Sunday, 31 July 2016

Staggy The Yarn Bombed Stag

Last year Kmart was selling these cute Stag Clocks for $15.

I bought one and hung it on my wall. I didn't really bother to use it to tell the time, but I loved the shape. One of those useless things you buy because... reasons.

Here is a photo of it taken ages ago when it was a benign random wall thing....

Then disaster struck. It was knocked off the wall. The hook at the back was kind of small and narrow. This broke one of the antlers and the clock mechanism.

Then I saw a picture on the Instabrag of someone's yarn bombed deer.  It was a 3D thing like my Juicy Moosey. I have just spent hours scrolling back trying to find it from months ago. But I can't even remember who made it. Sad face because I really REALLY wanted to show it to you!

And I was always envious of Lucy's wreaths from Attic 24. Especially her winter wreath with that super cute hedgehog! Queen Crochet Amazona Lucy inspires me monthly, weekly and sometimes daily, but her Winter Wreath is especially inspiring.

So I decided to make use of the pieces of my broken stag shape to create something like a cross between a seasonal wreath and Yarn Bombed Stag because I am an inherent hoarder and hate throwing useless crap away. Until I become overwhelmed with useless crap and throw ALL of it away. Which happens about once every 3 years. Or 10.

I glued the antler back on and threw away the cheap clock mechanism. I wasn't really interested in that anyway.

I had an idea for a woodland thingy where the stag shape was like a tree and it's antlers would be filled with leaves and forest-y things!

I started off with a nice oaky brown yarn for the 'trunk' and branches.

I crocheted it to fit adjusting the single crochet stitches for each row as i went along.

When I finished the shape, I crocheted around the perimeter in a double crochet  stitch to fit around all the sides.

I then stitched it to the back. It wasn't in any neat, pretty professional way. The back looks like a bit of a dogs breakfast!

Then disaster struck again! (jeezus this is as bad as an episode of Neighbours. And in bucking the trend of most inhabitants of Kangaroo Land, I don't actually watch Neighbours. Nor do I wear thongs. Although I used to love wearing a thong as in undies in the form of a string until pregnancy made my butt too big if that makes any difference? And I occasionally say 'Crikey'.)

The disaster catalyst came in the form of Sonofagun No.2 and his well meaning efforts to do... actually no. No well meaning sweet 7 year old stuff. He was roughhousing around and knocking things over pretending to be Godzilla or Spiderman. Or both at once, and knocked Staggy off the table.

So the antler that previously broke, broke again.

This time I splintered it and glued the crap out of it. See all that glue?
I then searched the interwebs for bits and pieces.

I made up the grass....

I also made up these cute toadstools which are applique style.  I am completely shithouse at French knots! Those little white dots had to be reinforced with Wonder Womans invisible thread.  I also made lots of small pink and mauve flowers.  They are fairly similar to Lucy's Teeny Tiny Flowers (tutorial here) except for some different stitches and they are made in mercerized cotton with a 2mm hook.

I whipped up these cute little balls to be sort of like berries. I simply used the basic principles of amigurumi to make little spheres.

And I made a bunch of these cute little acorns. They are available as a free pattern from another favourite blogger of mine called Sons Popke. You should check out some of her other cute woodland amigurumi!

The little half acorns in the 'knot hole' (also freestyled) were adapted from this pattern. I made the acorn cap according to pattern, then only made half the acorn but didn't stuff them with polyfill.

The pattern for the leaves below can be found on the Attic 24 blog here.

The leaves on the left below are called Spring Leaves and you can also find the pattern on Attic 24 here. The thing I love about them is the 2 tones. They look so fresh! They remind me of peacock feathers. And they are so quick and easy to make!

The mistletoe, fern and oak leaves came from the book 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet.


I knew I also wanted Hellebores. When I was growing up, the Mothership always had Hellebores in the garden. Last year when I visited the National Rhododendron Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges, there were thousands of hellebores in all the pinky/ plumy colours.

Luce (you don't mind if I call you Luce? It's an Aussie thing where we have to shorten everyones names. EG: Adam = Ads, Lucy = Luce, Brian = Bri. And if they already have one syllable names, we stick Y or O on the end. Dave = Davo, Jack = Jacko, Jane = Jane-y. Don't take offense! It means you're one of the gang!) So Luce has a gorgeous, easy to follow Hellebore pattern which I followed to make some for Staggy. (See what I did there?)
You can find the easy to follow tutorial here.
To assemble Staggy, first I stitched on the grass and toadstools and ground stuff.

I then started the long process of hand stitching on all the bits and pieces onto the branches.
I also wanted some wildlife. I played around with the idea of Australian native animals, but thought seeing as this tree was a little more European woodland style, I'd make some non- Aussie creatures.  I found a free pattern online for this adorable little squirrel.

Because I wanted the squirrel to look like he was scampering up the side of the tree, I only crocheted legs on his left side.

But this little owl I made up myself!  Would you like to make one? Then stay tuned in the coming week or so when I publish the pattern!

Sunny Jim the budgie has developed a habit of trying to get herself into whatever I'm working on or doing.  She loved to fly over, land on my workspace, pick up and throw pieces around. She also decided it was a new fun game to fly onto my cappuccinos to dip her beak into the froth, then turn around and crap in the cup like what she did shortly after I took the photo below. Deviant!
The sweet little toadstools were purchased on a whim a few months ago from The Figtree Forest in Milton.

Do you know that familiar feeling when you're working on something and can see the end? You look at your progress and inwardly think, "Only 5/4/3/2/1 rows to go!" or "I just have to sew on these last leaves/ flowers/ dingdongs on and I'm done!"

It didn't quite work that way for me. I crocheted all the leaves, animals, acorns and most of the flowers. Then I sewed them on and made more flowers. I also had a collection of cute shiny beads and things to sew on.  But I simply looked at it at one point and thought, "I don't think it needs anymore." And that was it. How anti-climactic!

What do you think?

I love it like a fat redhead love cappuccinos & timtams!! (yes I'm talking about me!)

I have hanging on a rather boring wall.  Unfortunately no pretty fireplace to hang it over so it can brighten up this boring part of the loungeroom!

Have you transformed something rather plain or broken at your place with yarn or some other medium? I'd love it to see it! Show me by popping over to me Facie page and posting it! Or tag me on Instagram.

The Red Haired Amazona


  1. You blow me away Louise! Who would think that reading a crochet pattern would be so hilarious - especially when I don't crochet!

  2. Bloody BRILLIANT! - And, GOOD enough to secure CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP if you ever have a hankering! really. Just toss in a "Maple Leaf" behind the Squirrel's ear or in it's thong to cover its nuts and you're "IN"!! ;-}

    BTW, it would make a great spot to hang an "ELF-ON-THE-SHELF" from..? - Which reminds me, I do have to get a move-on and SEND your "PARCEL"! Hopefully, the SEA OTTERS will get it there by December!

    Anyhoo, GREAT JOB! Absolutely LOVE IT!

    oh, hey! It's going to need a NAME..?! - My choice would be STANLEY or MARVIN...

    1. Now thats a great idea for Elf on a shelf when he visits again! And regarding my future Canadian citizenship, I already have a bottle of Canadian maple syrup in the cupboard. If i drizzle that over my passport, is that as good as a visa???

    2. If it's the genuine stuff, sure, that'll work. Just make sure you've gotten your shots for BLACK FLY bites and you should be good to come! -- But, book a hotel, cause I have NO "room"! Not even "down under" my basement! - Although, I could probably build you a nice igloo on the front lawn some time around the end of January... Or, in the back, under the Pine and Cedars..? [Just watch out for the Squirrels and Snosnakes...] But, you don't do "MINUS" SIGNS, do you?
      oh, well...

    3. Black fly shots- will do. Hotel- no worries. But if it's Spring maybe you could build me an igloo from your yarn collection? Squirrels- We're both redheads and like nuts so we'll get along just swell. Wtf are snosnakes? Can't be any worse than Brown, Black, Red Bellied Black or Tiger snakes. If I'm doing maths I can handle the odd minus sign?!

  3. Oh my GOSH.. you've created a masterpiece! I like it on the plain wall as it really shows off well there. You went to a LOT of work on that, my friend. I think you should win a prize on it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    1. Thank you Teresa! I did think of entering it in the Royal Melbourne Show but the dimensions are too big!

  4. O! M! G! That is so incredibly OOAK! Sorry, got carried away! I just love it and what a wonderful piece of unique art to hang on a wall. You should be so proud of yourself.

    1. Thank you Robin! I don't think I'll be doing another one soon, that's for sure!

  5. What a transformation, brilliant and think you should do these to sell.

    Thank you for your posts, you always make me laugh and as for Sunny Jim, so funny

  6. I love it Louise..... It's been a long time in the making but so so worth it! I still laughing at you calling Lucy Luce..... and the explanation that goes with it!!!

    Brilliant..... well worth the wait!

  7. omg what a transformation!!! love the owl and so detailed and agree you should sell these- absolutely stunning well done x

  8. Wow. That is so great. It reminds me of Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. Do you know the story by Dr Seuss. He is so kind he lets all the other animals hitch a ride on his antlers.

    I worked with an Australian girl once, who always called her leather sandals thongs. We had quite a few misunderstandings.

    1. I do know Thidwick. We have that lovely story on our bookshelves!

  9. Streuth Lou, that's a bonza bit of yarn work. I'm properly impressed. I bet Jimbo knows exactly what she's doing too, cheeky bugger.

    1. Crikey Stell! Sunny Jims a cheeky bugger alright, but a true blue cobber!