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September 18, 2013. Wednesday.

Ever since I saw Judith Dios’ work, I have been in love with it and wondering how to achieve such luxuriant effects. Well, lucky me, today Christine Newell showed the craft group how to work with Mawata Silk Hankies! Specifically, she showed us how to add raw silk hankies to our wet-felted flowers.

You can view more of Judith Dios’ beautiful works on her website:

130501 Judith Dios Three-Dimensional Surface Effects with Nuno Felting


The above workshop is full. How I would have love to attend it and learn the secrets from Judith Dios!

A silk hanky, also known as a mawata, is a stack of silk cocoons which have been de-gummed and stretched over a square frame. Each hankie is made of several cocoons, usually about a dozen, but sometimes you’ll find one that has more or less.

Christine brought colorful dyed mawata silk hankies for craft group:

130918 Christine's dyed mawata silk hankies for craft group

Christine told me she got them from Knit Picks. I assume this website here.

Christine made 3 “discs” by layering each “disc” with 3 thin layers of wool roving on bubble wraps. The first layer was placed down horizontally. The next layer was placed in a vertical direction. The last layer was placed at 45 degree angle to the previous one. Then, she sprayed the layers with hot soapy water.

130918 Christine spraying hot soapy water on thin layers of wool roving on bubble wrap

The process of today’s flower making is similar to this one that we did earlier this summer. Click here for out pictorial process. Today, we added dyed mawata silk hankies to our flower layers.

Here is the wet-felted flower freshly made by Christine on this glorious morn…

130918 Christine's wet-felted flower with mawata silk hankies

Name that craft group cutie pie!

130918 Baby Ruby on Kim's back

Here are the results from my first wet-felting with silk hankies.

130918 Single flower. Jzin's first wet-felted flowers using mawata silk hankies

I love the textures, vibrant colors and the silky shine! Thanks Christine! I decided to separate the whorls of my flower to fully admire each layer. I think I will use these gorgeous handmade felt/silk for my upcoming Mermaid Kingdom project!

130918 Jzin's first wet-felted flowers using mawata silk hankies.

These visually interesting striations inspire me to create more with this material. I love it!

130918 Jzin's wet-felting with mawata silk hankies

Now I am fully in love with mawata silk hankies and will go on Etsy to splurge on this awesome craft material! (I ended up buying some single colored ones from FiberCharmer Etsy store.) Meanwhile, check out 2 more of Judith Dios’ creations…

Judith Dios Coral and Magenta Roses on Royal Blue handmade nuno felt and silk hankie scarf and wrap.


Judith Dios Lavendar Roses. Silk rosettes and shimmering rivers of handspun silk scarf wrap


Our school’s  Twice Upon a Time now has its very own home…Yes!!! We acquired a second shed located outside the back entrance to the Company of Angels store. Hop on by and visit!

Craft group now also has its designated shed! Today I helped Christine organize our new craft group shed. Hurray!

Christine is/was planning to show us how to wet-felt slippers next Wednesday due to popular request. However, there are some of us who are trying to subvert her plans and wet-felt tea cozies instead! So, if you are gung-ho on wet-felting slippers, do speak now or forever hold your peace!

Christine Newell’s Upcoming 16 inch Waldorf Doll Making workshops

Click here to see gorgeous photos from her past workshops.

Cost: $100 all materials included.

Waldorf School of Orange County, Wednesday mornings  9am to 11:30am:

  • day 1 Oct 2nd, 2013
  • day  2 Oct 9th, 2013
  • day 3 Oct 16th, 2013
  • day4 Oct 23rd, 2013

Waldorf School of Orange County, Thursday evenings  6:30pm to  9:00pm:

  • day 1 Oct 3rd, 2013
  • day 2 Oct 10th, 2013
  • day 3 Oct 17th, 2013
  • day4 Oct 24th, 2013

Maple Village School, Long Beach, Thursdays mornings 9:30am to 12:00pm:

  • day 1 Oct 3rd, 2013
  • day 2 Oct 10th, 2013
  • day 3 Oct17th, 2013
  • day 4 Oct 24th, 2013

The purpose of doing consecutive workshop allows you to join any of the 3 workshop at any location and time, you just need to complete day 1 through 4 to have a completed doll.

  • Sign up sheets will be in the WSOC Company of Angels and the  Office of Maple Village School.

Recycled doll workshop:

Waldorf School of Orange County, 9:00am to 11:30am

Maple Village School, 9:30am to 12:00pm

  • day 1 Oct 31st, 2013
  • day 2 Nov 7th, 2013

Cost : $50 all materials included

Again you can join any location and time just need to complete days 1 and 2.
That’s all for now, looking forward to seeing you and sharing new crafts.

Handmade Mermaid and Other Merfolk Doll Giveaway !!! Ends September 23, 2013

I am giving away a handmade mermaid/merbaby/merfolk on my blog, Castle of Costa Mesa .Com. This giveaway ends September 23, 2013. You may enter by clicking on the picture below or clicking here.

130914 Giveaway. Mermaid Georgina basking on rock

There are 8 lovingly handmade mermaids for you to choose from in this giveaway!!!

130913 Giveaway!! Square cropped.Mermaid sunshine in a cave. Square cropped. No logo

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September 18, 2013.

YAY!!! Castle of Costa Mesa has 1,000 Facebook “Likes”! We are celebrating by offering Free Shipping on the Etsy store: Please use coupon code: TERIMAKASIH for free domestic or worldwide shipping. Valid until September 23, 2013. Thank you! ps: stock up on your Christmas presents now! Enter Castle of Costa Mesa Etsy store here…

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Jzin’s latest handmade Baby Fairy doll…

September 16, 2013. Our baby fairy is made with love. She loves to fly around your garden in the day time. In the evening, she gets very tired (after all, her wings are still so tiny) and falls asleep in her bed which is a large lily flower. She is afraid to sleep alone and would love to sleep next to the bed of your little child. A little blanket will keep her warm. She is available on Castle of Costa Mesa Etsy store, click below picture to go to Etsy.

130917 Baby fairy asleep in a bed of Mexican sage bush misty

Another view of the baby fairy…

130917 Baby fairy curled up asleep in a wet felted flower

Baby fairy asleep in my backyard flowering lime tree…

130917 Needle-felted miniature blonde baby fairy asleep in my backyard flowering lime tree.

The flower above was wet-felted at craft group!

Click below enter the gallery of our past craft group projects:


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