A Steiner School Parent Craft Group

Archive for May, 2012

Horsing around

We have been polishing up our crochet skills this week, and even those who have never tried before have made some wonderful childrens play horse reins for the school fair.  In kindergarten or preschool you can sometimes hear the jingling bells of the message pony as a pair of children chosen by the teacher gallop around the garden telling those at play it is time to come in.  (a rough tutorial can be found if you click here)

Rein play is great for learning to work together, to be gentle but firm enough, pacing yourself to someone else, being mindful of those in front and behind, coordination of running, galloping, trotting,  ….. the list seems endless ….. and really  just plain fun!

It is difficult getting a still shot of reins in play, they just have to be jiggled and jingled, and even older siblings can be counted on to join the fun, to the joy of younger ones who can’t quite believe they get to be in control for once!  Stillness does not seem to be an option!

This week we will be at just around the corner from school at someones house for wet felting tea cosies.  Email or leave a comment for further details.  Happy Crafting!

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Fabulous Friday Felting

We are back from our long Easter holiday break, and are ready to challenge our hearts heads and hands at some new crafts.

Needle felted root children (and hand sewn wombat from felted scarf)

After admiring Marie’s amazing felt creations up close, and reading the instructions she so generously provided, our craft group embarked on creating a little of our own felted magic.

Needle felted pumpkins (Softearth pumpkin on right)

We started small with root babies and slowly worked up our way to pumpkins, mushroom children, and even an Australian Tree Fern version of marie’s wonderful Koru maiden.

Needle felted mushroom children ( Softearth one on left)

Tree Fern maiden on left, Koru maiden on right

After more pouring over instructions and some inspiration from this no longer active but inspirational blog  and this magic gem of a NZ childhood blog.  We bravely attempted some angels and faeiries.

We can’t thank Marie from Softearthart enough for sharing her talents with us and making it so much easier to try some new things with the finished articles in front of us to hold and touch.  Please visit her etsy shop and blog to see some incredible felt creations.