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Walnut boats

Sailing on the sparkling sea
Cresting waves so blue
little walnut boats go by
as clouds go scudding through

little walnut boats

little walnut boats

Our little boats are very simply made, and they float very well indeed in bathtub, sink or pond.

Materials:- a half walnut shell
a toothpick
a small rectangle of paper
(roughly as long as your toothpick and half as wide)
two small beads that JUST fit the toothpick
melted beeswax
(we melt ours in an old rice cooker but melting it in an old
double boiler or tin can in a hot water bath works well too.)

Fill the half walnut shell with melted beeswax. (Resting it in an egg carton keeps it upright) Poke your toothpick through each end of the paper and push the beads on top and bottom to keep it in a billowed out shape. Dip your toothpick sail into some melted beeswax and tap off any extra drips. This keeps your sail sturdy and waterproof. When the wax in the walnut shell starts to cool and solidify, push the toothpick into the still soft wax and let cool completely. Then you are ready to set sail.
Hope this brings a little sunshine to your day.


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 🙂


Tutorial – Felt Flower Hair Bands

felt flower hair ties

felt flower hair ties

Here is a very simple craft with beautiful results.

You will need :

small scraps of felt in the flower colour of your choice

small scraps of green felt for the leaves

soft elastic hair ties

small beads

needle and thread

small sharp scissors


The first step is to cut two flower shapes, one slightly larger than the other and some leaf shapes out of your felt scraps. Using small sharp scissors like nail scissors can make this step easier

Draw the thread up through the hair eleastic and all the felt layers,then the bead,

Draw the thread up through the hair eleastic and all the felt layers,then the bead,

Knotting the end of your thread, sew up through the hair eleastic, then the leaves, larger flower, smaller flower, and finally a small bead.

sew back through down to the hair elastic in almost the same spot, and repeat, up and down a few times to secure all the pieces together.


Flower hair tie from the back

Finish off by securing your thread in a hidden spot at the back of the flower with some small stitches in the one spot.  Inside the curl of the hair elastic works well, or on the felt leaves close to your other through stitches.

Snip off your thread and you are done.

You could just make one for a lovely ponytail accessory, or make matching or complementing colour sets to use for pigtails, or plaits.

So many fun possibilities for such a quick little craft.

Have fun weaving a little sunshine in your life this week.

A pair of flower hair ties in complementing colours

A  finished pair of flower hair ties in complementing colours



Walnut Baby Tutorial


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)


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.


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


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.

A home for gentle folk

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.

Happy crafting

Have a Heart

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…

Heart Ornaments

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!

Heart love