March 31, 2009
It's been a busy month of crafting around here. I know that soon the activities will move outdoors (not today though, it's rainy, cold, gray & blah) so it was good for the children to spend this last month of winter felting, stitching, painting and sculpting.
I'm always so proud of what my children create and I love to share their creations here but I thought I should also include a quick how-to in case you wanted to join in on the fun.
Supplies: The only thing you need to do this activity is wool rovings. We were lucky enough to get some at the fiber farm we visited on Maine Maple Sunday.
From what I can tell (and I'm no fiber artist) rovings are balls of wool that have been carded but not yet spun into yarn. They are soft & fluffy but have some length because of being carded. (Please someone correct me if I'm wrong). Unfortunately I didn't take photos of the rovings before we started the project but you can see photos and order rovings here & here. Or even better, find a local fiber farm and buy some there.
Each kiddo bought 3 little colored balls, or I should say Nana did since she was visiting at the time. Unwound, our "balls" were about 2 feet long. Come to think of it this would be a great little birthday craft/activity. The kids could make the snakes and, if they were washed quick enough, take them home instead of the usual throw-away-junk-toy goodie bags.
My kiddos loved this because it was a quick craft with a nice result. I liked it because it used natural materials (no hot glue or googlely eyes) and was a hands-on fiber art experience. To take this craft further you could check out these books. I read both to my kiddos last year when we participated in a wool carding field trip with homeschool friends. Yes, homeschooling really is this fun!
If you decide to try making felted snakes or any other felted craft please share it with us. And now for our other projects this month:
The girl not only knits she sews (I'm beaming). Celine designed & sewed this bag for her knitting projects. Currently a pair of fire engine red wrist warmers.
For Laurent's birthday we planned to paint pottery at one of those pottery painting places (you know what I mean). But then he burned his hand so we rescheduled for March. Perfect timing really. Spending March days creating is a grand use of a mostly cold, snowy, muddy & windy month.
I even got in on the action and painted myself a cheery mug.
A month of creating, dreaming & sharing.
What has your family been making this month?
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