Amigurumi, Crochet

Crochet Horse for Saratoga Springs

I wanted to create something special for Crafters Gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the idea that came to my mind was naturally something horse related. Saratoga is very famous for its horse races. I read somewhere that it’s actually the oldest sports event in the world. People wear fancy hats and clothes to the official opening event and I would really love to see that, but unfortunately I’m going to be out of the States when it’s all happening. Anyway, you can read more about the horse races here.

At first, I crocheted a regular sized stuffed animal. I used 100% alpaca yarn named Puna by Drops, which I just looove. It’s so soft and has a beautiful natural color. I embroidered the details using different cotton yarns (black, white) and red acrylic yarn. The animal is stuffed with premium polyfiber filling.

Saratoga Crochet Horse by Matylda's Barn
Saratoga Crochet Horse

I have to say I really like how the face turned out! I was going for a more realistic style, and I had several actual horse pictures that inspired me. I never design stuff before I create, I basically create as I go. It might seem really strange to some people, but for some reason I just get the inspiration to create as I go. I have a simple idea, what it should look like, but the details come one after another. I would call my creative process “organic”. Somebody might call it disorganized, haha 🙂

I created also a small version of the horsie, which is maybe even cuter. I saved one to sell on Etsy, you can get it or support me by liking here >> https://www.etsy.com/listing/529295737/horse-toy-amigurumi-horse-crochet-horse

I’m thinking about maybe publishing a pattern for either of these toys, what do you think? Would you be interested?

Small Crochet Horse by Matylda's Barn
Small Crochet Horse
Small Crochet Horse by Matylda's Barn
Small Crochet Horse – detail of the head.
Small Crochet Horse by Matylda's Barn
Small Crochet Horse – the details are embroidered or sown on.

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Other, yarn

My Washington County Fiber Touring!

I went for an interesting trip yesterday and I would like to share some thoughts and photos from the event. Washington County in Upstate New York has its own annual fiber tour! That means a lot of yarn, all kinds of animals, friendly people and beautiful things to buy.

Visit their page for more information: http://www.washingtoncountyfibertour.org/

This year marks the tour‘s 25th edition. That’s a pretty long tradition, in my opinion! Unfortunately, I only had time to visit two places – the Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill and St. Mary’s on-the-Hill. There was an interesting contrast between the mill and the monastery – one is a child of the industrial revolution, the other is a place of old traditions. Even the settings are very different. You can find the mill on a busy street in the town of Greenwich, while the monastery sits on a hill with beautiful calm surroundings.

See for yourself:

Battenkill Carding and Spinning Mill

St. Mary’s on-the-Hill Cashmere

Crochet, Home Decorations

Get Them Easter Eggs Rollin’ :)

Easter is coming and I’m willing to bet it doesn’t leave any crochet addict calm 🙂 Gotta create! Gotta decorate! Get those Easter Eggs rolling.

Naturally, I created crochet Easter eggs. But I didn’t stop at that. I wanted to make them special and because I love traditional floral ornamets, I decided to try embroidery. I don’t really have any experience doing that, but I think the eggs came out quite good. As usual, I didn’t have any specific design in my head, when I started, I just sort of “went where my hands took me”. I tried to use natural colors. I think it matches the tree branches quite nicely.

Crochet Easter Eggs
Crochet Easter Eggs – an original design by Matylda’s Barn. These Easter decorations will make any room pretty.

I created these eggs for Crafters Gallery in Saraga Springs, Upstate New York. If you’re in the area, be sure to check them out! You can also order them at my Etsy shop or contact me directly.

Crochet Easter Eggs
Crochet Easter Eggs – an original design by Matylda’s Barn. You can buy them at Crafters Gallery, Saratoga Springs, Upstate New York.
Easter Eggs - Easter Decoration - Easter Decor
Crochet Easter Eggs – Embroidered crochet decoration.
Crochet Easter Eggs - Easter Decor - Easter Decoration - Embroidered Eggs
Crochet Easter Eggs and the first spring flower! I love coltsfoot, it’s like these little pieces of gold that you randomly find by the road 🙂

I’ll be back with more Easter stuff!

Matylda's Barn display in Crafters Gallery, Saratoga
Amigurumi, Ceramics, Crochet, Other, Painting and Drawing

You Can Now Find Our Products in Crafters Gallery, Saratoga, NY!

Good news!

Our quality handmade products are from now on available at Crafters Gallery on 427 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY. I prepared a lot of new spring themed items for the display. If you’re in the area, you are most welcome to check them out!

Crafters Gallery
Crafters Gallery on Broadway street, Saratoga Springs, New York.

If you’re not from around here, you have one more reason to visit the beautiful Saratoga Springs with its old charm and character. You might also want to visit the local spa or come for the summer world-famous horse races. There is also many interesting shopping opportunities, some of them very old and traditional, such as the Putnam Market. My personal favourite spot is Saratoga Coffee Traders, where you can get coffee named Death Wish, which is just, well, awesome 😀 You don’t wanna miss that, right?!

Spring Collection by Matylda's Barn
Spring collection by Matylda’s Barn, so far. More items to come..!

Anyway, back to the products that are on display in the amazing Crafters Gallery. I hand-painted four new mugs, that will surely warm someone’s heart. There a sheep mug (errr, not a surprise there), a horse mug, a dog mug, and favourite – an old tree mug. The animals are enjoying the spring. Unlike us in the Adirondacks area who still wait to see the snow dissapear!

These standard-sized coffee mugs are hand-painted with Americana Acrylic Multi-Surface Satin Paints. They were left to dry for four days and baked later in the oven, so they should be dishwasher safe. However, since I haven’t tested these mugs over a long period of time, I would recommend to wash them by hand – just to be safe.

Spring Themed Mugs by Matylda's Barn
Spring themed coffee mugs, each one was carefully designed and hand-painted.

Since the Easter holidays are approaching, I wanted to design something special for the shop, that would be very Easter-y. So I naturally ended up creating bunnies. They are inspired by the very cute Rex breed. I used Lion brand Homespun acrylic yarn and premium polyester stuffing. The material makes it easy to wash.

Crochet Bunnies Amigurumi by Matylda's Barn
Hand-crochet bunnies by Matylda’s Barn. Original amigurumi pattern.

See more pictures of Matylda’s Barn products on display in Crafters Gallery, Saratoga Springs, under the article. If you’re thinking about a visit, don’t hesitate, there a lot of beautiful crafts to be seen in the gallery. From cute little sweaters for toddlers to wooden sculptures and paintings of Adirondack nature and traditions, you’re sure to be captivated by something.

Just like I was 🙂

Darla the Crochet Sheep
Amigurumi, Crochet

Darla the Crochet Sheep

This was one of the most fun projects I have ever made. Crocheting sheep is really fun, I really enjoy giving them a character, their own personality. Darla is a sort of confused sheep. In real life, sheep often stop doing whatever they are doing and look at you like that 🙂

I started to crochet from the middle, the stomach area. I continued up and finished the head. The wool texture is made of little chains, so you can only imagine, how long did this take (yes, a loooong time!). After I finished the head, I started to stuff the sheep with premium polyfiber from recycled materials. It’s easy to find poly stuffing, you can get it for example at Hobby Lobby for a fairly reasonable price.

After I stuffed the top part of the body, I continued crocheting from the stomach area down. I also continued to stuff the body. When the body was done, I crocheted the legs and “hands” separately, then sew them on the body. I did the same thing with the ears.

I embroidered the pink coloring in the ears and other details, such as the nose and eyes.

You can buy the original Darla here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/517842719/darla-the-crochet-sheep-amigurumi

Darla the Crochet Sheep
Darla the Crochet Sheep