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Fleecy Clean

What a great day to wash a fleece, in the last days of summer/ first days of autumn.  I think it hit 34 C, and our soft soggy fleece will be dry in no time…  Almost blinding in the afternoon sun..

drip drying in the sun

drip drying in the sun

We also turned our hand to some wet and dry felting… ( and finished a few more guinea pigs)… Thanks everyone for a colourful day full of sunshine.

Maddy's guinea pig hiding amongst the roving

Maddy’s guinea pig hiding amongst the roving

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Wonderful wool and fabulous felting

wet felted eggs with needle felted embellishments

wet felted eggs with needle felted embellishments

This Thursday 19th March we will be playing with wonderful wool as we wet felt, needle felt, wash and card some lovely floaty fleece to make all manner of things.  Feel free to join us for some or part of the day at Amelia’s house in Jenna drive, just across from school.

Easter Crafts

More rain, but some lovely crafts brightened up our day.  It was great to share some crafty company with kids, thanks to Kate and her two boys, and Cynthia and her two girls.  Surprise walnuts with ladybirds hidden inside and fabulous felted eggs were the order of the day.  Kate’s eldest boy was so helpful and a natural born felter! It is wonderful to see young children engage with what we do in their own special ways, and certainly helps to weave a little sunshine into everyone’s hearts.

wet felted eggs with needle felted embellishments

wet felted eggs with needle felted embellishments

If you want to see more of our crafts, or pick up a little special something before the holidays, drop in and see Wendy in the front office where a selection of our crafts are on sale and display.  Beautiful painted silk cards, nests of felted eggs, hand stitched chicks, surprise walnuts and wee felt mice are all available, but they won’t last long!

hollow felted egg with hand sewn chick

hollow felted egg with hand sewn chick

Happy holidays to all our crafty friends, look out for updates next term for another fun filled crafternoon (or morning) …

 

Farewell to Winter

Spring has in reality been pushing through early around here, but today marks the last official day of winter, so we bid farewell to Mr and Mrs Winter and look forward to the blossoming light filled days ahead.

Mr and Mrs Winter

Mr and Mrs Winter

Our Mr and Mrs Winter are needle felted from soft merino wool in it’s natural washed white, with accents from hints of pale dyed greens greys and blues.  Mr Winter’s hat is a clear blue of the winter sky, which has seen hardly any clouds this year.

Winter weather clear and bright

sun will shine with soft clear light

frozen fingers, frozen toes

I’ll think I’ll hurry out to play before the sunlight goes…..

-adapted from a children’s song we learnt in Norway

Wattle with your golden suns

underneath the spotted gums

warm our hearts till springtime comes

with it’s sunny hours……

– from a children’s song often heard being sung in our classrooms

Enjoy the sunshine weaving its way back into our days 🙂

 

 

Dragonfly toys

Spring is in the air, and Linda from dragonfly toys has donated some lovely shades of dyed carded wool perfect for some springtime projects.  How about a wonderful nest like the one below, craftily needle felted by Diane with a few freshly felted baby blue eggs from our new stash.

A felted bird's nest with sweet blue eggs.

A felted bird’s nest with sweet blue eggs.

Or did you notice the lovely water the mermaid was swimming in, and the sea blues and greens of her flowing hair?

Sea blues and greens of our mermaid craft.

Sea blues and greens of our mermaid craft.

 

A big THANK YOU to Linda and the Dragonfly team.  Their craft supplies and toys are wonderful and you can find them locally (to us) at Organic Feast on William St. East Maitland.

Dragonfly Toys - East Maitland, NSWDragonfly toys – keeping the magic of childhood alive…

 

 

Tiny Easter Eggs – a quick tutorial

We have been extra busy this week crafting some tiny easter eggs in time for Easter. Here is a quick mini tutorial for those who missed out and would like to try – they are so easy and addictive!

Firstly we wet felted some coloured sheepswool with a little warm water and detergent rolling it around in our hands until they made little balls.

wet felted balls

wet felted balls

 

Then we rolled them a little more just in the middle to make them egg shaped, and left them to dry.

a basket of felted egg shapes.

a basket of felted egg shapes.

Lastly we needle felted some with a little more embellishments to make extra special tiny easter treasures.  They are all about the size of a small solid chocolate egg.

Embellished eggs

Embellished eggs

All ready for a game of hide and seek, or a lovely treasure to gift to a special someone.  How about felting some of your own design this Easter?

If you are running out of time to make your own, you might like to buy one or two at the front office.  Just visit Wendy in the new improved school front office, and she will show you our craft display and items for sale.

Hoping for a little sunshine for the long weekend 🙂

 

Walnut Baby Tutorial

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Walnut baby necklace

How to make a walnut baby necklace. First split and clean out your walnut.  (you can do this by tapping all the way around the seam of a walnut over and over with a knife handle, back of a spoon or something similar until it falls in two)

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halve and clean a walnut

Step two: Take a length of ribbon long enough for the necklace and glue the centre of it to the inside of one half of the walnut near the flat end.

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Glue in the ribbon

Take a pinch of unspun wool and gently roll it into a soft ball shape.  Glue or press into the walnut half to make the bedding

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Press in a pinch of unspun wool

Cut a piece of felt about 5mm wider than the walnut shell to cover the bottom three quarters of the shell. Glue the  outside edge of the felt to the edge of the nutshell so it makes a pocket.

Glue on the felt to the  edges of the nutshell to from a pocket.

Glue on the felt to the edges of the nutshell to form a pocket.

To make the baby, take another pinch of unspun wool and twist the end between your fingers to make a point.

Thread this point through a small wooden bead and pull through.  The bead will be the head of the baby.

Pull some unspun wool through a bead.

Pull some unspun wool through a bead.

To secure the head, fold the wool back over the head and roll between your fingers or needle felt the wool together to form the body.

Fold wool ends over and felt together.

Fold wool ends over and felt together.

Needle felting to secure head and body.

Needle felting to secure head and body.

To make a cap, cut a triangle of felt that will wrap around the bead with one edge, and sew or glue up the other two sides of the triangle together.

For the hat fold a triangle of felt in half and sew up one edge

For the hat, fold a triangle of felt in half and sew up one edge

Finally, glue the hat to the bead head, and place the baby in the walnut shell cradle.

Glue the hat to the head, and the baby is ready to be placed in and out of the walnut cradle.

Glue the hat to the head, and the baby is ready to be placed in and out of the walnut cradle.

Give it to someone to treasure and play with.  A great pocket pal for trips out and about, and it comes with it’s own built in pocket!

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and it helps you weave a little sunshine for a special someone.

For more hints and tips visit us in the textiles and craft rooms of Linuwel school. Thursdays from 11.00 til 1.00.