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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Wet Felted Wool Ball Tutorial link (with videos) FREE on: September 27, 2008 07:39:02 PM

I made a couple of videos to show how I go about wet felting wool balls a while back (with needle felted embellishments too). I finally got around to featuring the sources, videos, and such on my blog. It took me a number of years and many many balls to fine-tune my approach, so I hope that it saves somebody else time and inspires folks in the process. I find that the wool balls are fantastic for gentle play with babies/young children and for indoor play without risk of breaking things. They're also 100% natural and much-loved in Waldorf and other nature-loving craft circles. Anyway, here's a link to the post:


2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Thrift store sweater + Wilton dyes = bargain handpainted yarn.... on: February 25, 2008 09:18:43 PM
In a fit of creative madness, I deconstructed this $3.99 Goodwill wool sweater

and broke out the Wilton dyes to create these four prrrrty skeins of yummy wooliness.

Step by step details and more photos on my blog (which I can't seem to hyperlink to) http://crunchyparent.com/?p=218 . I can't wait to knit these up (colors more vibrant IRL and so lovely).
3  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Free Video Tutorial-wet felting wool soap on: January 05, 2008 09:04:59 PM
So, I'm on a bit of a crusade to make natural, simple crafting more accessible to people. To that end, I've been trying to put a lot of crafting resource and tutorial posts on my blog. I took an additional leap tonight and put a free "how to" video tutorial of me wet felting wool soap on YouTube. I also put it as a post on my blog with notes and tips, and resource links here http://crunchyparent.com/?p=201.

I intend to do other video tutorials in the near future for felted wool crafts and other things (if I can generate ideas for quick and fun crafts). I'd love to get your feedback or suggestions for other tutorials, and I just wanted to make it known that the video is out there as a free resource (the only other felt soap tutorial on YouTube was in Japanese). 

4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle Felted Gnome Play Land (latest FO) on: January 04, 2008 06:57:11 PM
DD was invited to a birthday party for a little girl from her Waldorf preschool. We didn't get much advance notice with the invite so I couldn't order anything online and TRU doesn't really have much to offer in the natural playthings genre, so it was time to break out some wool and my needles and create a little play mat complete with two cute gnomes. The mat is about 7"x12" and the gnomes are each about 2" tall including their hats. The log, gnomes, and boat can all be moved about. The boat is the only thing that is not wool (it's a nut shell with a muslin sail). I hope that she likes it.

ETA: I started it on Wed. and finished it on Thur. The party is tomorrow.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt spaghetti & meatballs (pic) & great resource for tons 'o play food delights on: December 22, 2007 03:29:05 PM
I had to de-lurk to post my most recent (and totally easy) crafty creation. I'm trying to overhaul my girls' play kitchen with handcrafted all-natural items (I'm just too spooked by the Made in China food in there now). So, the other day I grabbed an old holey wool sweater and some wool batting. Felted the sweater and sliced away. Wet felted some balls, and voila! spaghetti and meatballs (hope the photo works)

I gave slightly more specific instructions on my blog here. I also ran with the inspiration and tried to make a useful resource there that lists a lot of free patterns, tutorials, craft supply resources, and whatnot for making play food. I hope that this helps somebody and inspires them as I am always inspired when I spend time here.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Bargain Shopping for Thrift Stores? on: December 22, 2007 03:10:26 PM
I do most of my crafty thrift shopping at the "big name" stores like Goodwill. Should I be searching out smaller stores for better prices?
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / Where To Find Things To Recycle / Wool sweaters on: December 22, 2007 03:08:53 PM
Other than cruising the thrift store, what might be the best way to find wool sweaters to use in crafting? I'll probably felt most of them for projects, but I may also look to unravel some to reuse the yarn. Also, might prices be less at the thrift in summer, or will they just have fewer to select from then?
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