Gnomes by Mari

Gnomes By Mari

Gnomes, also known as tomtens/nisse/tonttus, are part of Scandinavian folklore and always had a place in our home during Christmas. For many years I have enjoyed all aspects of designing, creating and selling unique products. I especially love working with knits and fabrics, and in 2017 I started designing and creating hand-made decorative gnomes. Each decorative gnome is individually handmade with care and attention to detail in my home studio located in Paris, Ontario. 

My Estonian heritage draws me to motif designs from the Baltic, Nordic and Scandinavian areas…both the symmetry and the timeless traditional simplicity of these multi-coloured patterns.  When visiting thrift stores, I noticed that many of the knits had beautiful patterns, colours and textures yet these sweaters, hats and scarves had been discarded for a variety of reasons. I repurpose these knits into gnome hats and create handmade gnomes, complete with oversized wooden noses and beautiful faux fur beards. Only a few gnomes can be made from a single knit. No two gnomes are alike because of the colour combinations of felt/beard/hat and the limiting number of hats from each knit. This results in each gnome being truly one-of-kind, unique in both looks and personality.

Self-standing gnomes are available in 3 sizes: 10", 15" & 20". Ornament gnomes (6”) and 9” tree/bottle topper gnomes are also available. Prices range: $14.00 to $55.00 (GST/HST is included).



Mari Kimsto

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