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Needle-Felted Gnomes, Baby in A Knitted Blanket and Embroidered Bag. Tuesday, October 29, 2013

131029 Jessica glueing wool roving on end of knitting needle to make dolls adorned handmade needles

Tuesday morning, October 29, 2013.

On this chilly October morn, our craft group gathered outdoors under the gazebo in the garden of The Company of Angels school store at 8:45am for our weekly craft group get-together.

Christine Newell showed the craft group how to make “Embroidery on a bag”. We would create a design on a bag and work a chain stitch along the design lines. This is a Grade 4 Project at the Waldorf School. Materials fee for the “Embroidery on a Bag” project was $8.

Some of us worked on last week’s craft project, making “Baby in a Knitted Blanket” and “Making Knitting Needles”. I was out with my boys last week and therefore absent from craft group.

To secretly hide my shoddy knitting skills, I brought my dazzling stash of many colored roving and needle-felted some gnomes. My dear pal Anička joined in with me so I had company.

Thank you Rachel Skelly and Christine Newell for organizing our Waldorf School of Orange County weekly craft group get-togethers! – Jzin

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Gallery of Past Projects from The Waldorf School of Orange County Craft Group

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Today Christine Showed Us How to Embroider a Bag

Christine brought in a  is a sample of a hand embroidered bag. This is a 4th Grade project at the Waldorf School.

131029 Waldorf Grade 4 Hand Embroidered chain-stitched sack bag sample.

131029 Gloria making cinching string for hand-embroidered bag

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Simple Baby Dolls in Knitted Blanket Bags

This was our craft group project from last week. I was absent and did not take pictures of all the dolls made earlier. Here are 3, made by Josephine/beige, Gloria/maroon (in progress) and Christine/blue.

131029 3 Simple Waldorf Style Handmade hanky baby dolls in knitted blanket bags on cherimoya tree.

Josephine’s baby doll in a knitted blanket.

131029 Josephine's handmade simple Waldorf baby hanky doll in a knitted blanket bag on the cherimoya tree

Alena working on last week’s project. The variegated yarn is a nice touch.

131029 Alena knitting baby doll blanket with variegated yarn

Here is our 6 and a half year old knitter working on her blanket for her baby doll.

131029 Mia knitting a blanket bag for her handmade baby dolly

Christine showed us how she made her knitted and felted plush hedgehog. You can buy one from The Company of Angels store.

131029 Christine and her knitted and felted handmade hedgehog plush toy

November 5, 2013. Gisela’s doll for one of her grandchildren.

131105 Gisela's simple baby in a knitted blanket pocket and her basket with mattress and pillow

Gisela also made a girl gnome for one of her grand daughter. Sigh! So beautiful!

131105 Gisela's handmade girl gnome doll for her grand daughter

Yvonne’s baby doll. When it’s mommy-made, it is so special.

131105 Yvonne's Waldorf style simple baby doll in a green knitted blanket pocket.

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The Cutest Handmade Knitting Needles EVER

131029 Focus on red riding hood doll head adorning a pair of handmade wooden knitting needles

Another sweet, strikingly well-adjusted and articulate homeschool child joins us at craft group. Here, Mia was concentrating and drawing a face on her handmade knitting needle.

131029 Mia concentrating while drawing a face on her wooden handmade knitting needle doll

Behold! The cutest knitting needles anywhere in the world.

131029 Mia and her illustrated doll faces on her handmade wooden knitting needles.

Jessica gluing wool roving to the ends of knitting needles to make the most awesome knitting needle dolls.

131029 Jessica glueing wool roving on end of knitting needle to make dolls adorned handmade needles

… and here’s the boy needle to go with the girl needle!

131029 Jessica gluing blue wool roving to make a doll head at the end of her knitting needle

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Needle-Felted Gnomes

Recently I came across Lee’s most wonderful needle-felted gnomes. I love how she uses a variety of natural curls and crimps of animal fleece to create a group of gnomes with highly interesting looks and strong characters. Each one seems to have his own personality. They are a hoot! Christine gave me some interesting looking raw fleece (Thank you!) which I washed, now I was inspired to needle-felt some dwarfs myself as well.

Click on the photo below to see more of Lee (FeltingFarmerLady)’s needle-felted gnomes on Etsy. I am in love with Mr. Crimpy Upturned Whiskers in the foreground.

131031 Felting Farmer Lady Lee's gnomes edited

Tuesday morning, here at craft group: My rubicund dwarf and Anička’s Springtime gnome.

131029 Jzin's needle-felted rubicund dwarf next to Anicka's Spring gnome freshly handmade

Anička needle-felted two dolls this morning: A Springtime dwarf and Santa Claus.

131029 Anicka with 2 needle felted dwarfs on foam pad with felting needles 3

Anička’s handwork from this morning: A needle-felted springtime gnome and Santa Claus.

131029 Anicka's needle-felted gnome and Santa Claus on foam pad

Here are three of my seven dwarfs!

131030 Rub a dub dub three gnomes in a tub on honeysuckle bush.

They are a lot of fun to make. The brown/silver variegated curly beard for this guy below is made from Border Leicester locks from Fiberinfusions on Etsy

131028 curly bearded yellow capped needle-felted dwarf under a gnarly tree at Vista Park

Click here to see the gnomes made by our craft group last year.

moss nest for mouse on top. Waldorf Wednesday morning craft group. Handmade Needle-felting gnomes with Christine Newell. CastleofCostaMesa.Com

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Rachel Skelly’s Mosaic Work…

Boy it was cold out here. We were so busy crafting, it took us a few hours to smarten up and move in to the sunshine. Well, some of us finally moved into the sun to craft. Meanwhile, Rachel came from working at The Company of Angels to save us with hot tea! Thanks Rachel.

Many of you were asking the whereabouts of Rachel. She has been busy working at the Company of Angels these days. She has also been mosaicking. Here is her recent work, just grouted…

131027 Poolside BBQ counter top. Finished grouting.

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Jzin’s Crafting Shennanigans…

I have been busy conjuring up my wet-felting tutorial. Here is it: Felt Boat tutorial: No sewing, no needle-felting. Easy enough to craft with children.!

131030 Ring of glittering mermaid on blue silk around boat with merbaby Nigel sitting in it

Click on the picture below to enter Jzin’s Wet-felted, no sewing, felt BOAT TUTORIAL.

131030 Jzin's Boat Tutorial square cropped with Mermaid Georgina, Merbaby Sunshine and Sailor Prince in white and mint blue felt boat

You can see more pictures of my felt boats here.

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Next Week’s Craft Group Projects…

Here are some of the craft projects Christine has lined up for the next few weeks:

  • Wooden gnome
  • Roving Angels
  • Dry Felted animals
  • Dry Felted pictures
  • Wet Felted Christmas stocking, this can also be knitted.

Click here to view a gallery of our past craft group projects.

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Christine Newell’s Next Upcoming 16 inch Waldorf Doll Making workshops

Here is the latest flyer regarding Christine Newell’s Handmade Doll workshop:

131015 Flyer for Christine Newell's next Waldorf 16 inch Doll Workshop.

Here are handmade 16 inch Waldorf Dolls made by Christine Newell.

121219 Two 16 inch Waldorf cuddle boy dolls handmade by Christine Newell on cherimoya tree

Click here to see gorgeous photos from her past workshops.

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Local Happenings

This year again, many of our Waldorf School students, including my little Nunu, age 8 is performing at Irvine Barclay Theater’s Nutcracker. This will be a lavish ballet performance with over 200 dancers! Do not miss it!

The Nutcracker Ballet: 12/13/2013 – 12/24/2013

Tickets: $40 adults; $37 seniors; $35 children

Tickets can be purchase by clicking on the image below.

2012 Festival Ballet. Nutcracker Ballet. Irvine Barclay Theater.

Piecemakers Christmas Village. December 7, 2013. Costa Mesa, California

131031 Piecemakers Christmas Event

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Support Our Local Waldorf Community/ Place a Free Ad

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

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

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Waldorf Seasons Table Dolls by Castle of Costa Mesa

130924 African Merprince Summer post pretty

130925 Windswept hair, red lambswool sweater, yellow kite blonde handmade Nova Scotia Kite boy Fall Autumn Waldorf Seasons Nature Table post pretty.

130924 Waldorf Season nature table dolls for all seasons.  All Seasons The Wanderer post pretty

Castle of Costa Mesa’s Etsy Store

You may support my crafting mania and justify my obsessive hoarding of craft supplies by shopping on my handmade Etsy store on the link below. Please do! – Jzin

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130127 The Sailor prince and Mermaid Merah mirage on Corona Del Mar Little Beach

Just for fun, click here instead view a gallery of my handmade dolls.

Castle of Costa Mesa Handmade Doll Giveaways

Fall 2012 Handmade Doll Giveaway mermaid by CastleofCostaMesa.Com

I give away my lovingly handmade dolls periodically. If you “Like” my Castle of Costa Mesa Facebook page, you will be notified of upcoming giveaways. Click here to view the list of my past giveaways. Perhaps the next winner could be YOU?

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Photos from Waldorf School of Orange County Craft Group

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