A Steiner School Parent Craft Group

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Easter treasures

Are you hunting for some non-chocolate goodies for the holidays? Come into the school front office and see what treasures are on offer from the parent craft group.  We have lovely felted eggs, rainbow ribbon streamers perfect for dancing through the garden, and chalk eggs to brighten a footpath or two…

Chalk eggs for footpath writing

Chalk eggs for footpath writing

finely felted eggs

finely felted eggs

 

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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.

Bean bags and shooting stars

A very small group of four this week, and yet we managed to make 25 new bean bags for the kindergarten, and a dozen shooting stars for the fair.  Thankyou wonderful ladies with nimble fingers!!

A basket full of beanbags for kindergarten

A little secret – our bean bags are filled with rice and a handful of dried mint leaves, not beans, to minimise the risk of being eaten by nibbling mice.  Of course packing them away securely in a tin or lidded container when not in use is the best prevention.

Beanbags are great for body orientation, with rhymes to guide them over, under, round and through, crossing mid-lines, encouraging nimble fingers and quick reflexes, and they are so much fun!!

Throwing a beanbag to a partner is great fun too.  Shooting star or metor bean bags with a ribbon tail are great to encourage throwing in a curving rainbow.  Can you catch the front? can you catch the tail?  Watch the ribbons fly!

Shooting star beanbags

Autumn is fast approaching and a great time to look for shooting stars in the sky on a clear night.  You could wish upon a star!

Join us next week for some fun sewing felt dragons and seahorses.  Happy Crafting.