How to Make Toy Horse Reins (Children’s toy)

Posted under Felt and Felting, Toys and Toy shops

6May
how to make toy horse reins

How to make Toy Horse Reins using fingerknitting and a piece of handmade felt!   Over the years, the horse reins from felt and fingerknitting have proved to be a big favourite with children and adults alike.  They are super simple, yet really effective, and are often the first ‘toy’ that a mother makes for her child with her own hand.  It…

How To Make A Felt Ball- Quick and Easy

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16Oct
how to make a felt ball

How To Make A Felt Ball- Quick and Easy How-To   Making felt balls is lots of fun. There is water, and fleece, and soapy bubbles, and mess, and splashes. What’s not to love? You can use felt balls for lots of things. Felt ball necklaces for kids and adults, felt ball bracelets, felt ball dolls, felt ball rugs (oh,…

How to make a simple doll from a circle of handmade felt

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11Oct
how to make a simple doll from a circle of handmade felt

How to make a simple doll from a circle of handmade felt No. 17 in the 30 Days of Dolls series: There are so many fun things you can do with a piece of handmade felt- horse reins, candle holders, felt bowls , and of course, storytelling landscape mats for children to use in play, are just a few of the things in my…

Craft projects: Make your own wet felting story landscape mat

Posted under E-books, Felt and Felting

28May
craft projects wet felting storymat

Are you looking for new craft projects? You might like this. For years now, I’ve been playing with the art of wet felting. One of my favourite things to make with wet-felting is a story landscape mat. These wet felting mats can be used as a simple (or not-so-simple!) foundation for mums, dads, or teachers to begin their storytelling adventures,…

Make a Felt Bowl: a how-to tutorial, Part One

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27Nov

To make the bowl, we first need to make a circle of felt. The great thing about this project is that your felt doesn’t need to be absolutely perfectly round. It’s a great one for children to do as it is quick and easy too. Here my 12-year old neighbour Holly is my trusty assistant. She is making a white…

Make a felt rope: A how-to tutorial

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26Nov

Felt ropes are such fun! Children LOVE to roll them, getting all soapy and sudsy and wet. They also love making necklaces, snakes and bracelets with them or just playing with them too. It’s a great sunny day activity. All you need is some lengths of dry coloured fleece about 50cm long, and a bucket of soapy water. If I’m…

How to make a handmade felted Christmas candle holder

Posted under Christmas, Felt and Felting

2Nov

I love red. I love red and white. Don’t you? They are just so magnificent together. This simple candle holder would make a great centrepiece for the Christmas Day table, don’t you think? It is an easy craft and not at all ‘precious’. This candle holder was designed by one of my best friends in the whole world, Jen McCormack,of…

Felt Storymat Examples

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21Nov

Tamar made a lovely vertical playmat. Steph made a nature mat for her son for Christmas, complete with golden path, rock lined pond and a vegie patch.  Steph is going to continue embellishing this with needle felting. Lara’s toadstool house was loved by all. And Afra and her two little ones made their Advent spiral, also to be embellished with…

Felting with young children

Posted under Felt and Felting

7Jun

  For the past month, we have been taking turns to felt a breast plate to add to our lengths of fingerknitting for our own set of Horse reins. We will use these in a lively game, then they will be taken home to be enjoyed by all the children and their siblings. Felting is an activity that can be practiced at…

How to card wool with children

Posted under Wool and Fleece

23May

There’s a step between a shearer shearing a sheep’s coat of wool, and holding a ball of wool in your hand that is often overlooked.  It is the process of ‘carding’.  This is simply brushing the clean fleece so that all the fibres run in one direction.  In modern times, this work is done by a machine but in the…