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
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
mermaids and pearl babies
Chalk eggs for footpath writing
Parents can buy their children 11 tokens for $10 to spend at stalls at the fair, our craft stall makes sure to include a Table of Children’s Delights, should they wish to spend some at the Sunshine Weavers stall. And the sun was out in full force on fair day…
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
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
Happy holidays to all our crafty friends, look out for updates next term for another fun filled crafternoon (or morning) …
Don’t be fooled! A day pouring with rain is a wonderful day to brave the weather and join us in a cosy corner of the school craft room to enjoy some creativity in great company. A huge thankyou to Kate for braving the weather even though she only had an hour to spare, and whipping up a mouse or two for preschool and kindy, and the amazing Amelia whose stitches look like they could have been made by the mice themselves.
Mice in the making
We have two kits complete with felt, thread, stuffing, needle and instructions made up for anyone who missed out and would like to have a try at home, they are quite simple and satisfying and little hands love to play with them! Leave a comment below letting me know if you are interested, or ask me at school. First in best dressed.
Mummy possum and her baby
These cheeky possums are on their way to preschool, to share in some of Lauren’s enchanting possum tales. The pattern was adapted from a basic bunny one, as I couldn’t find an Aussie possum one easily online. Jill and Amelia helped to perfect it, and we are pretty happy with the result.
Their curly ring tails have a wool wrapped pipecleaner inside for support
If you would like to make your own, you can ask me for a copy of the pattern at the next Sunshine Weavers craft day, or if you leave a comment below, I am happy to scan and email one to you.
Give me a home among the gum trees…
Our next crafting day will be at the school craft room and preschool garden at
9.00am on Friday 28th February
and we will be revisiting some basic stitches and techniques making wee felt mice and cheeky chicks. If you would like to take one home, we ask for a gold coin donation to cover materials, or you can just make one (or two or three…) for the school classes and fair.
Hope to see you there to weave a little crafting sunshine in your life.
The dolphin in kindergarten had been loved to threadbare, and there wasn’t even enough room to darn a patch or two and save his sleek form from bursting. He has been carefully recovered and is swimming his way back to kindy on Monday. We hope his double layer of felt keeps him warm in the water and ship shape for many adventures to come.
felt dolphin all ready to return to kindy.
Sailing on the sparkling sea
Cresting waves so blue
little walnut boats go by
as clouds go scudding through
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 small rectangle of paper
(roughly as long as your toothpick and half as wide)
two small beads that JUST fit the toothpick
(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.