To make red cap mushroom hat people start by tracing a large cup or something round on to red dotted fabric.
Please tell me you know how to make a yoyo by now?!
It's so simple- just fold down an edge and take a running stitch all the way around.
The longer the stitch the smaller the hole.
The smaller the stitch the bigger the hole.
This is just to gather it up so use a larger stitch.
Pull threads to tighten.
I used some old beads for heads that were already painted ( I know, I cheated! whatever!) and put 2 tea dyed white chenille stems in through hole. put a cotton ball between wires and tighten at the top with a twist.
Place yoyo over this cotton ball and add a tiny bit of hot glue to hold as you stuff smaller bits of cotton inside the edges of yoyo to fluff out the hat.
It should look round and fat like a mushroom cap.
Pull threads to tighten and tie off with a knot in back underneath the edge of cap.
Add silk flowers under bead and then bend wire where you want feet to be and start twisting the chenille back on itself to wrap legs.
Do this on both sides.
Take another piece of chenille wire and add where arms would be by twisting around body and fold back on itself where the hands would be.
Wrap arms the same as legs.
This is a very simple little guy and I recommend the Felt Wee Folks book by Salley Mavor for instructions on some really nice tiny people.
For a simple outfit use a small rectangle of felt and cut up the front to the center.
Hold it folded in half and cut a half moon section from each side-
or square it off for the sleeves.
dab a tiny bit of hot glue to hold down
Now you can get creative- add a belt of felt or yarn or a button or silk leaves or moss. Whatever you want.
Gnomes generally use what they find or make and consider human lace and trims to be fine stuff indeed!
They love the acorn caps but really show off when they make their lovely red cone caps. I help them out sometimes when I have time and scraps of felt.
I glued buttons to the bottom of this guys feet so that he would stand nicely.
Then I added silk flowers and leaves to his arms and body.
You can buy bags of silk flower heads at some Michael's and Walmart stores.
I suggest making nice with a store employee at one of your craft stores and for a bag of donuts I am sure they would happily sweep up the flower isle and sell them to you!
So- there you have it.
A small fellow to live in your centerpiece.
Use dominoes for a bench, dice and buttons for tables.
Thimbles to hold tiny flowers.
Think small and found in the forest.
Gnomes are thrifty and crafty and save everything just in case...