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From the Fairy Closet

Posted on November 16, 2015 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

  

I started making fairy clotheslines when I put in my fairy garden.  Mine was more like a gnome homestead complete with a pickup truck, windmill and cow.  I decided they needed a clothesline. 



   My original clothesline had blue jeans, a signature "hanky" apron and a pair of hand-knit wool socks (see my blog for directions to make your own.  I later found out, that the squirrels loved the socks! 

   Since then, I've designed, sold, and shipped many fairy clotheslines from my shop on Etsy - https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenbriarCreations


Perfect for Fairy Tea Parties!


Outlander inspired!



I love the challenge of creating small things!  Be sure to check back for more designs. 

Crescent City Garden Tour

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)


One of my fairy garden clotheslines will be featured in the Crescent City, CA Garden Tour!  Isn't this adorable!  Thanks for sharing the photo, Donna. 



LOOK! I'm Here! The Magic of Miniature Crafts, Homespun Magazine, September 2014

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (2)

   I was so excited when Emma Bradstock of Homespun magazine in Australia contacted me last spring about one of my fairy garden miniature clotheslines.  She said they were preparing a feature in an upcoming issue that would involve all miniature creations.  Would I like to submit a photo of my nightgown clothesline?  Of course, I said "Sure!"



     I had started making the fairy clotheslines when I put in a fairy garden for myself two years ago.  My fairies were actually hard-working farm gnomes.  They had a pickup truck, a windmill, and a cow.  I decided that they needed a clothesline, so the original line had the "signature" hanky apron, hand-knit wool socks (see directions for those on the blog), a pair of gnome-size blue jeans and a hat. 

   On a whim, I made a second set and listed them in my Etsy shop.  They SOLD!  That put me on a roll and I started thinking of ideas for other clotheslines.  One day, I found a scrap of fabric that had been left over from the lining of a chemo hat.  It was white flannel, with small multi-colored polka dots.  I immediately thought of boxer shorts!  Thus, the nightgown/boxer shorts clothesline was born. 



   The original publication date was supposed to be in the early summer, then it got pushed back to July.  Finally Emma contacted me and said it would be coming out September 4th and would I like a copy of the magazine?

   Of course, I wanted a copy (would have bought it even if it hadn't been complimentary).  The amazing part was that it showed up in my mailbox, in rural Indiana, on the one-lane gravel road the EXACT day of publication!  How in the WORLD did their shipping department fairies at Homespun magazine in Australia figure all that out? 

   The fairy clothes are there with some fabulous miniatures - everything from tiny animals to an entire dollhouse size quilt store.  Some people are so clever! 

   This is a wonderful publication full of very creative projects.  A little research showed me that they have won numerous awards and have over 20,000 subscribers.  Definitely worth taking a look if you have a chance. 


http://www.homespun.net.au/


   I'm on page 78!  Thank you Emma and everyone at Homespun magazine for this opportunity. 

The gnomes thank you too!



Knitting Miniature Socks

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Knitting Miniature Socks


     Perfect for fairy garden clotheslines or baskets.  Would be adorable attached to a doll house mantel at Christmas.  Very easy project.


   What you need:

scrap amount of fingering weight/sock yarn, two size 2 double pointed needles, a tapestry/darning needle to finish the ends.


The socks are knit as an I-cord.  If you aren't familiar with this method, there are many demonstrations available on youtube. 

I beginning by casting on five sitches.  If you are working with a variegated yarn, you will need to cut two identical lengths of yarn, so the socks will match.  I think it's fun to cast on near where the color changes to have the toe of the sock be a different color from the body of the sock. 


When knitting a I-cord you will knit across the five stitches.  Then instead of turning your work, slide the stitches back to the other end of the same needle.  Pull your knitting yarn/tail tight after you slide the stitches back to the other end.  The yarn will be in the back of the work and if you pull it tight, will cause the knitting to form a tube (this isn't as evident the first couple of rows, but you will begin to see it later). 

Continue knitting across the stitches and sliding your work back to the other end of the same needle until your sock is the length desired.  I usually work mine to be about one inch in length. 

Cast off all stitches, cut your yarn and pull it through the last loop.  Using your tapestry needle, insert the ends through the center of the sock, pull it through and snip the yarn.  Repeat for the second sock. 


View all of my fairy clotheslines available for sale in my Etsy shop here:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/GreenbriarCreations?section_id=13398838