Books

The Book Nook


As many of you know, Michelle has closed down her homeschooling blog. With the demands of homeschooling, Wee Folk Art, and other creative projects we are involved in, Michelle has felt like she was spreading herself too thin. This made many people very sad :( Michelle had tons of great activities and projects she did with her children, plus some phenomenal units. So, for those of you that followed her, take heart. Many of her activities are very appropriate to Wee Folk Art. Because of that, you can expect to see some new additions around here.

For quite a while now we've talked about starting a Book Nook. I wanted a place to share some of our favorite books, from my childhood, my children's, and now, the grandbabies. So, from time to time we will feature a book. Sometimes, we might simply review a book we like. We might have anecdotal stories to share, there might be a craft or activity to do to enhance the reading experience. And sometimes, we will put together "baskets of books". These would be a collection of books on a particular topic, that we are using. They may not be individually discussed, but rather, simply shared.

We hope you will find this new corner of Wee Folk Art to be delightful, inspiring, or just fun! For our very first offering, I'm going to share my very favoritest book from my childhood, along with a special project. Hopefully it will be up tomorrow. We are very excited about this and we hope it becomes a favorite spot for your family.

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Koala Marsupial Bookmark ;)

We receive the most wonderful emails from our readers. Some are questions, some are suggestions, some are heart touching stories that fill our eyes with tears and our hearts with love, and some, like this one, are informative, and at the same time make us giggle. I asked Di if she would mind if I shared her email with our readers. She graciously agreed.

Hi you wonderful people, creators of such fun objects of craft to make.

I have only one small beef with your website and that is that you called our Koala a bear. I have to say that it is not a bear in any sense because it is a marsupial which carries it babies in a pouch.

Please see the bit of info about the Koala – it is a really cute animal and I had one in my gum tree in my backyard about 10 years ago until the tree it was living in had to be cut down because it was dying and rotten inside. The Koala was relocated by the local ranger to another area with healthy trees.

What is a koala?

The koala is a small bear-like, tree-dwelling, herbivorous marsupial which averages about 9kg (20lb) in weight. Its fur is thick and usually ash grey with a tinge of brown in places.

The koala gets its name from an ancient Aboriginal word meaning "no drink" because it receives over 90% of its hydration from the Eucalyptus leaves (also known as gum leaves) it eats, and only drinks when ill or times when there is not enough moisture in the leaves. ie during droughts etc.

The koala is the only mammal, other than the Greater Glider and Ringtail Possum, which can survive on a diet of eucalyptus leaves.

Excellent website with so much to learn and do. Thank you once again for your creative ideas.

And in response to our inquiry to blog about this, she said:

Yes please, do share our Koala – it is such a delightful animal but it has been know to pee on the celebrities who sometimes hold them for a cuddle.

Cheers,

Di

Now... I do want to go on record as stating that we did know Koalas AREN'T bears and that they are marsupials, but it has been so much a cultural thing to call them bears, we sometimes slip into the habit. We heartily apologize to any koala we may have offended, and rest assured, we will NOT make the mistake again!

And as an aside... if you've never made one of our Koala MARSUPIAL Bookmarks, it would make a great Easter Basket stuffer! The pattern can be found HERE or with our FREE patterns.

Thanks Di, for the information and smile. I love the Internet for making global friendships possible!

Fairy In the Tree


We've gotten a few inquiries about the little Fairy sitting in a tree in the Felt Forest. In answer to every one's questions, no, we do not have a pattern for the fairy. He was made using the directions for pipe cleaner fairies in Salley Mavor's incredible book, Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects. Making the fairies is not hard but there are many steps. She has detailed directions on how to make them, in various sizes, and with many different outfits. Plus, she has lots of other goodies to share. I highly recommend her book. I could not do a better job than her... so I won't try :)

(Update by Michelle) BTW: If you are looking for a kit... I have seen that the Klutz Series has one out... Fairies: Petal People You Make Yourself. Might be a good gift idea for crafty little girls... or the slightly older gals too ;).

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Koala Bear Bookmark


A couple of weeks ago we featured our Mouse Bookmark. At that time we asked for other animal suggestions. Our first responder was Harley and she said her favorite animal was the koala. Well, we took that suggestion and made a Koala Bookmark. Although we often see pictures of koalas hanging onto tree trunks, we took a little creative license and had this little cutey hug a vine. Hmmm... wonder if there is a variety of eucalyptus vine... Anyway... the vine lends itself well to a bookmark. If you'd like to make one of these little guys for yourself, get your directions for the Koala Bookmark HERE or in our FREE Open Pattern Section. BTW... Although the book our koala is reading is NOT a book about Down Under, I thought A Year Down Yonder, was way too tempting to pass up! Enjoy!

NOTE: As hard as this may be to believe, I did not have any light gray wool felt so I used acrylic felt for this project. I haven't worked with acrylic felt in a long time... and with good reason! To be very honest I'm not sure how this little guy will hold up to repeated usage. Definitely, if you have wool felt, use it for this project!

Koala Bookmark


A sweet little koala from Down Under is busy reading A Year Down Yonder! Make your own koala bookmark as a reading pal!

Materials:
wool felt
embroidery floss
yarn
pattern

1] Make copy of pattern.

2] Cut out materials as follows:
1 back - gray
1 body - gray
1 arm - gray
1 head - gray
2 ears - gray
18 - 28 leaves - green
3 pieces different colored green yarn 30" long each
2 eyes - white
1 nose - black

3] Following pattern, position nose on head. Using 3 strand of floss, attach nose to face using a small running stitch. Position eyes. Attach by placing a French knot in the center of each eye. Using 6 strands of floss, add mouth using a stem stitch.

4] To make the vine, knot the 3 pieces of yarn together 1” from an end. Braid the 3 pieces until you are 6” from the end. Knot the tail close to the end of the braiding section. Cut the extra yarn leaving 1” beyond the knot. (You may wish to braid the vine to the end, and wait to cut the length until you've added the leaves to insure even leaf placement.) 

5] Using 2 leaf pieces for each leaf, begin by sewing a leaf around the end of the vine. You will be covering the knot. Add leaves ever 2". (If you want a leafy vine, just add more.) Stagger the leaves so they are on different sides. NOTE: To add the leaves begin by sewing up 1 side of the leaf. Then open the leaf and place the vine inside on an angle. Continue your running stitch catching the vine at the top of the leaf and then again along the other side of the leaf. (Refer to photos.) You may want to leave the leaf off the vine that is around the koala's head. So, after adding your 2nd set of leaves, place the next set 4" down the vine. Then continue with every 2". Place your last set of leaves around the other knot.

6] Lay the body on the pattern. Using the pattern as a guide, lay the vine on the Koala. Pin in place.

7] Using 3 strands of floss, sew ears, body, head and arm to the backing using small running stitches. Sew on in order listed.

8] Using 6 strands of floss, add the leg outline using a stem stitch.

9] If you haven't already, finish the vine.

10] Share your favorite book with your new buddy!

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