rabbit
Bunny Love

 

This bunny needed a friends- and yes, a mouse thing might be happening in the near future.

 

The rabbit has a new friend,a mouse,also handmade form wool felt
Friends

 

Cute took on a more realistic rendition in needle felt over the weekend in the form of  a snow hare made as a companion for a requested Eostre.

 

Needlefelted figures of Eostre who is holding a tiny bird and also has a white hare, an ancient symbol
Eostre and companions

 

This  hare was also a return to dry felting after too long a break.

 

Small needlefelted white hare
White hare

 

To share is a little egg cosy or puppet which  is very child friendly; a project we made recently in a children’s craft class.

This rabbit could also be stuffed to become a small toy or ornament, or you could add lavender or pot potpourri  to repel moths, or perhaps turn it into a pin cushion. Indeed, a  versatile little rabbit to play with your imagination.  bunnypattern

Hand stitched little rabbit with pompom tale designed to fit over Easter egg or eggcup.
Egg Cosy rabbit

 

  • To make  first embroider the features.
  • Outline the inner ear with  running stitch and tint with crayon or coloured pencil.
  • Next blanket stitch all around to join the back and front.
  • Shape the head with a little stuffing and gather around the neck or tie to hold the stuffing in place.
  • On the back add a tiny pompom tail.
  • You can tie a narrow ribbon around the neck if desired.

That is it. Done!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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