Crafting homes for gentle folk, with all their unique embellishments and whimsy is a lovely way to spend the afternoon. No two turn out the same. For a simple house, take a rectangle of felt and cut a door hole and maybe a window, and embellish with flowers, vines, birds, snails, curtains, whatever takes your fancy…and sew your rectangle sides together to make into an open cylinder. (HINT sew a flat seam, or it won’t hold it’s roundness well). Add a cone shaped roof on one end (cut from 1/3rd of a circle straight edges sewn together) and sew a thick circle of felt on the bottom (or two thinner pieces together). You may like to add a loop to hang it from a tree branch, or leave it as is for the gentle folk to move in right away.
a wee little house for wee little folk
We made our trees from two circles of felt, hand sewed on details like fruit or flowers, then sewed them together, lightly stuffed and glued to a piece of dowel in a wooden thread spool. Tree inspiration from the wonderful work of Alison at Rumplefeltskin.
We made some rustic heart ornaments from a felted red jumper to cheer up a corner or hang on a tree. The designs are endless once you start…
Step 1 Find an old woollen red jumper that is no longer being worn
Step 2 Wash it in the washing machine with other red clothes on a hot cycle, then again in a cold cycle load
Step 3 Dry in a clothes dryer to speed up felting, or wash a few more times and hang out to dry
Step 4 Cut out two matching heart shapes
Step 5 Embellish with stitches or knots in a contrasting colour cotton thread
Step 6 Sew together with contrasting thread using blanket stitch until almost all the way around
Step 7 Stuff with a small amount of left over wool scraps or carded fleece
Step 8 Finish sewing together and draw thread through the heart shape to cut off
Step 9 Use a fingerknitted, crocheted or twisted loop of wool or cotton to sew on a loop to hang your heart.
Step 10 Hang up and admire your handywork!
A whole term has gone by in a blur, and our crafting numbers were somewhat depleted as we nursed children through chicken pox, ourselves through flu, house movings, job changes and various other adventures.
Here is a quick catch up of the crafts we did manage through the winter months
we wet felted tea cosies
with wonderfully colourful cosy results
We knitted wee rabbits and sewed up a few other woolly creations…
knitted bunnies from a square, knitted horse and gnome
Some gumnut babies sleeping in their gumleaves made an appearance…
And we even managed to help some classes dip rainbow candles before winter camp…
Dipped beeswax rainbow candles, and rolled beeswax candles
Thankyou to everyone who helped us keep the crafting flame alive last term. Here’s hoping this term is easier to keep weaving our crafting sunshine.