Friday, 5 December 2014

Felt Dala Horse

I've made a small, felt version of the very popular Swedish
Dala horse. It's my fun little project this week. 

I looked online for templates and there are so many that
can be downloaded for free but as we don't have a printer
I had to sketch my own. I'm not very good at this and it took
me a few tries before my drawing looked more like a horse
than a donkey!

After the girls have gone to bed I gathered all
my materials and sat down in front of the telly to do
some cutting and then sewing.

I decided to decorate my Dala horse with embroidery stitches
and I really enjoyed doing this. I was able to finish all the
embroidery in the evening and this afternoon when I had some
free time I stitched both sides together and added the stuffing.

And this is my little felt Dala horse. What do you think?

I'm very happy with it and I'm pleased that the embroidery stitches
 have worked (big thanks to my charity shop bought copy of Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches). But my favourite of all
are the little gold beads. I really love their Christmassy sparkle.

So it's been a lovely, happy project and I'm hoping that I could make
another one soon. For now I have a pair of fairy wings to fix.
Markie is going as a fairy to a fancy dress birthday party
this weekend and I'm official costumier. I got her a 25p fairy
wand from the charity shop the other day and the rest of her
outfit is sorted, I think. Hopefully my little client will be pleased!

Thanks for stopping by here. Have a good weekend!


  1. What a sweet little horse. I had to google dala horses as I've not seen them before. It would make a lovely Christmas tree decoration! A 25p wand is a bargain :-) I hope Markie has a lovely time at the party and that you enjoy the weekend xx

  2. Wow! Your Dala horse came out so well. I really love the beads, that is a lovely, festive touch. Nice job!

  3. How fab! Lovely idea. Just to say I really enjoy your blog, though haven't commented before. Love your thumbprint reindeer cards, too!! Gorgeous! Jen

  4. Marion your horse looks great - I love the little gold beads too! You always come up with new ideas!
    Caz xx

  5. I think that your horse is fantastic and so is your embroidery!! I love it!!! xx

  6. I absolutely love this! I have a strong affection for dala horses and now I really want to try something similar! Your stitching is beautifully done, and the little gold beads look gorgeous. x

  7. I love this. Your stitching is so beautiful!! xx