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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

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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.

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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

 

 

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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.

Treasure Boxes & Silk Sewing

It was a double week this week, with crafting on Thursday and Friday.  Thursday saw us busily drafting the first two prototype eurythmy silks, with nervous hands cutting and guiding the slippery silk through the machines.

baby bunting in a walnut necklace pouch

baby bunting in a walnut necklace pouch

Friday was a day to let our hair down and get those creative ideas flowing at Jill’s place. Thanks Jill!  Treasures of all kinds were made to fit snuggly into recycled wedding boxes.  Here is just a sample of what we crafted.

Felt flower hair bands

Felt flower hair bands

Fabulous felted bunnies and little toadstool scenes

Fabulous felted bunnies and little toadstool scenes

and little hooded hazelnut gnomes

and little hooded hazelnut gnomes

More little crafts and digit dolls are planned for this Thursday as well as our machine sewing. We would love for you to join us.  If you would like to take one home to do, drop in to collect supplies from 11.00 – 1.00 this Thursday in the new and improved stables.  Or even just join us for a quick cuppa and a stickybeak.

Come and weave a little sunshine in your life.