The details I received for my 4th swap partner were:
Favourite Colours: blues purples pinks
Decorating Style: country
Favourite Things to Make: soft toys waldorf inspired dolls/toys
Hobbies, Passions: learning to needle felt right now
Children: boy 23 boy 12 girl 5 girl 4
So I see a pattern is emerging, that I tend to focus on the one colour in the packages I create. I hope my partners don’t mind. I have been slowly adding to my bags and pouches Pinterest board so I was keen to create a zippered pouch. And my instagram friends have inspired me to try patchwork. Here is the purple pouch with a patchwork pocket [unintentional alliteration].
The needle felting encoruaged me to dive into my stash – again something I have been wanting to do for a while – wet felting. I had envisioned a bag or flower but am happy that I first tried these balls. Which turned into these grapes – felt, embroidery and crochet finished it off with leaves and vine. These could be hung ornamentally, attached to make a key ring or bookmark or could be the start of a felted fruit bowl 😉
So I went searching to find out more about waldorf dolls. What a wonderful way to teach and encourage children to use their creativity. I had pinned this [hanky dolls dress] a while back – so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to create my own. With a tiny smocking effect I created this hankie dress [miniature coat hanger made by my dad]
Another emerging pattern – which seems to be my signature item in these swaps, is a packet of notecards. Upcycling and recycling what would otherwise be discarded – gastronomic pages. I made some envelopes from food magazine pages and hand stamped Kaisercraft fine and sunny birds on white cardstock.
I hope my partner liked her goodies – I enjoyed that swap I learnt something new and was encouraged to try out some crafts I’d been wanting to try for a while.
Go on – try something new soon!