Spring

Spring Break

I have a few announcements to make. First, please welcome our new sponsors The Felt Pod and Armadillo Dreams. Stop by and check them out. We are planning something special with each of them in the upcoming weeks... stay tuned.

Second, It is spring break time for us. Kimara and I will be taking a bit of time off from the blog as we enjoy some out of town company, get some spring cleaning done, and finish up a few odds and ends to get the store ready. We will be back after Easter, hopefully refreshed and ready to embark on a new phase in Wee Folk Art... aka the Market Place. In the meantime I've collected some of our Spring Projects to keep you busy.

Third, we will probably be turning our comments to moderate after today. It is hard enough to keep up with the spam while we are vigilantly online... impossible on vacation. Please keep posting, asking questions, etc... just know that your comments may not show immediately while we our on vacation.

See ya soon!


Spring in the Thicket
Projects for Your Gnome Home


Flower Fairies


Flower Garland for Gnome House


Flower Fairy Carpet


Spring Sleeping Bags


Peg Flowers


More Spring Time Toys


Walking Bunnies


Lily Pads and Water Lilies


Wooden Frog


Ducklings


Felt and Wood Reeds


Cashmere Frog

Spring Time Flower Garland

The daffodils in our yard are just poking their heads through the ground, but I was aching for some flowers, NOW, so I decided to make my own. You can make a garland or 2 or 3 for yourself, too. Hang your Spring Flower Garland up and you’ll feel like you stumbled upon an enchanted flower fairy garden. With a kiss of spring and a promise of warm summer days, bring the outdoors indoors with this lovely Spring Flower Garland. 
 
To make your own you will need:

Spring Flower Garland Kit from Wee Folk Art's Market Place [Available April 23]

Note: Kit includes 100% wool felt, cotton embroidery floss, 100% wool yarn and directions. To finish the project you will need embroidery needles and Size F or G crochet hook.

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Materials:
wool felt - 8 colors for flowers and green for leaves
embroidery floss to match the 9 felt colors
wool yarn
Size F or G crochet hook (it is small for the 2 strands of yarn you will be chaining, but I wanted the chain dense
embroidery needles
pattern

MATERIALS AVAILABLE IN WEE FOLK ART'S MARKET PLACE: [available April 23]
Spring Flower Garland Kit (Items may be purchased separately)
embroidery needles

NOTE: If you want the front and back side finished, you will need to make a second set of flowers, but instead of blanket stitching around the outer edge of a single flower, you would blanket stitch the wrong side of 2 completed matching flowers together.

TIPS for cutting out felt can be found HERE.

ILLUSTRATIONS of stitches can be found HERE.

Directions:
Make a copy of the pattern.

NOTE: In the first few photos there are only 6 flowers and 7 leaves. When I was done with my first garland, I decided I wanted it longer so I added a dark blue and dark purple plus 2 more leaves.

Using 8 different colors of felt, cut out a petal, large circle and center from each color. Cut out 9 leaves. The eight colors I used were light and dark: blue, purple, orange and pink.

Randomly mix and match the flower parts. The only rule... use 3 different colors for each flower.

For each flower:
Using 3 strands of contrasting floss, blanket stitch the edge of the petals.

Using a running stitch and 3 strands of contrasting floss, sew the large circle to the petals.

Using a running stitch and 3 strands of contrasting floss, sew the small circle to the large circle.

Using a straight stitch and 6 strands of green floss, sew 3 lines creating a 6 point star.

Add a French knot to the end of each point on the star using 6 strands of green floss.

For each leaf:
Using a running stitch and 6 strands of green floss, sew a stem down the center of the leaf. Slightly gather and tie off.

For each flower and leaf:
Add a small loop to the top of each leaf and one flower petal using 3 strands of green floss. To control the size, I attached the floss to the wrong side of the leaf and flower. I then wrapped the floss around the base of my crochet hook for sizing, then tied it off. When adding the loop, you want it to be perpendicular to the leaf, so when you later add it to the crocheted vine, it lies flat and the right side faces forward. 

Making the vine:
Using 2 strands of yarn, chain 40.

Slip a leaf on the hook with the right side up.

Chain 1 catching the leaf loop in the chain.

Chain 12, then add a flower in the same manner. NOTE: Do not count the chain you use to connect the leaves and flowers.

Continue until all 9 leaves and 8 flowers have been add.

Chain 40.

Pull through your last chain and work the ends at the beginning and end of the chain into the chain.

Ready to hang. Note: when you are hanging the garland, make sure the front of the chain is showing and don't twist the chain. Make sure the front side of all the flowers and leaves are showing, then stand back, and smile at the pretty flower garland!

 
 

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Felted Egg Giveaway from Art of Felting


 
NOTE: The contest is now closed. The winner will be announced here, tomorrow morning :)

EDIT: Just once I'd like to post a giveaway without having to go back and edit something. Fortunately, it's always my fault... so I have no one else to blame, hehe. This is VERY important... if take advantage of Daria's 10% discount... and why wouldn't you :) the coupon code is... WEEFOLKART10. So make sure you include WEEFOLKART10 in the comments to receive your generous 10% discount :)

If you've been reading our blog for any period of time, you will know I adore Art of Felting, and the gentle artist, Daria Lvovsky, who creates each piece lovingly by hand. As we prepare to welcome spring, what a perfect time for this extremely generous giveaway.
 

One lucky winner will be the proud owner of 6 of Daria's Wool Felted Eggs. Whether you celebrate Easter or simply the arrival of spring, you will want these for your very own!

Their description is as follows:

Are you looking for Easter eggs? I’ve crafted them for you. Please have a look, they are the ideal size for keeping in hand, nice to touch, beautiful, colorful and made of friendly natural materials.

The eggs are about 2" long and 1.5" wide.

The eggs you see on the screen are photographed for example I’ve done a big number of such eggs. All of them are similar but, every one is unique. So the eggs you will get are going to be slightly different.

Normally, Daria sells her Felted Easter Eggs in pairs. What an awesome giveaway to receive 6 of these unique beauties!

I often send you to Daria's shop, Art of Felting, to drool, but I'm sure you never get tired of looking at her exquisite pieces. I know, I don't :) So, as always, hop on over to Art of Felting, make your wishlist, and then come on back, and share your favorite piece. Mine keeps changing, although I'm inclined to say, I want them all :)


 
And, for the first time, Daria is offering a discount to all Wee Folk Art readers! Yep, you heard that right! Simply write down WEEFOLKART10 in the comments to receive 10% off your order! How awesome is that? Now is the time to purchase that piece you've been dreaming of :) This discount runs from today, February 29 to March 7. Don't miss this opportunity! 

As for the giveaway, it runs from today, February 29... Leap Day... to Sunday, March 4, at 9:00 p.m. EST, when a winner will be drawn at random. Note: The winner has 1 week to contact us with their snail mail address or a new winner will be drawn.


 
So, first off... thank you to Daria, for this generous giveaway. I am always so pleased, and a bit jealous ;) to share her work with our readers. (Jealous, because I can't enter :) Then, for everyone else... good luck. Now, head over to Art of Felting, poke around, then come back here and leave a comment. And, don't forget to take advantage of the 10% discount to WFA readers. Remember, you must type WEEFOLKART10 in the comments to get your discount.

BTW... if you didn't know, Daria lives is Israel. She will gladly ship to anywhere, so everyone has a chance to win :)

Felt Easter Sugar Cookies Kit Giveaway from Prairie Point Junction

AND THE WINNER IS...

Teryn:

Submitted by teryn on Sat, 02/18/2012 - 18:41.

Oh, so cute. We love felt foods ... and they have some really cute kits!

Congrats, Teryn. You are going to be very busy making a plateful of yummy looking Felt Easter Sugar Cookies :) Please make sure to contact us at weefolkart.com with your snail mail address in the next week or a new winner will be selected.

A very big thank you to Julie over at Prairie Point Junction. And remember, even if you didn't win, Prairie Point Junction always offers Wee Folk Art readers 20% their entire order. Simply type WEEFOLKART as your coupon code at check out.

Over the next few weeks we have other giveaways planned, so make sure you enter all of them :)

With Spring just around the corner, we're thinking it's time to start some Easter crafting. Fortunately, the folks at Prairie Point Junction (you may know it as Wool Felt Central), not only agrees with us, but want to help get us started. YAY!

Julie, the lovely owner, is sharing 2 of the Felt Easter Sugar Cookie Kits with our readers.

The kits include the pattern by Prairie Point Junction and 1/2 yard of Buttercream felt, plus 9" x 12" pieces each of Baby Blue, Periwinkle, Robin's Egg, Cotton Candy, Mellow Yellow, Peas Soup, White, Pumpkin Spice, Light Brown, and Driftwood. The felt will make at least two of each of the 12 designs. There are also 12 skeins of DMC floss in coordinating colors so you have everything you need for this project.

These adorable felt sugar cookies can be used stacked on a plate for decoration, turned into ornaments to be hung in a spring tree, or as a delightful addition to a wee one's play kitchen.

To enter this contest, simply pop over to Prairie Point Junction, and wander through their extensive collection of unique felt patterns and kits. Be warned... there are billions of lovelies to look at so you might be there a while! Okay... billions is an exaggeration, but they have lots! Then come back here, and leave a comment telling us about your favorite discovery. 

The contest runs from today, Wednesday, February 15 through Sunday, February 19th, at 9:00 p.m. EST when 2 winners will be chosen at random. Note: Winners then have 1 week to contact us with their snail mail address or a new winner will be drawn.

Good luck to everyone. This is such a lovely giveaway, and as always, we are very grateful to Julie for her generosity :) Now... head on over to Prairie Point Junction and check out their patterns and kits. If you've never been there before, prepare to be wowed! 

AND... don't forget... Wool Felt Central is one of our wonderful sponsors and has supported Wee Folk Art from almost day 1! As a special gift, Julie offers a discount to our readers EVERY SINGLE DAY! Simply type in the coupon code WEEFOLKART at checkout to receive a 20% discount off your entire order. How awesome and generous is that???

NOTE: Prairie Point Junction ships to the United States and Canada.
 
 

Spring Bouquet Kit Give Away from Wool Felt Central

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. The winners will be announced tomorrow morning. Please check back.
 
My girls loves these flowers... they won't leave them alone. Gammy always makes them a special felt flower for their dance recital every year and they have already put in their color requests for June. Fairy wants a baby blue and Pixie wants a cotton candy.

Wee Folk Art, together with Prairie Point Junction's Wool Felt Central, has a wonderful give away, just in time for your Spring gift giving and decorating!

Our dear friend, Julie, owner of Prairie Point Junction, is giving away 2 FREE kits so you can make your own Spring Bouquet... enough materials to make 18 flowers!

Each kit includes:
1/3 yard EACH of 3 colors of felt (You pick the colors)
12" X 18" Pea Soup for Leaves
8 skeins of floss to match the selected felts  (2 skeins of each color)
1/2 yard of green calico for stems

Note: You will need to provide 12" pipe cleaners and large holed beads

To enter, simply visit Prairie Point Junction's Wool Felt Central, and check out all the dreamy colors. Pick 3 colors you would like to use to make your bouquet. (We used baby blue, pink grapefruit and mellow yellow for the flowers but pick out colors that make you smile :) Then come back here, give a big thank you to Julie, and tell us what 3 colors you would like if you win. Hey, even if you don't think you want to make this bouquet, who wouldn't want more felt to add to their stash?

The contest begins today, Wednesday, April 6, and runs until Sunday, April 10 at 9:00 p.m. EST. Two winners will be drawn at random and their names will be announced and an email will be sent to them. Winners have 1 week to contact us at weefolkart@yahoo.com with their snail address or a new winner will be selected.

So, head on over to Wool Felt Central and start planning! We want to give a heartfelt thank you to Julie for once again giving our readers a chance to win a wonderful kit.

And remember, the directions for making your own Spring Bouquet can be found HERE. Good luck one and all!

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