TEA COSIES AND TEAPOTS


 

Once I knitted a strawberry shaped tea cosy, then when I was at a dollshouse fair, I looked for a matching teapot.
I discovered a whole range of teapots in the shape of fruit and vegetables. I bought two, because I liked them.
It was very nice to see the strawberry pot and cosy together. Then I knitted a matching cosy to go with the new garlic teapot.
And then I was hooked!

I ordered all the pots and started to knit matching cosies.

Meanwhile I had to find a place to store them. I had my parents’ old tea cosy somewhere in the attic.
This seemed to be a nice place for the miniature pots.

This is the old cosy.
First I pulled out the lining to see what was inside.
I made two boxes of cardboard and took some filling out so the boxes could be put inside.
A second box was made a little smaller to fit in the first.
In a patchwork shop I bought 3 matching pieces of fabric.
For the outside of the cosy I had a fun fabric with little teapots. The outside of the box is a plain dark red and the inside of the boxes is the same as the lining. The fabrics looked very nice together.

It was a difficult job because I had no idea whether I would succeed in making it.
But fortunately the weather was nice so I could do it in the garden.
On one side there are the fruit-and vegetable tea cosies and on the opposite side miscellaneous pots and cosies.
When I put the fruit and vegetable teapots on one side, the box was complete.


This is the opposite site of the box.

Here are the pictures.

A racing car teapot and a garage tea cosy
English cottage tea cosies. But no matching pot found.
A Dutch cow-teapot and a Dutch farm cosy.
Yellow dotted teapot and yellow dotted cosy.
Blue flowered teapot with a little mouse and a blue flowered tea cosy with a little mouse!
A Chinese teapot with a Chinese girl tea cosy.
Here are a lighthouse teapot and a boat tea cosy.
A farmers cart teapot and a haystack tea cosy.
This teapot is in the shape of an old
fashioned lady.
I knitted her skirt from shiny rayon and
multicolored metallic thread.
After that I embroidered the front with
gold thread.
Isn't this a cute mushroom shaped teapot?
The lid is a ladybug.
I knitted a ladybug for the teacosie with eyes and feelers.
 
This is a nice teapot with matching teacosie.
Petra Brijl made this lovely 1001- night fairy tale teapot for me.
To keep the atmosphere I knitted the teacosie in silk and gold.

 
Will the snowman teapot be happy with this nice warm teacosie?
Aren't they both cute?
Looking at the bear teacosie I thought:
I could knit a pig like that. And then the cow, rat, mouse and horse.
The zebra and giraffe were the last ones.
Now I have to search for matching teapots!


 

 

I was invited to go to the IGMA show in New York in April 2006 and sell my miniatures.
I asked Dieneke Boektje to paint some white teapots in Delft to match the teacosies I had
knitted especially for the show.

In New York I bought a Rabbit shaped teapot and an English cottage shaped teapot.
Once I arrived home, I matched the pots with the two cosies I had already knitted.

My collection grows and grows.......
When we swapped on the email group "Miniknittingandcrochet"
Susie Parker sent me this beautiful pink teacosy. And it fitted
in very well next to............................the wedding cake tea pot!
For the 3 mice on the teapot I knitted a large
mouse to watch over them.

A friend gave me this parrot teapot and I knitted
a bird cage cosy. Actually, I knitted two as my
friend had the same teapot

In 2007  Wilma van Elderen said to me: "I have a very nice teapot at home.
I will make that one in miniature; one for me and one for you".
I was thrilled.  The miniature teapot she made was so lovely.
Then I knitted 2 matching teacosies in the shape of a hughe blueberry pie.
And we were both pleased.
 
It took until the summer of 2011 before I knitted
this boot-shaped teacosy.
Look at the face of Puss in Boot, she loves her new home!

Still in the mood I made this Ocean-teacosy. 
1 thread of variegated cotton and 1 thread of
mother-of-pearl gave the right impression of sea water.
The used pattern is called: Little waves during high tide.

 

During the fair in Arnhem in octobre 2012 I bought this
skull shaped teapot made from fimo.
As I had already designed a sweater with a skull it was
easy to knit this teacosy.
At the back is knitted RIP. I hope he is not laughing
too loud so he can rest in peace.


 

Exposities:

Nederlands Centrum voor Handwerken 9-2-2002 / 29-6-2002
Westfriesmuseum in Hoorn   29 march - 19 september 2003
De 2 Marken Maarn 27 september 2003 
Poppenhuismuseum Heesch 5-7 / 31 - 11 - 2004

Articles about these tea cosies:

P&M nr 61 october 2002