|Tilda "bugs" /Christmas beetles from Spring Ideas book|
The bugs from the Spring Ideas book are my favourites ( image above) and they will be great gifts for my daughter and daughter-in-law, as I give them a handmade ornament for their Christmas trees each year . Tilda has also become a bit of a craze with some of the cloth doll makers in my Hello Dollies group. Here are a couple of gorgeous Tilda dolls made by a friend, Vicki Leeke of Victori Dolls.
|Tilda dolls by Vicki Leeke|
"Tilda is most known for the whimsical, comical and naive characters in the form of animals and dolls. Tilda's world is without a doubt a feminine one, and the most recognisable features are the faces, with two dots for eyes and rosy cheeks."
I certainly did not or would not change the Tilda style, but I added an Australian twist to the gingerbread men I made from the Crafting Christmas Gifts book. The fabric for these little gingerbread men was hand dyed with brown onion skins and syzygium leaves. The syzygium is better known here as Lilly Pilly - an evergreen Australian tree which has glossy dark green leaves and small edible berries or fruits, mostly used to make jam. I thought the dye recipe of onion skins and syzygium turned the calico into a good gingerbread fabric.
|Gingerbread Men, pattern from Tilda Crafting Christmas Gifts Book|