“Silent Mice©” is a smocking design plate by Little Memories, a wonderful company that creates the cutest smocking plates. This has been one of my favourite Christmas designs since I first saw it way back in the 80’s!
When I saw it first I decided that I was not going to all that work to have a child outgrow the outfit I had smocked. So I smocked the design on a Christmas ball.
When we were blessed with a wee granddaughter this year, I wanted to create a Santa Sack just for her and of course, a smocked Christmas ball. This design was the first one I thought of for her first Christmas.
And then I decided that I could create a motif to match on her Christmas Santa Sack.
I sketched the mouse and made a copy to use as a pattern. Then I cut him out of grey felt to appliqué on the red corduroy. I added a red Santa hat and made a twisted cord of Pearl cotton to represent Santa’s hat’s fur trim. Final touches of embroidery were added to complete his eyes and whiskers. We looked everywhere and I finally ended up buying a bag of 72 little bells to get the right size! I wanted something special for the end of the Santa hat.
The sack is lined in Black Watch tartan (her great grandfather was a member of this regiment!) and I used a piece of tartan to appliqué a little tag to the sack. I found twist ties that looked like evergreen branches and couched a cou0ple of these to the sack for the mouse to be sitting upon. And voila! a pretty good representation of the design plate.
So don't wait till the last minute as I did, get working on your special Christmas needlework projects right after Christmas while the ideas are fresh in your head.