Claudia Marie needle felted this wool painting, depicting the changing seasons for a Waldorf kindergarten class. It is an impressive 40″ wide. It has been needle felted in a relief style with lots of dimension; and took 2-weeks to make.
The original piece currently hangs in the early childhood classroom at DaVinci Waldorf School in Wauconda, IL where her son went to school. You can order one like it, or purchase prints in her etsy shop.
“When I was a little girl, my mom taught me the handwork arts–sewing, crochet, knitting and embroidery. I didn’t like to follow patterns, so I would just make up my own designs for doll clothes and embroidered art. Decades later, when my son went to Waldorf school, I rediscovered handwork. As a Waldorf mom, I loved crocheting and knitting animals and dolls out of soft, natural, luxurious fibers like cashmere, alpaca, angora and merino wool.
When I finally discovered needle felting, I knew I had found my artistic medium.
The world opened up for my creative muse. If I could dream it, I could do it.”
You can see this and so much more in her etsy shop:
You can also visit her page on facebook
These precious and tiny needle felted fairy gardens and castles are full of color, life and detail!
The are the work of Mary, artist and designer at Ginger Little in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Mary says she has always been creative and began making her
own dolls and accessories as a child.
Mary began her felting journey when her daughter was very little and in a Waldorf school.
“Wanting to create special toys for her, I began teaching myself how to felt with wool. I fell in love instantly. I knew that I wanted to share what I made with others and so my business “Ginger Little” was born.”
Mary loves color and incorporates that into her art, along with natural treasures that she finds along her walks.
“I hope to create things that spark a feeling of enchantment when you look at them – things that make you smile and wish you were a part of the magical worlds these little creations are part of. I hope that what I make will brighten someone’s day and that they will enjoy them for years to come.”
SEE MORE & SHOP WITH MARY @ GINGER LITTLE on etsy
Felted crowns make great gifts for children any time, but can also be wonderful for birthday parties and play dates. These Waldorf style crown were felted by Sonja Weeks Oswalt of Knoxville, TN. Her precious young model does a great job showing them off!
The crowns are made from commercial felt that has been cut to shape, she actually needle felted two pieces together and then needle felted the designs on top. This sweet them has a fairy, a squirrel, toadstools and butterflies, with a blanket stitch along the edge.
We love the colors and themes of these children’s crowns, and the festive ribbons used to tie them on.
You can custom order crowns from Sonja’s etsy shop where she raises money for charity: CONSPIRACY OF LOVE
Zuzana Hochman of Israel creates a fabulous variety of Waldorf inspired
pieces. She was Marie Spaulding’s Peace Felt partner in a past year
and we have one of her creations in the Living Felt shop.
Of this little needle felted Waldorf style fairy Zuzana says, “I just love to combine wool with nature. These little fairies are
ones of my favourite creations. Each of them has its own personality, there can not be two the same.”
Zuzana sent Marie this sculpture as her Peace Felt Gift:
“My grandmother used to tell me a lot of stories about her life in small farm. When she was a small girl she woke up at 5 a.m. and took the geese out before she went to school. I love to make these goose girls so much because they always bring me all the good memories, stories of my grandmother.”
Zuzana shares that her “creations come from my memories of childhood growing up in the Czech Republic. They are rooted in the innocent imagination of childhood… a world where I played with fairies in my grandmother’s garden. They told me their secrets and I told them mine.”
“I love trees. I am very good friend with them and my children as well. I wonder how it feels to have long strong roots, to live quiet life. Today we all know that also tree have their guardians that are protecting them. Here I made one of them.”
“I grew up in a place where there were no large factories churning out thousands of goods a day. It was a humble place where hand-made goods were a way of life. Everything from the food we ate to the clothes we wore to the toys I played with as a child was made locally. When you use a hand-made item you can feel the personal energy from the soul that went into the item and you know each one is unique. These feelings I remember from my childhood. Through my creations I want you to be able to experience this as well.
My life’s journey has brought me to Israel where I live in a rural Galilee community with my family. I am a friend, woman, mother and child. I love to create and my creativity has no boundaries. My two beautiful and amazing children make me proud and happy and fill my home with love. I am a trained art therapist. I believe in the role of imagination in leaning and in the development of creativity. Children need the freedom to fulfill his or her unique destiny. This is the environment from which my work is created.
Our imagination is just the beginning.”
You can see more and purchase Zuzana’s Waldorf style needle felted pieces and other creations
in her etsy shop: Made4uByMagic
Marcela of Montreal, Quebec Canada creates a delightful array
of unique and creative toys and mobiles in the Waldorf Style.
She shares that most of her work comes from the fairy tale world and she,
“… discovered the magic of wool in 2005, when my oldest daughter joined the Waldorf kindergarten
at Cuernavaca city, in Mexico. I have incorporated this material to my creative work,
inspired by a Waldorf approach to childhood.”
Marcela’s delightful style has a sweet sense of “play” and “wonder” that you can feel
in every piece. She has done a wonderful job in capturing angles with her felted mobiles
that make the scene feel very alive and gently active.
You can see more Waldorf inspired needle feltings by Marcela in her etsy shop:
Our theme this week is felted cards and gifts! Here are just a few
ideas of small felted treasures for yourself or someone you love.
Join us on facebook to share yours!
This wonderful and whimsical needle felted pin cushion
was made by Karen of Liongate Farm. Her shop has a great
collection of somewhat “primitive” crafts.
Felted soaps are a fun and easy gift to make!
These colorful abstract soaps were made by Donna Brau of Minnesota.
We have a free tutorial on making felted soap here.
Janine Gardner of Foxtail Creek Studio creates precious, nature inspired
treasures. This toadstool pincushion is just one example; definitely worth a visit to her shop.
We own one of her mini sculptures … they are just as darling in person.
Sharon Yoder of PA has a variety of little felted treasures in her shop, fruits and veggie ornaments, felted eggs,
and mini cards like this one. Her shop is also on etsy and is called Syodercrafts.
What a wonderful gift this would make!
Creating a lovely needle felted brooch this tiny requires love, patience and attention to detail!
Crafted by Svetlana in Rotterdam, Netherlands, it measures approx. 3″ x 3.5″
Her etsy shop is called Wool Feel
Daria Lvovsky on etsy has a great style within the style of Waldorf…in this pic,
she has turned her little sculpture into a birthday card by creating a “setting” taking a picture, and printing it on a card.
This one is a Happy Birthday greeting card.
It has been Felted Easter … and Especially BUNNIES all week here at Living Felt
and we have received a ton of pictures from our felting friends around the world.
These little cuties come from Jen Moss of Canada.
Jen needle felted these tiny little bunnies out of wool…perfect for your Easter Basket!
Jen felts more than just Bunnies! So stop by her etsy shop
for more delightful creations.
You can even have a custom needle felted fairy made just for you!
Visit Jen’s Felted Jems…on etsy!