Waldorf art & craft supplies


My stash of beautiful Waldorf art and craft supplies makes me happy *grin*

Wonderful vibrant colours, soft warm wool and felt, the lovely scent of beeswax inspire me (and my children) to get crafty and creative!

Waldorf supplies can be expensive. But what I have learnt is that saving up and getting the better quality products makes such a difference! They are more beautiful to work with and the end result is so much nicer.

We also treat the materials more carefully – almost reverentially – trying to make sure not to waste any, seeking to make the most of them and enjoying the process of using them. It seems to me that often Waldorf incorporates a little ritual in what could be the ordinary. The placement of a painting board and paints for example. The song you may softly sing as you place the paintbrush in the child’s waiting hands.

I’ve slowly built up my supplies over the last 3 years, waiting for specials or slowly working my way through my wish list. So I thought I would share with you what is in my stash, and where I purchase my materials from…

What’s in my stash

~ Gorgeous wool ~
For knitting up toys, vests or cardigans… think rainbows, Noro and other natural wool blends. My son also enjoys using 16ply block colours for finger knitting {I purchase mine from Indigo Inspirations, Yarn4You and Spotlight}

~ Wool roving ~
For wool paintings, wet felting and needle felting. I’ve only lightly dabbled with roving so far but would love to try my hand at making a wheel of the year. Unspun wool is also wonderful for filling toys {from Indigo Inspirations, Winterwood Toys and my local Steiner school shop}

~ Felt sheets ~
For dressing peg dolls, making gnomes, felt horses, wombats, mice and more! I’m rather addicted to hand painted rainbow felt sheets… {from Indigo Inspirations and my local Steiner school shop}

~ Water colour paints ~
For painting peg dolls, wet-on-wet painting or other creative endeavours {I’ve purchased mine from my local Steiner school shop, Winterwood Toys and Mercurius}

~ Milk paint ~
A lovely alternative to water colour paints with rich earthy tones… just calling out to bring fairy doors and gnomes to life {I purchased a sample kit from Gallagher’s 3 years ago and still have plenty for years more!}

~ Beeswax ~
For making candles or wood vanish, oooh it smells so good! {I’ve been getting mine from Ballina Honey on Ebay… would love to find a local beekeeper to purchase from or take up my mother-in-laws offer to have bees on her soon-to-be property!}

~ Wood supplies ~
Peg dolls {from Learning4Kids}, door knobs to magic into mushrooms and wooden planks from whence fairy doors and gnomes emerge {from our local hardware shop, Bunnings} and wooden rings to make ribbon streamers {from our local craft supplies shop, Spotlight}

~ Crayons, chalk and kite paper ~
For getting creative with drawing, and making window stars to capture the sunlight {from Mercurius and Winterwood Toys}

~ Silk blanks ~
For dyeing into all the colours of the rainbow as play silks or pretty scarves {from Dharma Trading}

So, what’s in your stash?
And, where do you get your supplies?

Warmly, Kelly

This post was part of the series
How to bring Waldorf into your home…’
by Kelly of Happy Whimsical Hearts

You can see more from this series here.

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply Jayne Marti November 11, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Me too – I love my supplies! Just love stroking them, they feel so gorgeous! I think I use pretty much the same suppliers as you. We are a bit stuck for choice here in Australia, and the increase in postage costs from the US hasn’t helped. Lovely photos!

    • Reply Happy Whimsical Hearts November 11, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks Jayne, I agree, shipping costs are so high! I still purchase some things overseas if I can’t get it here, or if even with shipping it is better value. Still love these supplies 🙂

  • Reply Zena November 11, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Such great high quality art supplies here. They last longer than cheaper brands and produce better art. Love knowing how and where people shop.

    • Reply Happy Whimsical Hearts November 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      I love knowing how and where people shop too 🙂 especially for their ‘Waldorf’ stuff!

  • Reply Xan November 12, 2014 at 4:58 am

    This is such a wonderful list of links, Kelly. Thank you! We use many of the same suppliers plus a few local ones to us here in SA. I’m so excited to know about getting peg dolls from Learning4Kids – I’ve had trouble finding a decent range from other stockists. Along with Spiral Garden and Winterwood, we also love Dragonfly Toys, Honeybee Toys, Indigo Inspirations and Rainbow Tree. What a list of beautiful, Australian online shops! Happy creating 🙂

    • Reply Happy Whimsical Hearts November 13, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      I was super excited when I discovered the peg dolls from Learning4kids too! I’d been buying in bulk from the States before that, which isn’t terribly cost effective! And yes, I also love the other shops you listed 🙂 so many beautiful, tempting things 🙂

  • Reply katepickle November 12, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Oooh beautiful art supplies and amazing colours make me happy too… 🙂

  • Reply Kelly November 12, 2014 at 6:34 am

    So much gorgeousness!!! LOVE!!

  • Reply Danya Banya November 12, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Oh how awesome that your mother in law might be getting bees! Oh the honey! And I’m loving your beautiful art supplies – I want to come over to play!

  • Reply Nichole {youclevermonkey} November 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    What a lovely collection of things Kelly! I love those hand painted felt sheets! They look gorgeous!
    My three love their peg people too so am very happy to find an Australian stockist at a reasonable price 🙂

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