Whaddya Gnome?

To go along with the main post about the adorable needle-felted gnomes, we thought it would be fun to have a gnome-themed BeWeave It if for no other reason than to pull out all our favorite gnome puns.

When most of us think of gnomes, I’m sure the image that comes to mind is one of a white bearded man wearing a red pointy cap and a blue shirt. This was not always the case. Paintings of gnomes from the 1800s show gnomes as wizened old men with long beards and a variety of clothing, including long brown cloaks. Sometimes they might appear more goblin or animal than the diminutive humanlike fellows we think of today. The images that we gnome (we warned you there would be puns) as gnomes were popularized in the mid-1800s when Phillip Griebel began creating terra cotta gnomes for gardens.

These garden gnomes wore pointed caps, simple tunics and trousers, and typically had a big, white beard. The colors of the hats and shirts spanned the rainbow. A quick glance at Victorian images of gnomes shows gnomes once had a much more colorful wardrobe. Not much is known why gnomes wear what they do now, but the book Gnomes by Wil Huygen featured this costume heavily and with both the popularity of this book, as well as the children’s series David the Gnome, this image of a red pointed cap and blue shirt have become synonymous with gnomes. 

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