Entries in Wollfilz (31)
It is a tradition in our family that every Easter I make my daughter, Coco, a special holiday gift. From the stuffed bunny of her infancy to the still beloved Bag of Beans from a few years ago, the challenge for me lies not only in coming up with something different year after year, but also in making her something fun and cheerful without stepping over the line into saccharin.
While I admittedly have a reputation for getting more excited than the average person about things made entirely in shades of ecru, I do get equally excited about bright pops of color accenting these neutral fields. And so it's no surprise, to me at least, that I decided to make this super simple Easter Basket out of creamy white 100% Wool Felt with a burst of lively stitching around its rim.
I was amazed at how beautifully the thick 5mm Felt stitched together. So soft and pliable, I felt like I was shaping a clay vessel. And even the finished basket looks like a ceramic sculpture... until you touch it and feel just how soft it is!
The grass inside is also wool felt and makes the perfect bed for painted eggs. For these photos, I couldn't resist filling the baskets with subtle Araucana eggs, but I can also happily picture the wee hours of Easter morning when Coco first spots her Felt Easter Basket spilling over with the colorful treats of the day!
As I was making these sweet bunny hand puppets I realized that my attachment to them had grown beyond my usual care and attention and had blossomed into full blown love! They just seem to have such personalities! I found myself getting a little carried away, actually naming each one and fabricating little story lines about them. (Maybe I need to get out more!)
But enough about my eccentricities, let me introduce to you (clockwise from top left): Daffodil, Daisy, Marigold, Peppermint, Pansy, Petunia, Carrot, and Sunny, my Bunny Hand Puppets! Won’t they look great in your Easter basket?
These puppets are sewn from durable, soft 100% wool felt in ecru, accented by a vibrant Dahlia Bundle. They are so simple to sew that they're the perfect project to make with a child who is just learning. Their bright colors and happy smiles make them extra fun to construct and to play with once they’re finished!
Ps- These puppets were partially inspired by my earlier Bunny Finger Puppets, which you can find here!
One of my very first sewing projects was a heart-shaped Valentine's Day pillow. Under the fearless tutelage of my kindergarten teachers Pat and Dot, I first sewed together two pieces of bright red flannel. Then, with my shakey five-year-old handwriting, I embroidered "I Love You" in thick white wool. We all took our time using blunt needles to spell out those three little words, and I remember feeling so proud when I presented it to my mom.
This year I'm revisiting that homey, straight-from-the-heart kind of Valentine gift with these hand stitched little Felt Candy Hearts. They're great for storing candy, notes and trinkets and are truly as easy as pie to sew. I love to think of the happy pride kids will have when they bring to school their very own sewn-with-care Felt Candy Hearts. I remember that feeling well!
PS: For more speedy to sew felt Valentine's project ideas please check out the following journals (listed clockwise from top left):
Happy Valentine's Day!
We are so excited to announce that both of Joelle Hoverson’s Last Minute Knitted Gifts books have become available in ebook form! Additionally the folks behind Joelle's books, Open Road Media and STC Craft Melanie Falick Books, have released a whole library of great crafting books in the e-book format including:
- Knitalong by Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown
- Knitting for Peace by Betty Christiansen
- A Knitter's Home Companion by Michelle Edwards
- Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick
- Knitspeak by Andrea Berman Price
- One More Skein by Leigh Radford
Check out Open Road Media's behind-the-scenes interview with Joelle. Hear her insights on the culture and craft of knitting, and get inspired below:
In celebration of this e-book excitement we created a whole family of beautiful Felt Tech Cases for every kind of digital reader, notebook computer and phone! These two-toned cases are designed to custom fit the square or rectangular device of your choosing: iPhone, Droid, Kindle, you name it… Made with 100% wool felt, these cases are a breeze to make and joy to use!