The Balloon Tree

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Coming together in a circle of women to create and share is a special thing.

Two weekends ago, that is what I did.

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We sat circling the most luscious collection of wool. The colours, textures and scent enticed us.

And there I discovered the – so very addictive – art of needlefelting tapestries.

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We were guided by lovely Waldorf artisan Mary Hirsch-Jones.

Mary has been touring this wonderful country of ours, teaching groups of women how to make weighted Waldorf dolls, create felt tapestries and more!

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Mary supplied us with a hessian rice pack to work on, which was a lovely change to the usual foam.

She poured delightful wool into the center of our circle, enticing us with the colours and textures. So much beautiful fibre to choose from!

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With me, was my somewhat battered copy of the storybook, The Balloon Tree by Phoebe Gilman.

A story my mother read to me as a child, and which I now read to my children.

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The Balloon Tree is a story of hope and overcoming adversary.

Moon balloon, moon balloon, tickle the tree

Four balloons, more balloons, blossom for me

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As I chose fibre and started laying it and felting it into place, I held the story and illustrations in my mind. Slowly building the tree up out of the tapestry.

Before the beautiful balloons bloomed out, a riot of rainbow colour.

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I will be felting more pictures I am sure. What a special day and a special craft to learn

Blessings, Kelly

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6 Comments

  • Reply Zena October 19, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    I gasped in the beauty of your balloon tree felted tapestry. Marvelous to see your favourite childhood story come to ‘life’.

    • Reply Kelly October 24, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      What a super lovely thing to say Zena. I still feel like pinching myself that *I* made it 🙂 such fun!

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  • Reply Anna November 20, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Wow! That is stunning! Working with wool is so tactile and sensuous, I love it too and the effects are so harmonious and beautiful. Well done. I love it! Hope you have it hung up somewhere special. I bet your children were enchanted by it. Clever mummy!

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