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Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects Paperback – February 1, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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)
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super creative little felt people. Nice photos, great instructions, and easy to make. They turn out super cute, just like the pictures. Great little book.Published 5 days ago by Saberdoodle
love this book and am looking forward to making some of these cute little dolls and scenes.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The wee folk are enchanting indeed and Ms. Mavor's excellent instructions inspire one to try one's own hand at this utterly charming handcraft.Published 1 month ago by Ellen Crockett
I haven't tried to make any of the projects in the book yet, but I do love it's layout and I'm looking forward to trying it out!Published 1 month ago by James
You can make fabulous fairies if you get this book to guide you. I have made them for table decorations,grand children's play and for my friends. Read morePublished 5 months ago by MaiMaibookie
Sally's little felt people are darling, she has good directions. There are fun projects. It takes a bit of practice to wrap the dolls, but everyone liked the ones I tried. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jane King