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140226 Sonia's kindergartener with his mommy handmade gnome, Gnomer

140225 Waldorf School of Orange County Tuesday morning Christine Newell craft group making ore gnome dolls

Today, our handwork teacher Christine Newell showed our craft group how to sew ore gnome dolls, based on Christine Schreier‘s Ore Gnomes tutorial which appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of Living Crafts Magazine:

LivingCrafts Magazine Fiona Duthie Guardian Dolls Fall 2010 Misha cover

In anticipation of Saint Patrick’s Day, Christine Newell hand-dyed some luxurious recycled cashmere and wool sweater into shades of the most beautiful greens for this sewing project. These dolls are so soft to touch and cuddle. The supply fee for this craft was $15.

Bin full of recycled wool sweaters for this craft.

140225 recycled thrift store wool sweaters

The Waldorf inspired Ore Gnomes are hard workers as they help the mineral kingdom to transform elements of nature so they can be taken up by the plants as nutrients. These busy gnomes stand on sturdy, cloth-covered, wooden feet to help keep a steady balance as they do this valuable work. Made from up-cycled felted wool – in all colors of the rainbow – they are recognizable by their wispy mohair beards and pointed caps. Set them on the nature table and they will surely watch over all the stones, crystals, and sundry treasures. – The Puppenstube.

	140225 Christine’s Handmade Ore Gnome sitting in laundry basketful of wool batting.

 Christine showed us an effective way to make a cute face: triangular placement of eyes and mouth.

140225 Handmade Ore Gnome sitting in laundry basketful of wool batting. Making Saint Patrick Day's ore gnome triangular face placement

Kathy sewing facial features onto her doll’s face using pins as guide.

140225 Kathy sewing eyes and mouth on ore gnome handmade doll face

140225 Christine and Sonia at craft group

Christine Newell’s mother visited from Toronto. Mother and daughter have been hooking the rug. Here is the progress of our craft group hooked rug so far…

140225 Hooked rug worked by Christine and her mother displayed under cherimoya tree

Click on this link to see our completed hooked rag rug.

February 26, 2014. Sonia’s kindergartener with his little ore gnome, aptly named “Gnomer” (I wonder if it’s after Greek Philosopher, Homer?)

 140226 Sonia's kindergartener with his mommy handmade gnome, Gnomer

March 4, 2014. Joanne’s soft and plush ore gnome made from 100% natural wool cashmere recycled sweater, hand dyed a beautiful green by Christine Newell.

140304 Joanne's sewn ore gnome in green wool cashmere recycled sweater

You can also purchase these gnomes online from The Puppenstube. (Christine Schreier who wrote the Ore Gnomes tutorial is the owner of The Puppenstube store.)

140422 The Puppenstube ore gnomes and handmade dolls winter edited

My beautiful and talented friend Géraldine Strub donated her handmade infinity cowl for our Waldorf School of Orange County 2014 Annual Gala and Auction. This cowl is so soft and luxurious. It will dress you up and keep you warm! It is made from high-quality washable natural wool. We ship worldwide for this item by USPS. Winner pays shipping for this cowl. You can bid on it here:

140225 Geraldine Strub modeling luxuriuos handmade wool cowl with logo

Unique Offerings from Waldorf School of Orange County March 15, 2014 Gala and Auction

Our community has lovingly prepared many wonderful one-of-a-kind offerings which are full of heart and soul for our Waldorf School of Orange County 2014 Annual Gala and Fundraiser. Here are some examples of treasures you will not find else where! Hurry and bid. All these end on March 15, 2014. Saturday, 8pm Pacific Standard Time.

$20 for a chance to win. Raffle No. 900: Dream Castle Kiki grand raffle.

140224 Moorish Prince in front of moat

Auction No. 615. A Testament of Abundance and Community: Our Knitted Stone Soup

130311 Stone Soup knitted and crocheted vegetables and other ingredients in a wooden salad bowl. square cropped with logo

Raffle No. 902. Starry Night Hooked Rag Rug by Christine Newell and WSOC Craft Group

140107 sketching out design in colored chalk on stretched burlap. Square cropped, no logo

Raffle No. 901. Stunning Heirloom-Quality Community Knitted Afghan Blanket

140305 5 women holding up Kim et all community knitted afghan blanket. Square cropped.

Auction No. 533 Handmade Offerings by our children: Fairy Tale Dolls Set in A Vintage Suitcase

140310 square cropped. Monday after school. Sophia and Sarah with handmade fairy tale dolls by children with logo

Auction No. 107. The Foundry. Original Framed Fine Art by Jzin Teng

130315 Feb 2012 Entrails of the Polite One by Jzin Teng. Acrylic on dry watercolor paper red clouds. square cropped with logo

Our community has worked hard to bring quality and beautiful handmade, one-of-a-kind offerings to those who support our fundraiser. Please shop here to pour some loving encouragements into our endeavors. Thank you!

140121 Edited Let's Have a Kiki Broadway Style

Alternate view (My Pinterest board): Shop craft items to support our school


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

Click on the image below to view our Waldorf School of Orange County weekly craft group projects.

121202 Vintage Life photo show girls crafting inside trailer at war times. Post button for Wednesday Morning Craft Group

Be in the know for upcoming handmade giveaways: Like CastleofCostaMesa.Com on Facebook

130530 Square Giveaway 6 Waldorf Flower Fairies at Tanager Park

I give away my lovingly handmade dolls and crafts every season. 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?

Like Us on Facebook black and white. Fairy Tale Dolls, Handmade With Love. I want you to love learning mandarin chinese!CastleofCostaMesa.Com

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


Check out my new fine arts website!

My new art website:

140131 II Yoni the Jew with scimitar. Life model academic nude at FMA studio, Costa Mesa shoulder square cropped

Please “like” my fine arts facebook page, so you will be able to see my future works. Thank you!

140416 Keep Calm and Like Me on Facebook

Click here to view my masterpiece studies.

130315 Bacchus et Ariadne by Jzin Teng 1998. Detail Laocoon



  • Many heartfelt thanks you for mentioning and linking The Puppenstube and wishing many fun handwork sessions!
    Christine Schreier

    April 23, 2014

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