8/27/2009

Whimsies and Wentworth wooden puzzles



Those of you who love doing jigsaw puzzles may be interested to know that Wentworth puzzles have included "sleeping hedgehog" in their latest Autumn Catalogue. Wentworth makes wooden jigsaws, which are rather unusual as they contain special “Whimsies” pieces. These are puzzle pieces cut into the shape of an object, for example a garden themed jigsaw would have some pieces cut in the shape of a garden tool, a plant, a gardener leaning on a spade etc. Nowadays these puzzles are cut by laser but in the past they were cut by using a jigsaw, what else? It took ages before I made that connection. The “whimsies” were so called because they were cut on a whim.

As jigsaw puzzles go, these are quite expensive items but they are made to last and should provide hours of pleasure to generations. Some of them even achieve a cult-like status and become collector’s items, changing hands for very high prices.

When I was a child I had a jigsaw puzzle, which had a picture of ice skaters in an ice rink. I have the image firmly fixed in my mind; I must have stared at each piece for so many hours on rainy afternoons. It was my job to collect together all the straight edged pieces, paying particular attention to those precious corner pieces. I loved those special times when my father, brother or sister would join in and finish a bit for me. I even remember the doctor calling by and helping! I wonder what became of that puzzle?

29 comments:

  1. Good Day Valarie,

    Congratulation again on your lovely illustrations being used in such delightful ways. The sleeping Hedgehog is a sweetie, indeed.

    I hope you had a wonderful summer. We are now experiecing the scents and sounds of Autumn in the air. Such a lovely time of year. Hugs Judy

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  2. Valerie - I am so pleased. We buy ourselves a Wentworth every Christmas and it will definitely be the sleeping hedgehog this year. I always said your designs were perfect for jig saws. Very well done!

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  3. What a dear little Tiggywinkle...Love the 'praying' feet!

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  4. Though not a big fan of jigsaw puzzles, I think this little guy is absolutely adorable!

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  5. I have you to thank Weaver, you first suggested this new outlet to me!

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  6. What a wonderful Christmas present that jigsaw will make!

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  7. What a lovely image for a jigsaw puzzle. Congratulations!

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  8. What a super jigsaw puzzle - my sister and brother-in-law love doing them - now what a good idea for a present! We didn't get to the museum at Englesea Brook as we had to take the books to a chapel at Mow Cop where the sale is to be held but I'd love to visit the museum one day:)

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  9. hi acornmoon, that is so cool. i have to tell you that i've only seen one hedgehog in the wild and that was somewhere on the pennine way about twenty odd years ago as i crossed a style. there it was right at the bottom of the steps!!! i love this painting. steven

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  10. How wonderful....I'll have to buy one. It's the sweetest!

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  11. I Love puzzles. We get a family one going every holiday. We all stay up late and talk while we try to complete it. This little guy is too cute! Thank you for the website. Love and Light, Nina P

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  12. Oh this is so delightful, Acornmoon! The little hedgehog is adorable.

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  13. What a beautiful hedgie, so sweetly asleep. The work in those leaves, so subtle and layered, must have taken hours. A beautiful balance of the scrupulously observed and the lovingly interpreted.
    Blessings,
    Frances

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  14. What an adorable little hedgehog! Congratulations on having your work put on a puzzle. They made a good choice!

    You do such lovely work. I enjoyed visiting your Etsy shop. Delightful little books and lovely journal.

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  15. I am always seeing the ways you use your art, now a jigsaw puzzle, so lovely.
    I should do more with my drawings. I might follow up the print of the turnip.
    Your hedgehog is wonderful, love all the curling leaves.

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  16. Wow, I have never heard about Whimsies and Wentworth puzzles.
    Combine that with your delightful hedgehog and I think we might have to purchase one for christmas.

    :)

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  17. I think this is a wonderful piece for a puzzle, might be a bit challenging. definitely full of whimsy. I will have to look into this.

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  18. OMG!!! That is absolutely adorable and beautiful....I love hedgehogs and you have captured the purity of these little creatures in a stunning way...well done Valerie!!

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  19. A lovely autumy illustration, and i can imagine it would be a perfect jigsaw. I like the idea of the "pieces" too, how unusual. Jigsaws remind me of childhood cosy evenings in front of the fire. Valerie, i shoulf like to include your work on my faerietale of inspirations site, is that okay with you? *ruthie*

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  20. I will be looking out for this puzzle it's lovely.

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  21. How lovely to have your picture made into a jigsaw. It's a gorgeous hedgehog!

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  22. Your art is exquisite Valerie! Congratulations! I know right where I'm going for to guy a few Christmas presents this year! (:

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  23. The hedgehog looks so real I had to peer closely to believe it was drawn or painted. You do lovely work!

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  24. Gorgeous! This is just too sweet. I do regret my children seem to grow out of jigsaws sooner than I remember we did. a sign of the times I guess.

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  25. Such a sweet hedgehog, that illustration is perfect for a jigsaw - all those leaves!

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  26. One of my close friends absolutely loves hedgehogs - I've forwarded your blog link to her. You know, I never connected "jigsaw" to puzzles either -

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  27. This is adorable! Do you think they sell them in the US too?

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  28. The little hedgehog is adorable. Thank you for sharing the link.

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  29. Congratulations Valerie! Love this... I've always loved hedgehogs (we don't have them where I now live.... I miss seeing them). Your painting is just beautiful.

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