I have followed Jodie Carleton and her blog for a long time. It was always hilarious. Her blog, like many, is updated less and less as crafty types switch to Instagram, but her humour remains infectious, and her patterns are still adorable. I would buy and make them all if I had endless sewing time.
When a class with her was offered here in Perth, I jumped at it. I knew I could buy a pattern and follow it even without a class, but I also knew that it would be a fun day out, spending time with other sewers and her crazy sense of humour. I picked up some useful toy-making tips along the way too.
Apparently, in all her times teaching the ‘Stable Mates’ pattern, I was the first student to choose to make a donkey rather than a horse or unicorn. I find that baffling; donkeys are so adorable. It never even occurred to me make anything but a donkey.
After the class, I finished him quickly, but my donkey sat on my sewing table for well over a year while I procrastinated making the bridle. I need not have delayed; when I started, it took very little time.
During the year he sat on my sewing table, I grew rather attached to him. It was genuinely difficult to let him go.
Recently, I gave Donkey and a book to my cousin’s son for his second birthday. He is a big Shrek fan and was very happy. He has already tried to ride Donkey!
I also whipped up another small project using Jodie’s creations. I made myself a pair of pyjama pants that are perfect for wearing while sitting in front of the fire and knitting before bed. I used New Look pattern 6859, and made the small size of view A. The fabric is from Ella Blue’s ‘Sewing School’ range, which was designed by Jodie.
While my left eye is still on the mend (my ophthalmologist is optimistic), I am finding knitting easier than fine handsewing.