A bit of this and that

A bit of this and that

‘Tis the season to show off trees! I’m no exception, so here is my contribution.

A few years ago I had the idea of creating a portable Christmas decoration to sell in my shop. I wanted something small, cute and as eco-friendly as possible. The solution? Needle felted mini trees.

The trees

Needle felted miniature Christmas trees by Eleanor Shadow

I think they’re rather fun, even if I do say so myself. The colours are bright and who doesn’t like miniatures?

Each tree has a wire frame to ensure stability. I needle felt the the larger components (tree trunk, copse and base) around the wire and the rest is made separately and stitched onto the main part.

It’s quite fun to felt the baubles, I used to take small amounts of differently coloured wool with me to doctor appointments and such and, whilst waiting, I could get 4-5 balls created. It was also a great conversation starter.

To finish things off nicely, I glue the whole ensemble onto a sturdy piece of locally sourced wool disc and, as they say, Bob’s you uncle.

They’ve been quite the success this year, I’m down to the last one at the time of writing!


Another holiday idea was to create a wreath that could be used over and over again. Have I mentioned I like reusable, eco-friendly things? πŸ™‚

I had some needle felting foam that I regretted buying. It wasn’t the best quality foam and I found out I hated using them, so they’d been languishing in my stash for a couple of years. I didn’t want to throw it away. One day it dawned on me: I could cut and use them for something else.

Needle felted Christmas wreath by Eleanor Shadow. It has a donut shape with felted balls and a red ribbon wrapped around it. It has a green ribbon bow at the top.

I love these wreathes and each year I look forward to hanging mine in my front door. They’re not huge because I had to take the foam’s original size into consideration but isn’t it cute?


It wouldn’t be a post written by me without some sewing fun. I felt brave and bought some jersey knit fabric to make a Stasia dress by Sew Liberated. You might know a lot of sewers avoid jersey due to its stretchy nature. My previous experience hadn’t been the best but this time I was determined to succeed.

Fun fact: despite my determination, for some reason I didn’t make a mock version of the dress beforehand. I just moved on ahead directly to cutting the good fabric!

The consequence of this is that my sleeves ended up a bit shorter than I’d wanted, so I think I’m going to cut them and create a ΒΎ sleeve instead.

Eleanor Shadow shows off her Stasia dress in yellow jersey fabric.

Can you tell I’m so happy with the result? The black dots and stripes on the fabric are just so cute to me. My poor mother still wonders how I ended up going from wearing just black to being obsessed with mustard yellow, but here we are.

Yellow Stasia dress. Pattern by Sew Liberated, made by Eleanor Shadow.

That’s it for today. Can you believe it’s already December? This is my last post for the year, so I wish you a great New Year, filled with fibre and other fun stuff. See you in 2022.

19 thoughts on “A bit of this and that

  1. Leonor! Talk about finishing the year on a crescendo! Just like a beautiful musical composition you are going out on a high, leaving your readers excited. I love your dress and the colour is just you. You look beautiful and fabulous (a million dollars as the saying goes) and so happy.

    Your little Christmas trees are the cutest going. I can understand why they are flying out of your store πŸ™‚ As for your wreath … yum yum.

  2. Wowza! Three incredibly beautiful projects! The felted trees and wreath are just the cutest and you look absolutely stunning in that dress. Great colour, perfect fit and it drapes so well…..I would love one like that. Have a good Christmas and see you on the other side.

  3. Love your little trees: so jolly and look beautifully made. As for the dress: perfect fit & really suits you.

  4. Love your post, your trees and wreaths are so fun! What a great way to send off the year. Your dress is stunning, love the colour, style and fit! Your beautiful smile says it all. Terrific work.

  5. I love your little trees, and wish I had one. This year I’m debating whether or not to put one up and this would be my solution, how perfect. Love the colours of both the trees and wreaths.

    1. Tiny trees are the way to go if you don’t want a huge Holiday display πŸ˜€ I’m sure you could make yourself a cute tree, I hope I’ve inspired you ^_^

  6. As always the trees are the cutest. and a reusable bright and cheerful wrath is perfect.
    As to the dress, well when are you going to the ball? You look fabulous. It really suits you. Baffling our moms is just the best way to be. Keeps them (and me as I am a baffled mom, as well as a baffler of mom) on their toes.

  7. The dress is stunning and the colour suits you well!

    Your re-useable decorations are very pretty and eye-catching – especially like the trees on their wood discs with the little presents.

    The decorations are ‘happy’ and bring an easy smile.

    1. Thanks, Lyn! I never thought I could pull off yellow, but here I am πŸ˜€

      After reading all your comments I shall be placing my own wreath on my door. Let the cheer begin!

  8. I love the trees and wreath. Both are great for holidays for years to come. And putting the tree in your living room and saying “My tree’s up.” would be perfect for my style of decorating which is minimal to say the least. The dress is gorgeous. I saw it on IG or FB and didn’t realize it was full length. Your sewing skills way surpass mine. LOL, Baffler of Mums/Moms! Happy Holidays!!

    1. I might have to market my trees as “minimalistic decor for those who can’t be bothered” πŸ˜€

      I highly doubt my skills surpass yours, but I can tell you cutting that jersey was no easy feat (especially with the cats being “helpful” and sitting on top of the fabric as I worked). Happy holidays, Ruth!

  9. I can just see you arm in arm with M as you beautifully swish your way down the stairs (squishing through any doors destroys the image!) to make a grand entrance below. Definitely a well deserved grand entrance. Love the colour, but poor mama!

    Your cute trees have obviously developed hidden wings flying off to new homes. I’m sure any new owner will be totally delighted, and may come back for more as they look wonderful ‘en masse’.

    Your wreath is also delightful. Is this the one you had us using our magnifying glasses for hanging on the door at the back of a previous photo? If so my eyesight didn’t do it justice.

    Have a wonderful festive time – Boas festas & Feliz Natal…xx

    1. Haha, I also need a very posh accent as I swish! πŸ˜€ (It *is* rather fun to swish in that dress, actually)

      A whole forest of trees, I like that! Yes, the wreath is the same as the one I had you look for! I can’t believe you remember that…

      Boas festas and Frohe Weihnachten ^_^ xx

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