Thursday, July 27, 2023

not even a mouse: prototype - year is in, chip is out

More prototype photos. I've found a placement for the year that I like the best – on the cup bottom where the maker's mark would be. Because the ornament hangs from the front rim edge at a slight angle, the cup bottom is at the back of the ornament.
The chip – meh. I don't think it adds much to the finished look, it's a pain to manage across the three sewn layers of the cup, and it seems to cause the cup rim to pull out of round. Three strikes – it's out. Maybe an optional embroidered crack instead.

I do like the embroidered ticking stripes on the pillow, but I'm going to try another version with more. Side Sleeper Mouse is the winner! But not happy with Mouse yet because eight year old inner Larissa insists that he can be removed from the blanket (because fun) and therefore he needs optional tiny arms and legs and a wee tail and the blanket needs to be secured somehow for easy in and out.
I envision small fingers tucking Mouse in bed with Teddy on the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature should be stirring, not even a mouse. A fun tradition to do on Christmas Eve?
But of course if your inner 40 year old says NO way to that because you don't wish for carefully handsewn Mouse to go MIA every year, you may certainly glue him and Teddy in place.

Several have mentioned a tiny tiny stocking, and you may be unsurprised to know that one had already been included in the pattern for trying out on the previous round. So far I haven't gotten to try the stocking because I'm still working out the bigger stuff. It may go the way of the chip. LOL


  1. Could there be an gap in the blanket for the tail to hang over the edge? Then if you wanted the mousy to stay in, you stich the blanket tighter.

  2. Love your patterns, so looking forward to making the delightful mouse and cup.

  3. The year on the bottom is perfect.

  4. Oh my that is too cute!!! When are you going to publish that pattern? I'm first in line to purchase. I've about half way thru my second batch of the 12 days of Christmas and I'm having a blast. Thank you for your innovative and charming designs.

    1. Thanks so much! Fingers crossed for early fall... subject to change haha! I'm so glad you are enjoying the Twelve Days project!

  5. I'm looking forward to seeing the final version of this one!


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