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Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects Paperback – February 1, 2003

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About the Author

Salley Mavor is an award-winning children's book illustrator and the owner of Wee Folk Studio, She lives in Falmouth, MA.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571201939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571201935
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Salley Mavor grew up in the seaside village of Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in a household full of treasures and creative ideas. She learned to sew as a child and has been playing with a needle and thread ever since. At home, there were always art supplies close at hand and a sense that time was available for creative pursuit. Drawing with crayons was never enough for Salley. She remembers feeling that her pictures were not finished until something real was glued, stapled or sewn to them. Today, Ms. Mavor's fabric relief artwork is an outgrowth of her childhood fascination with handwork. A review of the recent exhibit, Salley Mavor: Sewn Stories at the Brattleboro Museum of Art in Vermont reads, "In astonishing detail, Mavor's work above all conveys an artist who is entirely present. Beyond merely illustrating a story or poem, she brings us into it. Surely her thread is gossamer, her fingers unimaginably nimble."

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Mavor has illustrated many children's books using her unique blend of materials, found objects and sewing techniques. Her craft how-to book, Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects, includes directions and patterns for making a variety of wee folk dolls. Her newest children's book, Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes won the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the 2011 Golden Kite Award. The original fabric relief artwork from the book is touring the country.

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266 of 272 people found the following review helpful By The Laundry Never Ends on July 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I am very craft impaired.

My sewing machine and I are ships sinking in the night. It is hardly portable and the kids grow faster than I can sew an outfit for them.

Knitting takes too long and I'm not anal enough to count stitches.

Needle point and its ilk, too tedious and lacks sarcastic messages that I'd rather impart than the usual spiritual/homey themes.

I only need so many crocheted pot holders.

And I have not, and will not give into the addiction that is Scrapbooking. ( let the kids rummage through shoe boxes filled with unmarked,unnamed pictures. It was good enough for me! Gah, what crack do they filter in those scrapbook stores, huh?)

I had figured I would never find a little project to keep myself off the streets ( or off Ebay) when I spied this instruction book at the store I was cautiously optimistic. Frankly, until I found this book, I was pretty sure that I did not have the craft-gene inside of me, therefore making me feel exceptionally defective in the girly department.

I fell in love instantly with the fairies and the little people, yet I remained hesitant because following directions ( unless complete with pictures) is problematic for a doofus like myself.

I sat down in the store and read every thing first. Realized that I already posessed nearly all of the material needed to create a fairy in my own home: pipe cleaners, embroidery floss, needle, felt, glue, acrylic paint and silk flowers. All I needed were little wooden balls. (and an acorn to use as a hat, but that is minor.) All things left over from failed projects. Mocking me of my failure everytime I looked at them in their respective craft drawer.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amy on April 9, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is bursting with detailed photos of projects that are sure to inspire the creation of your own wee folk dolls and crafts. Mavor's clear instructions show you how to create blossom fairies, wee folk village themed dolls, and other needlecraft projects. The best part is you don't have to be an expert seamstress to create these little treasures, and a wee folk doll can be completed in just a few hours. If you love arts and crafts this book will awake a new creative outlet.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Enola on July 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Making Wee Felt Folk is really as easy as the book claims. All you need is the right materials, and if you know where to go, the right materials won't cost half as much as they could. Just know that when you begin, your dolls won't look as good as you might want until you've practiced, practiced, practiced.

Here's what you'll need to make these fun-to-make and cute little people:

Clear glue (mine is children's craft glue with glitter and it works well)


a sewing needle

floss of the desired color

felt (color cloth that costs ten cents a sheet)

pipe cleaners

wooden beads for heads (you can buy these in a bag for like two bucks)

yarn/wool fleece /or something similar for hair

fake flowers if you're into making fairies

arylic paint (if you want to color the heads)

. . . and that's about all. I know the list looks a little long but it's not really. And once you've gotten into making these cute little dolls you'll forget all about the seemingly long list of materials.

Not only are wee felt folk good for arts and crafts projects in the classroom, but if you're an expecting mother you can create them for your coming child. Putting the little dolls together is very relaxing and relieves stress. Also, if you're expecting a little girl she can play with the dolls in a future dollhouse. A boy can too, of course, as playing with dolls can help boys become better fathers.

Well, I'm done rambling. My point is making Wee Felt Folk is fun, relaxing and -- best of all! -- easy!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on April 6, 2004
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I received this book for my birthday, and one of the first things that struck me was the universality of the projects. I immediately found myself showing others the book! There are projects specifically for children, and a child I know who usually rushes through projects wanted to make more and more and more "little people"...she just couldn't get enough, and my almost-60 mom has become obsessed with looking for "silk" flowers for fairy projects! For anyone interested in miniatures, the book is excellent. The dolls do seem a bit fragile, but I think the ones wrapped in embroidery thread could be "reinforced" with glue if meant for children.
The bad news about the book is its disorganization. The author admits she has a hard time putting concepts into directions for others, and this is noticeable within the book. There is a lot of page turning which must take place, and sometimes you will forget where you read certain instructions and where you must turn to get them. In making one project (I'll randomly choose a 3 1/2" fairy), you must find instructions on pages 29-30, 25, 34, and 36. Not necessarily in that order, and often needing to turn to these pages more than once! There is a lot of flipping around involved, which can be frustrating when the instructions aren't all in one spot and you have your hands full of craft materials that you're afraid to set down lest the embroidery thread unravel or the glue come unfixed.
Also, the instructions about how to do certain stitches (basically one illustration each, with no accompanying text) are confusing and really not helpful.
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