The Fair Villagers are coming!

This traveling peddler arrived on our doorstep this morning. He’s headed to the annual summer gathering of the harvest faeries with his wares. He didn’t have time to stop and converse, so I had to snap his picture on the move. Thankfully, snails aren’t that quick.

It’s been a long haul, but the faeries and I have arrived safely in our new home. I thought I’d introduce you to some of the new faeries I’ve met recently. Thankfully they didn’t mind having their picture taken.

Marlo is a faerie who lives near our basement entrance. He farms the moss that grows on the retaining wall. He seems to have a bit of an Irish accent. Who knew a farming faerie could look so dapper?

Penelope was a bit too shy to look straight at the camera, but she looked beautiful anyway. She is the type of faerie who gathers our discarded and lost bits and baubles–thimbles, thread, buttons, you name it. I wondered where that screw to fix the cabinet went…

Stay tuned for more faerie sightings!

 

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Moving Sale!

My family is relocating to the Midwest in a few weeks! We are all very excited about this move back home. Unfortunately, that  means I have to pack my whole studio up and it’s going to be awhile before I get everything back in working order. I’ve listed a few final pieces in my Etsy shop, but don’t wait, because the physical items in my shop will go black until this fall.

Want a sneak peek at the new studio? Follow me on Facebook for updates throughout the summer.

And here are the new listings:

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Ready? Set? Go!!

I dream with my eyes open. Wool felt and embroidery. copyright Jennifer Carson 2016

Thank you for your patience as I updated the way you can purchase Dragon Charmer Sewing Patterns! Some of you have already tested the new site and I THANK YOU!

So what’s all the hullabaloo you ask? Now you can purchase and download patterns right from my website. No need to follow links to other sites or sign up for an account, and you kn ow you are purchasing directly from the pattern designer which helps me provide you with more new patterns!

Ready to celebrate the update? Purchase any sewing pattern(s) over $10.00 and receive 20% off your purchase with the discount code CelebratetheUpdate. This offer is only good through April 30th, so don’t hesitate!

Happy creating!

 

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The Dragon Charmer is getting an update!

Please be patient as I update the pattern pages of the site. Soon you will be able to download and pay for patterns directly from thedragoncharmer.com website!

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Meet Ducky and Spike in Person!

Hello!

Hello!

Meet Ducky at Enchanted Passage in Sutton, Massachusetts.

Today at 2 PM!

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Ducky and Spike, test shots with scenery

I’ve always wanted to make illustrations with my dolls, so this year I decided to get rid of the fear and go for it. I still have some tweaks to make, but I’m getting closer. What do you guys think?

 

Wanna Play?

Wanna Play?

 

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New Sewing Pattern, Nori, the Scandinavian Hairy Troll

Nori likes to play outside in the snow.

Nori likes to play outside in the snow.

Nori is based on the hairy Scandinavian trolls. She is fully jointed with needle felted eyes and wired fingers. Nori is 16″ in total length. She wears a removable fur collar and is stuffed with love.

Nori, pictured above, is made from hand dyed wool and a premium faux fur. You may substitute the wool for any doll skin fabric of your choice. You may also use safety lock eyes or glass eyes on loops instead of needle felting the eyes.

I used safety lock joints for Nori, if you know how to use other joints, go for it. Please keep in mind who the recipient is when you choose materials.

My sewing patterns are clearly written in English and have illustrated directions. This sewing pattern is best for an intermediate sewer, or a beginner with a more advanced helper at hand.

Find  the pattern for Nori in my Etsy shop!

Nori

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Event at Enchanted Passage, Sutton, MA on January 7!

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When You Are Brave…

William Ogmundson and I are at it again! Will is the lyricist and composer for Hapenny Magick, the Musical, and we’ve just finished a new musical especially for kids age 4-8. Here’s a sneak listen (and Will wants me to apologize for his singing, but I think he has a great voice!) the new musical is based on my story from the Fox Hollow Tales series, Wojer and the Wizard of the Wood, currently being shopped to publishers and beautifully illustrated by P.A. Lewis MacDougall. You might remember seeing his cute little face before! I’ll let you guys know more details soon!Woger and buddy

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#showyourwork, Updates from the Dragon Charmer Studio

I know. It’s been a really long time since I’ve visited. This spring was so busy with the production of Hapenny Magick, and then I got really sick. Pretty much the whole month of May. And did I mention that I started a new job in March as well? So…now you know why I’ve been hibernating off line.

While recharging my batteries and settling into a new schedule,  I’ve also been working on some new projects, one of which I’m particularly excited about, so I’ll show it to you first.

I’ve always wanted to illustrate a story with my dolls. This spring I discovered a illustrator who was doing exactly what I wanted to do. I love her book, Hank Finds an Egg. You can visit her at http://storywoods.blogspot.com. Anyway, she’s my current inspiration for Ducky and Spike, a new story I’m working on.

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Ducky and Spike–Two new characters for a new story!

I also found 50 vintage hand sewn quilt blocks at a flea market in  Vermont in July. Of course, I had to rescue them! I combined the vintage squares with some new squares and a hand-painted panel.

Bunny napping in weeds

The panel about halfway painted.

 

 

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Finished panel

The finished quilt

The finished quilt top

While I was waiting for my quilts to be machine quilted, I embroidered this pretty lady:

Summer Coat, embroidery on cotton and wool felt, 2016

Summer Coat, embroidery on cotton and wool felt, 2016

Last, but not least, I’ve been working on a new pattern too! Here’s a peek:

IMG_0391I’m picking up my Graveyard quilt at the machine quilter tomorrow too! I’ll share it soon!

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