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Making Magic Wool Fairies. Tutorial and pictures. Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ah! That happy moment when a creation is completed!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012. 9am – 11am. In this cold and foggy morning, our craft group gathered in the back room of the Company of Angels store to pull and make “Magic Wool Fairies”. I love it when we are in this cozy, intimated little room, people open up more and it is a warm and jolly friendly atmosphere.

For a $7 supply fee, we had access to binsful of colored roving, pipe cleaners, trims, notions, sequin, beads and other supplies galore to make our craft for today. Some of us worked on more items to stock our school’s Winter Festival coming up this Saturday.

Christine Newell taught us the craft and Rachel Skelly made sure we were well taken care of with hot tea and refreshments. Thank you Christine and Rachel! – Jzin

This Saturday, our school will be having its annual Winter Festival. See Winter Festival 2013 here.

This year, Winter Festival will be held on Saturday, 1pm – 5pm, December 8, 2012. The children will have a special opportunity to go inside the “Elves Workshop” to pick out their choice of handmade gifts, without being accompanied by their parents. These children will “pay” for their selections with raffle tickets.

More info: PDF file of WSOC Winter Festival 2012 Booth Offerings.

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Gallery of Past Projects from Our Waldorf School of Orange County Monday Morning Craft Group

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Today we made Magic Wool Fairies

121205 Alena completed her handmade Magic Wool Fairy Doll logoClick here to jump back to the menu on the top of the page. Whee!

 Book Reference: Magic Wool Fairies by Christine Schäfer

You can buy a copy from the school store or online.

Magic Wool Fairies by Christine Schäfer

Excerpt: Magic Wool Fairies by Christine Schäfer

Excerpt: Magic Wool Fairies by Christine Schäfer

Excerpt: Magic Wool Fairies by Christine Schäfer

Sweet Little Solana, our littlest crafter today.

More Handmade Items for Winter Festival 2012 Elves Workshop

Felt Bags Handmade by Heather

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Josephine’s Festive Paper Ball Christmas Tree Ornaments

Click here to see Josephine’s Christmas ornaments and other handmade treasures at our Waldorf School 2012 Winter Festival Elves Workshop.

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Gloria’s Beautiful Ball with Needle-Felted Fawn

Gloria needle-felted not one but TWO baby deer on this felted ball, one fawn on each side! This is amazing workmanship.

It will go to a lucky little child at the Elves Workshop this weekend.

Click here to see this and other handmade treasures at our Waldorf School 2012 Winter Festival Elves Workshop.

Click here to see more Felted Balls done by our craft group.

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Alena’s Amazing Blossom Fairies

Alas, my dear friend Alena is bitten hard by the crafting bug! Last night, this wonderful woman gave up sleep to finish these exquisite flock of blossom fairies in time for our Winter Festival Elves Workshop. One behalf of the children whose little hearts will leap with joy at the sight of these, thank you, Alena!!!

This one may be my favorite…

“Less than perfection” is a concept foreign to the mind of this crafter. My case in point: glitter hearts. Oooo !

These are truly sweet honey for the eye and soul!

Little blossom fairies playing hide and seek in the cherimoya tree in front of The Company of Angels school store…

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Julie’s Magic Wool Fairy

I.e., the famous author of “The Waldorf Palette Cookbook“, a fundraiser for The Waldorf School of Orange County, Costa Mesa, California, USA.

Decorated with sparkly hearts!

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Gloria’s Red Hearts Magic Wool Fairy

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Rachel’s Magic wool fairy

Completed!

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Christine’s Magic wool fairy Which We Used As A Reference

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Antoinette’s Magic wool fairy

Antoinette also just published a book. You can find out more about her book or purchase it on this link here: I Love You Bigger Than the Whole Wide World.

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Heather’s Magic wool fairy

Heather had to leave early so I took a picture of her unfinished fairy. Beautiful!

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Sharon’s Magic wool fairy

Voila! That happy moment when the creation is completed!

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Angela’s Guardian Angel Fairy

She hovers from heaven and gazes downward protectively upon us.

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Josephine’s Guardian Angel For Her Little Girl

Last year, Josephine made a guardian angel magic wool fairy for her daughter, which kept watched over the little girl the entire year.

This year, Josephine is making a new one for her. This angel will rest on top of their family’s Christmas tree this year.

Here is Josephine’s blog 柳橙海岸记事, in mandarin chinese!

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Alena’s Spring Magic Wool Fairy

Handmade Mommy and Me Love!

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Jzin’s guardian Angel For Her Children

I did not finish this angel by 12pm today. So I took it home to work on it some more.

Thursday, December 6, 2012. I have finished making this angel. She will go on top of our family Christmas tree this year.

121206 Jzin's handmade pulled Magic wool fairy Roman Catholic style Holy Guardian Angel logo

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My Friend Marie’s Magic Wool Fairies In Her Etsy Store

My friend Marie handmakes these Magic Wool Fairies in New Zealand, the Land of Wool! Here is a link to her blog: Softearth’s World.

She sells her handmade crafts here: http://felt.co.nz/shop/softearthart

She also has an Etsy store, however, as we are entering Winter here in the northern hemisphere, Marie is taking her summer vacation on her Etsy store. Check back later.

 

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Tutorial: Magic Wool Fairies

If you missed our craft get together, do not fret. Buy the book above or check out this simple tutorial! Thank you Christine Newell for showing us how to Make Magic Wool Fairies.

We started with the head. There are 2 ways to make a head. (1) Using a wooden bead as the core, wrapped by roving. This is a faster way to make a round head. This method, you may not even use a needle for the entire process. Pro: Easy, fast. Con: Harder to shape the face with a needle if you later want to shape it by needle-felting. This angel was made using a wooden bead as core of the head.

Method (2) No wooden beads. Take a piece of roving and tie a knot unto itself in the middle. Add roving to that knot to form a ball shaped head. Bring the ball shape to desired size. Neede-felt as needed to help maintain a ball shape.

Today we made our magic wool fairies with wooden bead in the middle of the head.

Fold a pipe cleaner in half. Bend each arm in the opposite direction until you have a kink in the middle of your pipe cleaner long enough to stick inside the wooden bead.

 Attach wooden bead to the “kink”. Now you have a head and two arms.

To make a nice blank “face”, wrap a flat layer of roving over the ball, careful that you do not have bumps or dirt on the “face” area. (If you want a flesh colored fairy, you may use flesh colored roving instead of white. In my case, I layer a very thin layer of pinkish roving over my white for the face.)

If you want a smooth and nice “face” be careful with arranging your roving flatly and tightly on the wooden bead (you will be unable to needle-felt the face very much after this, if your “face” is loosely wrapped). Take a part of your “tail” roving and tightly tie at the neck.

If you plan to make a fairy with a skirt that is not white in color, you may trim/pull away your long white roving tail at this point. Christine planned to make a fairy with a yellow skirt, this is how short she left her white roving “tail”.

Note by Jzin: For those who prefer to use a felt ball instead of a wooden bead (you can’t felt a wooden bead and the wool roving may slide on slippery ball if you do not tie it just so). You can purchase felt balls online if you do not want to make them yourself.

I just bought mine from FELT SUPPLIER (Poland) on Etsy.Com. I find the 3cm felt ball in “Peach 22″ color is just perfect for my magic wool fairies. you can purchase from them by clicking on the image below.

130117 Felt Supplier Poland on Etsy for 3cm felt balls

FELT SUPPLIER from Poland on Etsy.Com. These balls are helpful for my 8 year old to make her own dolls since it is hard for her to make a good ball shape for a doll head.

Now we make the hands: Starting at about 1/2 inch from the end of one arm, wind a thin layer of roving onto the pipe cleaner, working towards the direction away from the head.

Once your roving holds on to the pipe cleaner, fold about 3/4 inch (eye ball it, this is not rocket science) of pipe cleaner back towards the direction of the head. Continue winding over this fold and towards the direction of the head. * Be careful to use flat layer of roving, so your hand looks nice and even. Again, you may use flesh colored roving here as well.

Ditto the other hand.

Adding red sleeves: Wind flat layer (not too thick) of roving starting at the cuffs and work in the direction towards the head.

Red sleeves added.

Sharon adding thin, flat layer of red roving over the white, to make red sleeves for her fairy.

Dressing the fairy doll. Make a hold and poke the head through the roving.

There are several ways to attach the hair. (1) glue it on (2) needle-felting (3) sewing.

Pinching white roving in the middle to make wings.

Adding wings. Again, you can needle-felt it, glue it or sew it on. I sewn mine one for extra security.

To add a branch of flowers, wrap colored roving onto pipe cleaner. If you are making a forked branch, arrange the two pieces of pipe cleaners to how you want it to look in the final state, then wrap colored roving around these two, holding the two pipe cleaners together as you decorate/”color” them with the colored roving.

Sharon demonstrating the making of branch with colored roving and pipe cleaner.

Example of a fairy holding a bouqout of flowers (Handmade by Josephine).

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If you are interested in placing an ad on “Support Our Southern California Waldorf Community” (free if you are a member of this community) please e-mail me a good picture and a link.

Meanwhile, please support our local peeps! Thanks! – Jzin

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Next Week’s Craft Group Project

Sorry! It is a mystery to me also! If you find out, let me know! How I do love surprises… :) – Jzin

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Craft Supply Shopping This Holiday Season

One of my most favorite craft store in town (besides The Company of Angels, Jenny’s fabric, Suzoo’s Wool Works) is having financial difficulties. I would hate to see it close. So please, everyone support Piecemakers in Costa Mesa. Here is a big fat coupon. You can bring a crafting buddy and split it in two ways.

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A Homemade “Traditional Chinese Fairy Tale Puppet Show” that the children and I performed recently for my child’s 8th birthday.

Click on the pictures to see our recent homemade puppet show.

It was an inspiring story, about the true nature of transactions … Laibao’s Quest for a Bride.

My handmade Fairy Tale Dolls: Dolls and Tales page.

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My handmade dolls for Waldorf Seasons Nature Table

All Seasons

 

Giveaway!!! Handmade Mermaid Doll. Ending on December 7, 2012

Click here to Enter. Giveaway ends December 7, 2012 12am Pacific Standard Time.

Please tell your friends about it. Thank you very much! – Jzin

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. eli #

    it is wonderfull….. love it

    September 28, 2013
  2. Mary Jordan #

    Hi Christine, I love your fairies and want to make them myself. Where can I get magic wool from – I live in the UK. Are there any people teaching it here?? Also are there any videos of you making them? Lots of questions – sorry. Where can I get all the tools from?

    Kind regards

    Mary Jordan

    May 3, 2014
  3. jzinius #

    Dear Mary Jordan,

    Since I am based in Southern California, USA, I personally buy most my wool tops/rovings from a local Californian store here or online on Etsy.com

    With a little help from my English friends, here are some suggestions for you:

    An example of a U.K. based Etsy store is this…
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/91491080/100g-rainbow-roving-merino-70s-wool-tops?ref=sr_gallery_18&ga_search_query=rainbow+wool+roving&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_ship_to=US&ga_locationQuery=2635167&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

    Here is another U.K. based store selling needle-felting kit…
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/105023952/needle-felting-kit-with-handle?ref=sr_gallery_8&ga_search_query=needle+felting+kit&ga_ship_to=ZZ&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery

    I asked around for U.K. sources and here are some U.K. sources recommended to me…

    World of Wool
    http://www.worldofwool.co.uk/products/177/felting_kits/needle_felting_kit.htm

    Wingham Wool Works
    http://www.winghamwoolwork.co.uk/

    Norwegian Wool
    http://www.norwegianwool.co.uk/coloursCMno.php

    Feel free to ask. You can also “Like” me on Facebook where I can answer more of your questions.
    https://www.facebook.com/CastleofCostaMesa

    Enjoy!

    Jzin
    https://www.facebook.com/CastleofCostaMesa

    May 5, 2014
  4. Natalie #

    Thank you for you clear tutorial with your help I was able to create my daughters pirate fairy.

    July 10, 2014

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