I love the idea of a waldorf story apron.
Mine isn’t all organic like a true waldorf. But it is completely hand made and painted. Not even a sewing machine. And the fleece skirt is a soft place for little people to land for a story. “Otâcimow” (a-chi-mo) is aparently “storyteller” in cree, so that is what I am calling it.
Even though I have 6 children, I’m not a babies all over me, romping kind of mom. So this really helps me too! It get’s me down to their level and gets them participating in the story with me all together. Even they like to take turns putting it on!
The bib is made of two circles of cotton/polyester fabric, painted in water color and set with vinegar. When they dried I ironed andb added quilt batton and sewed them together with a piece of bias tape for the neck strap. Then I added a green fleece blanket. Because of it’s stretch, I shaped it along the bottom of the round bib and hand stitched it on.
We have been trying to incorporate story telling play with the toddlers. One turns 4 soon, and can help tell the stories.
During nap time I teach him the story and play it out. And when the other two wake up, he tells them the story in his own words with the props I leave out for him.
We needed some more props that are also toddler friendly.
Today I made this Raven. From a wooden egg and two half wooden eggs I found in my stash, I hot gkued them into shape and painted black. Then I found black feathers for him. I think he looks a little ratty, but around here they are known for garbage picking. So I guess he desserves it!
From Aesops Fables, Native story telling, and even Bible stories, we need a raven for so many reasons!
My hands hurt from this one, but one of the babes has a birthday coming up! The big 0-2!
I used this design from themagicloop.com to begin with but with my crochet skill I modified the legs and body and added a different hood and the tail.
Im very pleased! I can only hope he might take to this doll as his pacifier and replace his ratty blanket!
Hatchet, Cratchet and Stash’et
Live in a little brown basket
They hide food from each other
Then forget half their plunder
And it grows up as trees the next summer.
I made these little squirels for the tots to learn about squirrel habbits and preparing for winter.
Pattern link. Laura Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org
The only change to the pattern I made was that I used strips of fabric instead of yarn for the tails. Sewn all the same way.
When I was little my mom use to make little people out of kleenex from her purse to keep me from wiggling. She would fold the kleenex in half and then wrap the middle of it around her finger. When she took her finger out we had a hooded doll! But no face
I made these puppets with that memory in mind. Here is a tutorial for a similar doll. I used a mans pocket hankin and folded it diagonally, longer in the back to add a layered look. I gathered the head area with my thumb inside it, instead if filling it, to make the hood.
I used popsicle sticks and 3 strands of crochet cotton. The head and left hand attach to one stick, and the right hand attached seperate to give it bigger movements.
Pretty sure there is a story to be found in them somewhere!
King Autumn is a puppet inspired by this tutorial.
“Someone” lost their electronics hour as a discipline and was of course bored. I don’t believe punishments should inspire more misbehavior. And though I would normaly give him ideas and tell him to have at them, I decided to join him instead.
We had a great time making this King from sheer material I had been given. And the background story we were able to make about him as we made him was great quality and quantity time!
He is King Autumn, King of Thankfulness. And he is the one who paints the leaves so we remember to look from heaven to earth at their beauty and remember their Creator, so we can be grateful for all that the Creator has given us.
Now, what was the chance my dear son would have come up with all that while playing a video game? !
School starts soon. And the 3 year old is more than annoyed he isnt climbing on the bus with hus siblings yet.
So i’m going to try to preschool him, and he gets “school” while I experiment ont that thing called home schooling!
Starting with a classic book, Hungry Hungry Caterpiller.
I found the book, and there is a great video on youtube.
Then I have made some role play characters to go with it and a few work pages in a reuseable book.
I still need the butterfly, I will need to find a pattern. But here is the progress so far!
I will leave a “pattern” but I know it is full of mistakes. Sorry.
Used my stash yarn and a 3.5mm needle
Curly cue is
35 ch and 4 dc in every chain
8 sc in a magic ring
2sc in ever sc
Sc around, two rounds.
1sc, dec repeat around.
Stuff and sc dec until closed.
Sew to curley cue. And embroider on eyes and sew on felt feelers.
Egg is a repeat of the head in white and add three more rows of sc in the middle to make it egg shaped.
ch20, 4dc in every chain to end.
Ch 10, attach to ch #5 and sl st back to the top of the spiral.
Add 2 leaves from the pattern:www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/small-leaf-3
Ch7, sl st in 2nd ch from end. Sc, dc, dc, sc, sl st and turn work to work the oposit side. Sl st, sc, dc, dc, sc, sl st. Finish off.
Big leaf is the pattern:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leaf-coas…
But I minimized the pattern:
Rnd 1: Ch2, 4 sc in the 2nd ch from hook (4)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc (8)
Rnd 3: 1 sc, inc (12)
Rnd 4: 2 sc, i (16)
Rnd 5: 3 sc, inc (20)
Rnd 6: 4 sc, inc (24)
Rnd 7: 5 sc, inc (28)
Rnd 8: 6 sc, inc (32)
Rnd 9: 7 sc, inc (36)
Rnd 10: 8 sc, inc (40)
Rnd 11: 9 sc, inc (44)
Rnd 12: 10 sc, inc (48)
Rnds13-19: 7 rnds with 1 sc in each sc
Rnd 20: 10sc,dec (44)
Rnd21: 1 Sc all the way around
Rnd 22: 9 sc, dec (40)
Rnd 23: 8 sc, dec (36)
Rnd 24: 4 sc, dec (30)
Rnd 25: 3 sc, dec (24)
Rnd 26: 2 sc, dec (18)
Rnd 27: 1 sc, dec (12)
Rnd 28: Decrease 6 times (6)
Now there are 6 sc left, flatten out the leaf and crochet a sl st in the first 2 sc, ch 10, 9 sc back, sl st in the last 2 sc. F/O.
My husband (and kids) have some native ancestory, so in celebration I creates this Native family. Its based off the Canadian Cree culture. I researched as much as I could to do them justice.
Sometimes creating is more than following your impulse to create. Sometimes it takes research so that the picture you are showing the world is beleiveable. I pinned about 30+ imagesbto pintrest and read up on native history to create this family. Yes, there is creatibe license, my brain was busy creating their unique design. But I can also see the appreciation for detail in my in-laws eyes when they look these dolls over.
My latest doll was actually made with a pattern. It was a free Edith Flack Ackley doll pattern (google it!) and I added ears instaed of hair. She also has a little rabbits tail under her petti coats! She is made if polar fleece and cotton. Only her tummy and head have stuffing. I really like a floppy doll look.
This might be the first one I am ready to sell…. Maybe!