Some symbols associated with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations encompass shamrocks or leafy clovers, small whimsical black pots filled with gold coins at the end of a rainbow, the gnome like leprechaun with his conical pointed hat or traditional top hat, and the Celtic knot that codes for eternity and complex unity.
Sewing any of these traditional symbols can usually be accomplished with small amounts of white, green and black felt scraps, lengths of green and rainbow striped ribbons and tiny embellishments.
An easy to duplicate shamrock is to use a heart shape template. Cut three or four heart shapes out of green felt and hand sew or glue onto fabric in an embroidery hoop, or onto fabric mounted into a picture frame. Add a ribbon piece to resemble the delicate shamrock stem. Felt shamrocks make for easy hair clip decorations, or to decorate a banner that hangs from a mantel, draped across a window, or to decorate an office space.
Make a super quick brooch or lapel pin by fashioning a narrow ribbon piece into an open three lobe clover shape and secure in the center with a green button. Add a pin back or a safety pin to the back of the design for attaching.
Use a simple cauldron shape to cut a pot out of black felt. Cut two shapes to stitch together and lightly stuff with poly fill before stitching closed. Hand stitch a loop of rainbow grosgrain ribbon to the top of the cauldron. Add a pin back or a safety pin to be able to attach the whimsical design to a lapel, blouse or sweater.
The fanciful gnome-like leprechaun can be created by first crafting a small bean bag, top with a felt bent cone shape for a hat to which is sewn several pieces of wiry jute, or craft fur, or even narrow torn strips of muslin for a beard. Glue to the bean bag and add a round unfinished wooden bead to represent a nose.
A traditional leprechaun top hat can be cut from green felt. First cut a circle shape, then a rectangular shape. Whip stitch the edges of the rectangle to the circle’s edges to enclose into a cylindrical shape around the circle. Stuff lightly, hand stitch a circle brim to the top hat. Glue a black ribbon as a band around the top hat and an open yellow felt square over the ribbon to represent a buckle shape.
The seemingly intricate Celtic knot work shape (associated with enduring Irish imagery) can be made from any of a variety of materials that allow for the woven shape to be made into a pendant for a necklace, bracelet, or any number of items. The repeated looping design is representative of infinity and connectedness. Celtic knot work, like St. Patrick, dates to the 5th century.
Happy Patrick’s Day.
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