This week was all about Dalahorses for me. For the Penny Sampler we were making two Dalahorse blocks, and for the Trim the Tree ornament swap I also chose to make little Dalahorses.
For the quiltblocks I decided to make two different horses. Each one in a color of the two Dala horses I have. One is black and I got it when I was on my first vacation in Sweden when I was 7. I thought it was lost somewhere in a box, either in our own attic or in my parents' attic, but when my parents saw me working on Dalahorses last week they took an Instagram photo of the black horse that they had. I was so glad to see it! I remember that when I got to pick out the horse with my parents I chose a black horse because I found that the most realistic color. When I was 7 I thought that was important... The red and blue horses just felt very weird to me.
The other horse that I own is white. I have shown it on my blog very often. Here is the story of how this horse came to live with us.
The ornaments that I made are all very unrealistic in color. But I hope very christmassy! I made them by tracing around a wooden Dalahorse shape I got in Sweden (for free, from a craft table at one of the horse factories in Nusnäs, on which they had wooden scraps from the factory that you could paint if you were inspired by seeing all the horses being produced). For each ornament I piled three felt horses and sewed them together with perle cotton. I glued the saddle and ribbon on with fabric glue. The hanging ricrac was added while I sewed the horses together.
These packages will be on their way to my swap partners today!