Book: blog tour: Country side softies

by kath_red on 18/04/2011

in Books, Whip Up Tutorials

Very happy to have the honour of kicking off the book/blog tour of Amy Adams new book Countryside Softies: 28 Handmade Wool Creatures to Stitch published by Stash books. So welcome Amy!

Writing a craft pattern book has it’s ups and downs.  Some days the ideas flow to a point where you realize you can’t possibly fit all this into just one book.  And then, once it’s all over and with the publisher, new ideas pop up which make you think ‘why didn’t I do that at the time!’.  The pond was one of those new ideas, and I’m delighted to offer it to you as a free pattern here…

You will need:

  • Blue felt for the pond (plus extra or another colour for the base)
  • Light blue felt for additional pond area
  • Green felt for the lily pads
  • Pink or white felt for the lily
  • Selection of embroidery threads in blues and greens (I used pearl cotton 8)
  • Small button for the centre of the lily
  • 1” (2.5cm) of Velcro
  • Sewing needle, pins, scissors and the patterned out templates
  • Plus: A Riverside Softie made from the book ‘Countryside Softies’ by Amy Adams (Otter, Swan, Kingfisher or the Duck) [or maybe the dragonfly which is offered as a free pattern via the Stash books website]
  • Pattern/template

What to do:

First, print out the templates provided (use the scale indicators to check you have them the correct size) which will help you work out exactly how much felt you’re going to need. Cut out the blue pond shape, and also the largest lily pad.  Position the pad on the pond, and fix in place by stitching some veins on the leaf in backstitch.

Stitch blanket stitch around the edge of the lily pad leaf.  This will make the edges of the leaf curl up slightly.

Next, cut out the lighter blue pond area, and anchor in place onto the pond base with some backstitched wavy lines.  Add a few more ripples to the pond in other areas too.  Cut out 2 small lily pads, and also sew them in position by adding backstitched veins to the leaves.

To make the lily, cut out the 3 petal shapes, place them in a pile in order of size with the largest at the bottom, and secure the flower in place by sewing a button in the centre through all of the layers of felt including the pond base.

In the centre of the large lily pad, attach one of the pieces of Velcro.  The other piece will need to the sewn onto the base of your chosen Softie to attach it to the pond.

To finish off the pond, cut an additional pond shape, place it underneath the pond, and secure the 2 together by sewing blanket stitch all the way around the edge.  I used the Otter Softie on mine (he is one of my favorites from the book!) and finished off my pond further by making a little fishing rod from the stick.  I attached the fish (the pattern for this is in the book) to one end with a little embroidery thread, and also added a ‘No Fishing’ sign to the other end.

Naughty Otter, I don’t think he can read!

Disclosure: was provided with a pdf review copy of this book, and the link to Amazon is an affiliate link.
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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ruth April 18, 2011 at 5:28 am

Just adorable! Thanks for sharing! I especially like the little red and white toadstool. :-)


2 Melanie April 18, 2011 at 8:25 am

Ohmygosh! How cute :)


3 Sandra :) April 18, 2011 at 8:50 am

LOL too cute!


4 Bettina Groh April 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Love the pond… however, one of my little quackers may find himself sitting on the lilypad!


5 Emily Barnard April 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm

What a great idea! The book looks delightful!


6 Julie in WA April 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Sooo very cute! I love the projects in this book! Can’t wait to see more!


7 Colleen April 18, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Thanks for the pattern! I love it! The book is on my wish list!


8 Amy April 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

This book went straight on my wish list. These are really cute and seem very doable.


9 plushpussycat April 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm

The pond is adorable!!! Thank you for sharing this additional pattern. What fun! I’ll use something like it in my miniature vignettes with plushies!


10 Ariane April 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

This books looks like it’s wonderful. I just love all the little softies. Gorgeous. Thanks for the free pattern.


11 Mary on Lake Pulaski April 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

These wool softies are the cutest!


12 Carlie April 18, 2011 at 7:20 pm

What an adorable book!! The pond is so cute and the animals are terrific!


13 Brenda April 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm

So cute. These would look cute hanging around my house in the woods. I should think about getting the book for sure.


14 Ellen Ban April 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Thanks for the great project! This is a must have book for sure!


15 Debbie April 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

I just love this one, it is so cute.



16 Anne April 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

How cute! What a great book!


17 Patricia Widmer April 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm

So much fun!!


18 Happyme April 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm

What a fun project! The book looks fantastic! Thanks for the pattern and inspiration.


19 Brie April 18, 2011 at 11:41 pm

I have been waiting for this book since Christmas last year WHOO…it’s finally here!


20 Indianna April 19, 2011 at 4:18 am

Ohhh how very cute – I love the contrast between the wool and the cotton fabrics – so clever. Looks like it’s not available ’till 15th May in the UK – just a few weeks to wait.


21 lucykate crafts... April 19, 2011 at 6:07 am

indianna, you can get the book now if you’re in the uk direct from me (i’m the author, and am in the uk too)), i have some in stock in my etsy shop.


22 suesue April 19, 2011 at 9:53 am

Total adorableness! love the owls the most!!


23 Rebecca April 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

I’ve been a follower of Amy’s blog for awhile and love that the book is finally out! Love that otter.


24 Lori April 19, 2011 at 10:29 am

What a cute little critter he is! Thanks for sharing the pattern to the pond. Fun giveaway!


25 Sharon S April 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Thanks for the cute tutorial!


26 Colleen April 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Her work is so adorable! I can’t wait to get a copy of the book! :)


27 LH April 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm

That’s adorable! My son would LOVE those cute animals!


28 Beth April 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

That pond is PRECIOUS!!!


29 Mary Fioretti April 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Adorable, simply adorable.


30 Amanda April 20, 2011 at 7:42 am

That is so cute! Thank you for the pattern!


31 sam sykes April 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm

LOVE this book!! So cute and simple to follow :)


32 Stephanie R April 20, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I have been admiring these adorable creatures for a long time and shall soon not be able to resist buying the book:)) Congratulations for the imagination and art!


33 gina s. April 20, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Love the book! Looks like so much fun!


34 Deb April 21, 2011 at 8:43 am

I’d like the book just for the hedgehogs! Sooo cute!


35 Laura April 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

These are the cutest things ever!


36 VickiT April 21, 2011 at 10:25 am

This looks like an amazing book and the little animals are just adorable. Thank you for the pond pattern. Very cute.


37 Esther April 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

What a cute pond and very much something I could make for the many boys in our family which is great !


38 Gill Watson April 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Thank you!
This looks a great ‘doable’ pattern!


39 ~Kathleen April 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm

What a fantabulous book and such great soft creatures. I love them all! Thank you for the pond tutorial to complement it all.


40 Pip April 21, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Sweet softies with a lot of character, thanks for the pond pattern


41 Sallie April 22, 2011 at 9:22 am

Thanks for the pond pattern. The book is full of cute critters!!


42 Sandy K April 22, 2011 at 10:26 am

What a darling book….and thanks for sharing the pond pattern. Great softies.


43 Bev C April 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful pattern. This book looks enticing.
Happy days.


44 Ramona April 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

Thanks for the pond pattern. It is just adorable. I love the critters in this book!


45 Jacqui April 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I love the 3D quality of it, not to mention the cuteness! Thanks for sharing.


46 Penny G April 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Very cute! Love all the softies!


47 Storycloth April 28, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Quite delightful scene. Gilly


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