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Tiny Treasures- Felt Painting Boards and Giveaway

Felt Painting Boards are the fifth project in a seasonal series of  little, quick-to-make gifts we so often need for the holidays. For planned or last minute occasions, for tooth fairies, pocket ladies, and winter fairs; for classmates, neighbour’s and host’s children; for advent calenders and stockings! Tiny treasures that can be made with a small amount of materials and a small amount of time- 20 minutes or less!

Painting with wool roving is such a warm, tactile and pleasing craft. Washes of color or detailed images- they all look lovely made with wool. And, most importantly, they can be changed at any time to become a whole new “painting”.  These little kits make fantastic creative gifts, not only for children! Make the felt board on a log cut, as we have, or on a piece of  finished wood, include a little pouch of colored wool, and the wool painting can start! We’ve included instructions below on making a simple tree image. It can be helpful to show children how to make an image first, to develop a hand and head understanding of how to use the materials….how to build up a picture, enjoy it, and then take it apart and make another!

Materials:

a log slice or piece of finished wood, about 5 inches in diameter or a 5 inch square. Log slices can often be obtained from craft supply shops. If you are cutting your own, make sure the wood is dry.

5″ x 5″ piece of wool felt.  A fluffy felt works especially well as a background to hold the paintings in place. A piece of felted blanket or sweater would work well, or National Non-Wovens wool felt in white dyed using this method.  All felt will work for this though!

small amounts in a rainbow of wool roving/batting colors

tiny twigs

wood glue

Cut a piece of wool felt to fit on the wooden base. Cut to a size so there is a nice wooden frame left visible around the wool felt.

Apply glue well over the entire back of the wool felt piece. Glue onto the wooden base. You may want to weight down the wool felt while it dries to get the best adhesion to the wood.

To make the wool tree painting:

First we need to lay down some earth for the tree to put down it’s roots and grow…

This step sets up the basic painting with wool technique- Use only very small wisps of wool. Hold down one side and draw or paint the wool out, pulling it where you want it to be on your board.

Push your twig tree trunk a little way into the earth, and roll a little on the felt base to hold it in place.

Paint the branches on your tree.  Hold the green woolly wisp at the top of the tree trunk and pull the wool out into boughs.  Add a few on each side and down the trunk.

We can make some decorations for our tree by using just a few wool fibers and rolling them into a ball between thumb and forefinger.  Drop them randomly onto the tree.

If it’s going to snow in your picture, pull out small white wool wisps of snow and have them fall in drifts across the ground and on a few boughs. When the snow melts and the holidays are over, the snow and decorations can be taken off the tree.

Or maybe the whole tree will come off and the wool and twig be made into something completely different.  Here are some ideas:

These wool paintings can be hung on a wall, displayed on a table or mantlepiece, or hung on your tree. It can be changed through the day or the year to create new seasonal pictures. Ideal for travelling, during appointments, or family gatherings.

You can read more about painting with wool in Living Crafts- Fall 2008.

Watch for more in our Tiny Treasures series- we’ll be featuring at least one new tutorial each week until Christmas,  including wooden castle blocks, and poppy pod people, plus other small and simple natural gift making inspirations.

Enjoy our earlier tutorials in this series:  Tiny Toadstools, Rainbow Rocks, Frost Gnomes and  Pinecone Gnomes.

Giveaway

National Non-Wovens has generously offered a wool felt assortment pack for the lucky winner! Their gift includes a collection of gorgeous colors in 100% wool felt sheets!

Please leave a comment on this post by Thursday, December 15 for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway.

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Fiona Duthie

Fiona Duthie is a regular contributor to Living Crafts.

In her studio on Salt Spring Island, BC, she creates in a bountiful beauty of color, wool, and texture, inspired by the natural world. Fiona designs fine feltwork, felting and knitting patterns, gives workshops in natural craft, and runs her hand dyed, artisan fibre company, Kattikloo. You can read more about her fibers, projects and creative living at www.kattikloo.com and on Facebook.

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Dec 11, 2011 09:47 PM | 397 Comments

Tiny Treasures- Frost Gnomes and Giveaway

Frost Gnomes are the third project in a seasonal series of  little, quick-to-make gifts we so often need for the holidays. For planned or last minute occasions, for tooth fairies, pocket ladies, and winter fairs; for classmates, neighbour’s and host’s children; for advent calenders and stockings! Tiny treasures that can be made with a small amount of materials and a small amount of time- 20 minutes or less!

We love making these tiny frost gnomes, to adorn a gift, slip into a stocking or even hide in the forest or garden for someone small to find. They are made in icy, crystal colors of wool felt, and have a Swarovski crystal atop their cap. They fit happily in a pocket or purse and are lovely for little stories in the car, in line at the grocery store, or on holiday visits.

Materials:

small amounts of wool felt in icy colors. Shown here are pastel blue, lavender, lilac and ecru, all from BearDance Crafts.

wooden peg person 1 11/16″ tall x 5/8″ base, available at Stockade, Woodworks Ltd., Caseys Wood Products, or most local craft stores.

sewing needle and threads to match felt

glue

a small length of mohair yarn (about 16 inches) or wool locks

optional: Swarovski crystal or glittery crystal bead

Frost Gnome Pattern Pieces

Apply a small amount of glue over the body. Wrap the tunic around the body and sew up the back of the tunic using whip or blanket stitch. Sew around the neck of the tunic using running stitch. Pull tight to gather the tunic around the neck.

Sew across the top of the cape using running stitch. Leave long ends on both sides to tie the cape securely around the neck.

Apply glue around the back of the head and a little under the chin. Wrap the mohair yarn around the head- higher at the back and under the chin at the front.

Sew the crystal or bead to the tip of the hat. Fold the hat in half and sew up the back using blanket stitch.

Apply a ring of glue around the inside rim of the hat. Slip the hat onto the Frost Gnome’s head until it is in just the right position. If he gets any glue on his face, gently wash it off before it dries. A clean frost gnome is a happy frost gnome!  Allow the glue to dry for at least one hour (ideally 6-12 hours) before play.

Watch for more in our Tiny Treasures series- we’ll be featuring at least one new tutorial each week until Christmas,  including wooden castle blocks, wool painting boards, and poppy pod people, plus other small and simple natural gift making inspirations.

Enjoy our earlier tutorials in this series:  Tiny Toadstools, Rainbow Rocks

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Bear Dance Crafts is giving away a collection of 5 holiday craft kits from Atelier Pippilotta to one lucky Living Crafts blog visitor.
Included in the giveaway are the kits: Little Star Child, Three Little Angels, Little Winter Hut, Three Holly Children and Three Little Light Bearer’s.

These are such sweet kits- to make yourself for your loved ones, or as a perfect crafty gift for a creative friend.
Please leave a comment by Thursday, December 8th, sharing your favorite holiday decoration, to be entered in the draw.

Use the comments section below the full tutorial post, rather than the individual picture of the giveaway- Thanks, and Good Luck!

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Fiona Duthie

Fiona Duthie is a regular contributor to Living Crafts.

In her studio on Salt Spring Island, BC, she creates in a bountiful beauty of color, wool, and texture, inspired by the natural world. Fiona designs fine feltwork, felting and knitting patterns, gives workshops in natural craft, and runs her hand dyed, artisan fibre company, Kattikloo. You can read more about her fibers, projects and creative living at www.kattikloo.com and on Facebook.

Posted by Fiona Duthie on Dec 5, 2011 12:48 PM | 247 Comments

Happy New Year!

Here’s some news: We have many posts and giveaways coming your way soon, and a knitted gnome hat photo contest! Those of you who’ve knitted the 2009 Fall Issue gnome hat please have your photos ready, and enter the drawing when it’s up! Those of you who did not knit it yet, go ahead and do so – you have time until February 7th. If you win, you’ll have a $100 shopping spree at a yarn website! The upcoming giveaways include a wool and ArtFelt materials worth $250, an art set including 36 Lyra pencils and accessories and pencil holder, felt package, fiber dyes in every color imaginable, and the list goes on and on! A huge 3-5 day tutorial coming up on making your own yardage fabric, and Fiona Duthie has provided me with the popular hat pattern on our first post, in BABY size.

Stay tuned.

Blessings,

Pardis

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 5, 2011 06:36 AM | 9 Comments

Book Review – Diagonal Knitting

This grand book, rich with content and visuals, reviewed in our Winter 2011 issue currently on sale, is one of the most important knitting books of the decade. Here’s the review, excerpted from the same issue:

Diagonal Knitting: A Different Slant (Schoolhouse Press)
by Katharine Cobey

In the old days books were published when someone had something really important to say, something with a purpose that could shake things up. This treasure of a book goes beyond patterns. It is a work of art. It explores diagonal knitting from the core, with beautiful photography and illustrations on every page. With great technique, rich history, and visuals, this book is sure to become an American classic. It is a unique textbook with a purpose, making you wish it was printed in hard cover.

Here are some photos from the book:

Spiral Dress

This is one of my favorite photos, Katharine Cobey modeling her own creation


Also, click here for an in-depth review of the book, along with a bio on Katherine Cobey, by Knitter’s Review.

Please leave a comment here to enter drawing. Comments will close Monday, January 3rd, 8:00 p.m. EST and the winner announced the following morning.

Happy New Year!

Update: The winner is Kathy and her comment follows:

I have been knitting for 50 years and would love a book like this! It is a “WOW”!

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 31, 2010 12:33 PM | 98 Comments

Book Review – Wee Wonderfuls

Wee Wonderfuls
This wonderful book, mentioned in our December 21st blog post, called It’s Nutcracker Season, was reviewed in the Fall 2010 issue of Living Crafts. Here’s the review, excerpted from the same issue:

Wee Wonderfuls
24 Dolls to Sew and Love

By Hillary Lang
(Stewart, Tabori & Chang)
The dolls and animals in this book are very unique. The author lovingly names each of her creations and offers several different original styles all in one book. Refreshing and ultra charming, this one is a keeper and well worth the investment.

Here’s a video on the book:

Please leave a comment here to enter the drawing. Comments will close Thursday, December 30th, 8:00 p.m. EST and the winner announced the following morning.

Update: The winner for the Wee Wonderful book is Tracy Lanzon-Holman:  ”Thanks for offering this book! Hope helpful this would be to my creating. What a wonderful commnity that has developed from your magazine.  Tracy from Guelph, Ontario, Canada”

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 27, 2010 10:09 PM | 200 Comments

Wee Folk Art – The Mitten

The lovely folks at the Wee Folk Art are giving away 5 years of Living Crafts magazine starting today! The giveaway includes 3 years of back issues, along with a 2-year subscription which starts with the current Winter 2011 issue, featuring their own article. The mother-daughter duo’s article includes a complete tutorial for a beautiful hand-sewn felt mitten and a set of woodland animals, exclusively designed for Living Crafts, based on the children’s classic fairytale, The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt.

Please visit Wee Folk Art blog and leave a comment to enter, until Monday, December 20, 9:00 p.m. EST.

Once you make the wooden animals from this article, you’ll be ready to make any wooden figures for your children. Here are some of the photos from their project:

Mitten

Lacing the mitten

The finished mitten

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 18, 2010 07:29 AM | 137 Comments

Spud & Chloe Giveaway

Today’s giveaway is a sweater kit from Spud & Chloe. You’ll receive the instructions, and enough yarn to make a sweater for your tween!

BeTween Cardigan, sized for tween girls: Teen Extra Small (Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large) to fit 23 (26, 30, 33, 35)”. There is enough yarn to create up to the size Large in the color shown on the pattern:  Spud & Chloë Sweater, Moonlight #7507.

To enter, please leave a comment on this post. Comments will close on Saturday, December 18th, by 8am EST.  Winners will be announced here in this post by end of day on Saturday.

Update: The winner of the giveaway is Kassia: “What a cute sweater!”

Posted by Living Crafts on Dec 16, 2010 10:26 AM | 129 Comments























  




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