Do you know Alicia Paulson? I first heard of her when I saw Stitched in Time at a bookstore several years ago. Her second book, Embroidery Companion, is my favorite craft book and taught me most of what I know about embroidery and cross-stitch. She also sells many crafting patterns on her website, including this adorable hand-stitched felt bunny and all of the sewn & knitted clothes to go with it.
I made this little rabbit back in March, when Flavio was in California for a tech conference. I had wanted to buy one of the fabulous kits that Alicia put together with beautiful Liberty of London fabrics, but they sold out in a matter of hours. So I just bought the PDF pattern, tracked down the really nice felt she used (so much nicer than the craft felt they sell at Hobby Lobby), and used some fabric from my stash. And you know, I’m really glad I did it this way. I’ve seen some pictures of the bunnies that other people have made, and – while the ones made from the kits are beautiful – the ones made from stash fabric just seem to have more personality.
Anyway, Alicia recently published the first few in a series of Maggie Rabbit wardrobe patterns. It took me about a week to knit the three little sweaters, and I plan to work on the sewn pants soon. I did buy some fabric & buttons to sew a couple of the button-down shirts, but after looking at the pattern, I’m not sure my sewing skills are quite there yet. But I guess I can’t learn if I never try, right? 🙂