Peg Perfection 08.04.2012

This post has been dusted off and taken straight out of the "According to Matt Archives". I originally posted this content on my old blog "Crochet & Crafts According To Matt". I thought that it was a shame for creativity and inspiration to lay dormant, so I'm recycling the content from my old blog, keeping it available for you all to read, reference and use as you please.

Peg Perfection

As hoped, on Tuesday evening I finally got around to finishing off my little peg project.
I'm not quite sure where my sudden urge for pegs came from? Nonetheless, when I have an idea I simply have to see where it will end up!
As you probably remember.....Last month I bought a selection of tradition wooden pegs, as I wanted a fun and crafty project that would not consume too much time. I though these pegs seemed like the perfect choice.

I had some gorgeous shades of acrylic paint, so I started by making my pegs bright and stripey. I love the effect!
The colours remind me of the seaside. Maybe a stripey parasol or the wood of the rent per-day deck chairs, not sure what it is?

Once I had finished painting my pegs all kinds of stripey, I had intended on adding some little ribbons or possibly flowers.
Like many ideas I have, the reality doesn't always match my vision.
Adding flowers and ribbons just didn't seem to do it for me and I really wasn't happy with how they were turning out.
My solution.......I decided just to leave them plain, bright and stripey!
I like how simple and summery they look. Sometimes keeping it simple just seems to work best!

Once I had finished making stripey pegs, I noticed that I still had some pegs leftover.
I decided that I couldn't have these old fashioned pegs and not give making a couple of peg dolls a try.
I had no idea I was going to have so much fun creating these little characters and seeing a little town of peg people gradually grow.
So far I have made nine of these super cute little people, I just love how each of them seems to have a personality of their own.
Would you like to see what I came up with?:
First we have the "Castle Guards".

A little "Baywatch Babe"! Dennis made her, isn't she sexy!!

The "Aristocrats" (they're very posh, look at her gorgeous crocheted gown!):

"His Royal Highness":

And the "Prima Ballerinas".

I had so much fun making these!! Aren't they hilarious!!! I used acrylic paints for each of them and added any extra detail with a permanent marker pen.
Just to make sure they would stay standing up. I made little stands out of air-dry clay and painted them a very regal gold.
This is definitely a project I will revisit. The possibilities for different characters are endless.
I'm thinking next time I'd like to try making a clown, a 70's disco dude and definitely a Queen to keep my King company :-)

My final attempt at peg perfection came in the form of these little mini pegs.

As these pegs are very tiny (2cm long), I decided that they needed to remain simple. Along with my assortment of colourful embroidery floss.....

...and my mini crochet hook (size 1.25) in hand, I and made some teeny flowers. I made a little accent to the middle of each flower by using a contrasting colour of floss.
Finally I stuck the flowers to the pegs using a hot glue gun.
Here's how they turned out:

I'm so very pleased with the outcome!
I think they look so cute and dainty. I hope to make a notice bored in the near future so that these pretty pegs can hold notes and post cards. Until then, I have them on display in my beautiful little milk jugs. I simply clipped them onto some pieces of dowel and popped them into the jugs.

They have a definite Spring blossom feel, perfect for this time of year! That truly is "Peg Perfection"!
I'm wishing you all a very lovely Easter Weekend!!
Much love,

This post was originally posted on 8th March 2012.
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