Two new Steampunk inspired felted gnomes showed up yesterday to my Etsy shop
I am really appreciating what it takes to make seamless Steampunk jewelry because it is incredibly hard and I only have little pieces on my new hand felted gnomes.
First off, let’s talk about epoxy. This is some toxic stuff, but unavoidable as it makes the perfect glue for these pieces as it’s strong and clear. It was really important to me that the gears be firmly bonded and that you couldn’t see the glue. However, this stuff made my head swim after five minutes, so making the pieces was time consuming.
The inevitable stitching of the jewelry was the next hurdle because there is no way I was gluing them on. I hate glue on hand felted pieces. The only glue I use is hot glue on the bottoms to attach the pots or wooden disks that allow the gnomes to be free standing.
Regular thread, I felt, would be too noticeable and I figured if gnomes really had adorned themselves with metal, they would do it seamlessly and magically. Well I am not magic, but I did have some invisible thread (this is the stuff of fairytales). Try sewing with a number 10 quilters needle and transparent thread, I dare you. I couldn’t even take a picture of it. What I found, however, was that the thread is incredibly strong, especially when doubled up. Luckily, I didn’t have to use too much to secure the jewelry.
I must say, the result is really special. I love the jewelry and it really does bring these little guys together. I didn’t want to put too much on the hats because it would obscure the batt underneath, which I spend allot of time on also.
I know it isn’t even Christmas yet, but I have to start thinking of new gnomes to make. Last year I developed gnomes in tiny pots with a flower theme. Those will come back, but I need a fresh new style and I have landed on Steampunk inspired gnomes.
These gnomes will feature hand felted top hats with metal cog and key embellishments. For sure these gnomes will be a little more time consuming, but they will allow me to practise the skill of jewelry making and flat hat felting.
Keep your eyes on my site shop for the new releases.
I have made this little guide to give you a preview of how easy it is to request a custom, hand felted gnome from Gnomes For Your Homes.
Custom gnomes are an important part of my business. I love making custom gnomes. They are an opportunity to put together a piece of art that someone else will love.
Here’s why I love custom gnomes:
Custom gnomes are creatively challenging and that’s why they bring out the best in my work.
Custom gnomes allow me to communicate directly with my customers. I get to have little conversations and get to know them a little.
Custom gnomes are never run of the mill. People usually have a theme or a person in mind. That gnome needs to capture that person and are therefore unique and individualistic. They cannot be copied.
What I need to know when starting on a custom gnome:
Theme, color, inspiration
Color of hair
I pride myself on communication and customer service. I require my customers to be constructively honest about how they feel about the gnomes I create for them. I want you to love your gnome.
I send updates and pictures throughout the process for critique and feedback.
How long does it take?
I work on each gnome individually. Because of the extra time gathering materials, communicating, and perfecting the gnome to your personal specs, a custom gnome can take 2-3 weeks. Another factor is the number of other gnomes being created at that time. Christmas can be particularly busy and I suggest starting early if you need a Christmas gnome.
I will always let you know the estimated length of time it will take to complete your creation.
Don’t be shy. Drop me a message to see what I can create for you.
Welcome to my new site for bringing you my newest gnomes from Gnomes For Your Homes
At Gnomes For Your Homes, I sell hand felted gnomes (or tomten) that would be perfect to sit on your shelf all year round. Each gnome has been hand felted, inside and out, by me starting with a Cheviot wool base. I add white or hand dyed Teeswater locks for his beard before adding a flesh-coloured Merino nose and cheeks. Longer Teeswater locks are added to make bushy, wild hair. The pièce de résistance is the tall hat that I felt using hand carded and blended mixed fibres (such as super soft merino, tussah silk, baby llama, Angelina (sparkly) fibres, and anything else I choose). Sometimes to finish off the piece, I add arms and feet. A wood disk is added to the bottom and voila, all done. Each gnome is inspired by colours and textures that I come across in my life. They are all very special.
I LOVE making custom orders. I must admit, that most people have a tomten inside waiting to be realised into a felted representation. I have managed to deliver a great many custom gnomes to customers willing to let me in their creative heads. It can be difficult to create a gnome from someone else’s mind, but I constantly keep the customer updated on my progress with pictures and detailed communication. I will make as many gnomes as needed to design the perfect tomte for you.
Please have a look at my shop to see if I have a gnome for you. If I don’t, I know I can make one.