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A Spring Story Apron

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Years ago I came across a photo of a beautiful story apron, and I found the idea so very enchanting.

The idea that you could create a magical storytelling setting by wearing a special apron. An apron that has a flowing silk skirt and little pockets wherein the characters for your story reside.

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So now that I have a new crafting obsession ~ needle felting ~ I thought I would try my hand at creating such a story apron for Ruby’s Waldorf kindergarten teacher. A spring story apron with lovely lush greenery and a lovely blue sky above.

I started with a felted jumper as my base and sewed pockets from the same material into place.

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Then I layered beautiful wool roving and felted it into place, layering more as I went, slowly building up this whimsical storytelling setting.

Once I was happy with the felted picture I hand sewed the silk skirt and ribbon ties into place. Next time I would use a machine and do this first because my finish was not a neat as I would like.

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Then I used a green gradient yarn and blanket stitched around the apron bib piece completing the apron.

I wrapped the apron up in cloth and tied it with yarn. Gifting it to Ruby’s teacher and her class. One day I hope to see the story apron being used *smile*

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You can see my first felt tapestry here and my other handmade creations here.

???  And follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see snippets of our days ???

Blessings, Kelly

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Making a Waldorf weighted doll

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A few weekends ago I had the most beautiful experience.

I birthed my first proper Waldorf doll, led by the talented and patient Mary Hirsh-Jones.

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Learning to make a Waldorf doll is something I have dreamed about for many a year.

But for a variety of reasons, such as my little ones needing me at home, it hadn’t come to pass.

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So I was so very happy to be joining the circle of women to create and share.

And there really is something very powerful about a circle of women who meet with positive intentions. For me it led to an outpouring of creativity and a filling up of my soul cup.

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As we started, Mary asked us to think intentionally about what we are creating, for whom and what we pour into that process. Keeping our thoughts in a kind and supportive place, so our love could infuse our babies as they are birthed.

The intentionality of Waldorf doll making is one of the aspects that really sets these distinctive dolls apart.

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So I held my son Teddy, in my mind’s eye, as I began to take the steps to create his baby.

Making the doll’s head was a very involved process, with much layering and wrapping of wool, shaping with string and bringing to life with the simplest of eyes and mouth.

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Throughout the day I was amazed to see the Waldorf babies emerging from the beautiful natural materials and our hands.

Each so distinctive, a reflection of the child the baby would go home to.

We felt so beautifully supported through this creative process with Mary leading the way, helping and guiding throughout.

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Thank you lovely Mary, I can’t wait to join you as you tour Australia again next year.

For anyone interested in attending Mary’s Waldorf workshops in Australia next year you can join this Facebook group.

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You can read about Mary’s felt tapestry course here and more of my handmade projects here.

???  And follow along on Facebook and Instagram to see snippets of our days ???

Blessings, Kelly

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