A Treasured Needlework Heirloom to Make for Baby

These little booties are the perfect gift to create for baby! Use knitting, felting, and embroidery to achieve magnificent detail.

Kathy Augustine re-created the boots worn by Treva in Jan Brett’s story Trouble with Trolls (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 1992) in miniature. Baby is going to love and treasure these adorable boots! Photos by Joe Coca.

One of the articles in the September/October 2015 literary-inspired issue of PieceWork is Kathy Augustine’s “Stitching with Paint: Inside the World of Jan Brett.” Jan Brett writes and illustrates delightful books for children of all ages; each is permeated with folklore and folk costume and each is mesmerizing. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent poring over the details in the illustrations in many of her classics, including Trouble with Trolls, which is featured in this issue.

Knit, felt, and embroider these adorable booties for a little one in your life.

Detail of Treva’s Boots, showing the embroidery, laces, and tassels.

We are very excited to announce our newest PieceWork kit–an exact replica of the boots Treva wears in Trouble with Trolls in miniature! I’ve had our miniature replicas on my desk for several weeks. Absolutely no one has passed by without stopping to ooh and aah! I honestly don’t know what I’ll do when they have to go back to their designer. Oh wait, I do know what I’ll do: I have one skein of the scrumptiously soft Queensland Llama Lace Melange Naturals yarn that is the base for the boots–I’ll just keep admiring it!

Our kit includes the Queensland Llama yarn for knitting the boots, the lovely Heathway Wool for the embroidery, the entire September/October issue of PieceWork (filled with fascinating literary-inspired stories and projects), which includes the step-by-step instructions for knitting, felting, embroidering, and assembling the boots. Plus–the kit includes a hardcover copy of Jan Brett’s Trouble with Trolls. What a great keepsake for baby–special boots and a book she or he will be able to read one day! Other options for the boots include using them on an 18-inch (45.5-cm) doll or to decorate a holiday tree (or just sitting on Jeane’s desk!).