I was looking for something relatively easy to make for K’s Christmas present – his Mum has given me a great idea for a present I can work on for his birthday, but I needed something that would be a faster make for Christmas!
Enter the free Fleece Hat pattern from Fleece Fun – not only was it useful to make my own hat, but it has sizes all the way from baby to extra-large adult! I found just over half a metre of red fleece in my local fabric shop, along with a cute zebra iron-on patch just to liven it up a little.
I did modify the pattern slightly, making the hat a little longer than it’s meant to be, to allow for the brim to be rolled for a snugglier fit. I wasn’t too confident at how the patch would iron on (there weren’t any instructions on it), so I zigzag stitched around the outside just to ensure it would stay in place.
Hopefully we’ll get some seasonal cold weather, so K has an excuse to wear it!
Ok, so it’s still a few days to go, but I had to share the Christmas tree from Johanna’s Christmas – I stuck with some basic shading with colouring pencils for the tree itself, and fineliners for the rest to make it stand out.
I didn’t add any metallic detail into these, as the deep colours I used on the baubles meant the lighter colours stand out really well on their own.
Sticking with the Johanna’s Christmas book, this one was actually printed off from the Staedtler website for their #mycreativeescape competition.
I used Staedtler fineliners (of course) for most of the image, but the shading needed something a little less harsh, so I dug out my Derwent Coloursoft pencils to give the snow, polar bear and ice some depth.
I’m not all that confident at knowing how to place shadow, but I’m quite pleased with how the polar bear came out.
I wasn’t able to find a copy of Johanna Basford’s Johanna’s Christmas in town, but I was able to order it from Amazon at a great price (£5 instead of £12.99), but that did give the disadvantage of not knowing what the book would be like until it arrived.
The pages are quite thick, with 37 one-sided images to colour (the reverse side of each image has a generic Christmassy pattern, which can also be coloured if you feel so inclined). The pages are also perforated, so you can remove them from the book once they’re coloured – or even remove them to use paints without the risk of getting paints or water over the other pages.
I used Staedtler fineline pens and a couple of metallic gel pens from Paperchase just to liven things up a little. I’m not sure if the background needs some colouring pencil shading or not….