Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Handmade Do-It-Yourself Holiday Gift part 2

Last week I was up to my elbows in wool, soap and water and eventually felt, so I took a break from blogging, but I thought I do a couple of short post this week. I am in mad-high-production mode while trying to build up my inventory for my winter shows.
during my last couple of post, I showed some of the stuff I have done with my scraps and wool roving. But what I should have said was 'Here are some great ideas for handmade holiday gifts!'. So this week I thought I re-touch on the ideas and show the kits and supplies listed in my Etsy shop so you can made your own.

The first was the longest scarf in the world- not really, but sometimes it feels that way! The supply pack I would recommend are my 'handmade wool felt square bags':

They have pre-cut felt squares that all you have to do is sew together two of the edges together and proceed down the scarf til the desired length is reached. It really is a very easy, but dramatic and functional handmade gift for the holidays!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

my Thursday mornings-Farewell

The farm is closed for the season and the workshares are done! The last day was one of the hardest we have had on the farm. We spread the 500, which I am not even going to get into here. If you would like more info, please search biodynamic farming! But I will tell you spreading the 500 is a strenuous job! We walk the entire length of the farm with liquid filled 5-gallon buckets and 'spread' all the hippy-dippy goodness. So we did that twice, then we worked to remove a green house that had been in one spot for 5 years. Trying to pull a tarp up that has 5-years of grass growth through it is not easy!

But, it is now done. We did get a few last crops that day: garlic, basil, kale, carrots, rutabagas. And as my sign-off from the farm until next year, yes I do plan on worksharing again, here is a photo of my favorite carrot of the season... careful it is a bit racy  

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

'What do I do with it?' week-ornaments

I also made these last winter for gifts. Hand-felted wool balls decorated into ornaments.

I started with some of my wool roving, formed a softball sized ball of roving, then dip in hot soapy water and felt into a small ball- not to tight, but enough for the ball to hold it's shape. Then let dry and hand decorate with thread, beads, dye, yarn- whatever else you can think of. Or try needle felting some decor on them. 
Please see my rockymountainfibers etsy store for wool roving!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

'What do I do with it?' week-stockings

I made these last year for my husband and my two stepsons. I really liked how they came out.

I used a large felt scrap for the stocking, cut to shape. Then I used other smaller pieces to compose the decor, sew down. Then sew the two stocking pieces together and add a little piece around the top with a piece of bias tape for the hanger! Pretty easy and a great gift for the little and big boys and girls!

Totally customizable for whom every you want! This one is my favorite!

Monday, November 1, 2010

'What do I do with it?' week-scarf

I thought this week I'd focus on some of the other work I do and what others could do with some of the supplies I sell in my rockymountianfibers store. There I sell crafting supplies like wool roving, alpaca roving and other roving, felt sheets, felt scrap baggies and natural fiber fabrics, I have been listing more and more bags of felt.
This scarf is one of the projects I made with some of my scrap felt pieces. It is about 10 feet long, so it wraps many times around my head. It is warm, soft with a nice cheeky-ness about it.

If this is something you are interested in making for some this holiday season, I would suggest buying one of my felt sheet baggies- any size- for a more custom made look and cut and sew the pieces together end to end. It is pretty easy to make, but a great and functional gift for someone in our life.