Gnome Cradle and Carving Tools

For the past week, we've been sharing tutorials for making our Forest Gnome family. You can find the tutorials for them HERE and HERE.

To finish off this project, today I am sharing a tutorial on how the make the rustic Gnome Cradle. First, let me start by saying, I AM NO MASTER CARVER!  This is about the simplest wood carving around, but, it lends itself well to the forest gnomes!

Before we get started, let's talk a little about equipment. I am not to trusted with sharp pointy things. One birthday Michelle bought me needle felting supplies and Tim bought me carving tools. For the next few weeks I was covered in band-aids. The next year, Tim bought me marvelous Kevlar Gloves that are cut resistant, and I get far fewer ouchies when I'm carving. So highly recommend these!

When I started this project, I couldn't find my favorite carving knife. I use an Old Timer 4 blade Knife all the time. Growing up, my dad used an Old Timer...Read more

Forest Gnome Baby

Is there anything more precious than a new born baby? I think not! And, have you ever wondered where baby gnomes come from? Well, here's your chance to find out.

When Pixie and Fairy saw the new Forest Gnome Family, the first thing they both said was, "Where's the baby?"

Of course we needed a baby! Originally, I planned to make it exactly like the other Forest Gnomes, only smaller, but, as I started to put one together, I thought it would look ever so much cuter if it was wearing a tiny sleeper, all snug and cozy. Actually, I made a "whimsy" of Forest Gnome Babies.

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Support Handmade - July 2014

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the members of our Support Handmade program. At Wee Folk Art we cherish the work that small, handmade shop owners provide. We believe that items created with love do make a difference in the lives of the people they touch. We invite you to take a moment and browse theses shops. We are sure you will find something magical. To find out how your shop can become involved in our Support Handmade program click here.

 

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Woolies ~ Sara

Woolies combines my passion for knitting and my love of animals. Still a child at heart, I delight in the magic and joy that small animals bring to us. The comfort and warmth that a lovey portrays....I still have a few of my stuffed animals from my childhood long ago. They are cherished possessions.

We have 11 animals currently on our little ranch - 2 horses, 1 wild pony, 4 dogs, 3 cats and a desert tortoise, many

Wool Roving Forest Gnomes

The other day I was doing a workshop on making our Flower Fairies. While talking to one of the women, I mentioned that I was going to draw up a pattern for the very simple Wool Roving Forest Gnomes. She said, "You mean these?" And, she proceed to fold a piece of paper in half, and after a few snips with the scissors, opened the paper, and there was a pattern for these gnomes. "Wow", I said marveling at her speed. "I think you must have made a few of these!" Her eyes twinkled and she said, "You have no idea. I can make these in my sleep. You may need to clean up the edges a bit, and after you make the first one, draw a circle for the base, but this should get you going."

I wanted to credit her for the pattern, but she told me it was an old, traditional pattern, and belonged to the world. That may be the case, but thank you anyway, Vicky :)

So, I did "clean it up" a bit, and created a base. I then played with it to create 3...Read more

Did You Know?

Yesterday I was having lunch with a friend. We were talking about Wee Folk Art... where it's going and how we've grown. I was commenting on our latest site design.

Her: Oh, I know. It's so pretty.

Me: I agree it's pretty. Michelle did a beautiful job, but what I love most is the organization. I love how much easier it is the navigate the site.

Her: What do you mean?

Me: Well, for starters, I love the gallery buttons.

Her: What buttons?

Me: All those icons across the top of the page. You know, it's a row of flowers. If you click on them they will take you to specific galleries. We have photos of all the projects and links to the tutorials.

I then pulled up Wee Folk Art on my laptop and showed her.

Her: Hmmm. I never used them. I just thought they were part of the whole "look".

After playing around a bit, she looked up.

Her: Wow, these are great!

Thus, the reason for today's unplanned post. If you've been visiting Wee Folk Art and not using our Gallery Buttons, you've been missing out! After 6...Read more

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