Gnome, Tomte, Nisse, Dwarf – they go by many names and are appearing with a multitude of cool gnome art creative twists
I confess, I am besotted with Gnomes. Quirky cute little bearded men enjoying all the great outdoors has to offer.
Germanic in origin, fishing in the neighbours pond with his typically ruddy cheeks, boots and happy wrinkled face. Brits like me will be familiar with this guy. Used to watch over crops and livestock, often tucked into the rafters of a barn or placed in the garden.
But, there is so much more to our bearded buddies!
Yep, they’ve come a long way since German sculptor, Phillip Griebel, created his funny ceramic and terracotta men.
5 things you didn’t know about gnomes
- 1. Garden gnomes bring good luck! Gnomes were regarded as good luck charms by our ancestors and would often be found living in the rafters of barns where they would help watch over livestock.
- 2. Gnomes are banned from the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22594835. Yes it’s true! Gnomist behaviour if you ask me. I’m convinced they are planning a revolution
- 3. There are three types of gnomes
WORKER gnomes carry tools like fishing rods, shovels, or hammers;
AT-EASE gnomes typically carry a pipe – clearly some sort of distant relation to Gandalf – and finally
CULTURAL gnomes who have a musical instrument in hand.
- 4. Gnomes are vegetarian Their typical diet is nuts, mushrooms, peas, beans, potatoes, apple sauce, fruit, berries, tubers, spices, vegetables, and preserves for dessert. Although, they are partial to the odd tipple of fermented honey, fermented raspberries, and spiced gin. Nom nom.
- 5. Gnomes kiss by rubbing noses Nose rubbing is their equivalent to the good old handshake. Just be sure they don’t have a cold before you pucker up!
A gnome by any other name
Crafting and Scandi fans, will be familiar with Nisse, Tomte and Tonttu. Mythological creatures from Nordic folklore today typically associated with the winter solstice and the Christmas season. Similar to gnomes, these are short, bearded folk who appear wrapped up for frosty weather. For instance, donning conical or knitted caps in red or some other bright colour. All manner of themes and fabrics are used to great effect – check out these cuties by Bronte Gnomes
Aren’t they just adorable? I am totally onboard with the gnome thing.
But wait! Michelle, you can’t sew to save your life and you have an intrinsic fear of glue guns?
Sadly, true! (I’ll leave leave the fuzzy variety to the professionals like Brontes Gnomes.
Instead, I’m completing a challenge to produce a miniature gnome a week for an entire year! Everything from farmer gnomes, to artists and wizards.
You can check them out on British Craft House
Gnome tattoo art
Surely, that’s not a thing? It absolutely is. Check out this beauty and read more about gnomes in tattoo art here
If you fancy having a go at making your own fabric version, an old fluffy sock will serve you well. There are plenty of tutorials on Pinterest. I quite like this one here
I know – sounds a bit wrong doesn’t it? And these certainly look too nice to eat. But I probably would get over that very quickly. Check out the wonderful world of edible gnome art Naomi has to offer and much more at https://www.instagram.com/thevintagecookiejar/
These two adorable felt patterns are available on Etsy. They reminded me so much of my little clay gnomies. So cute lots of personality. LOVE the little floral details on the top from LTTS doodles . And on the bottom we have Igar from Lily’s Funny Show. He is part of a whole Tomte family so could be a lovely Seasonal gift.
And if you are ….errr hum …. as adept at sewing as me you might prefer these free colouring pages. Mini versions can be downloaded from here with kind permissions of Supercoloring* and perfect for using in bullet journals
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