Clothing, Household, Organization, Closet, Cleaning

Too Excited Not To Share... NOW!

I do not normally post on the weekend, but this morning I came across this pattern for a beautiful pair of mittens (which can be found HERE):

and was dying to find out if my local yarn shop carried this yarn/color. (It is Crystal Palace - Mini Mochi, #101 - Intense Rainbow.)

I was the first one at their shop this morning, and YAY... they had the yarn! I plan to knit up a pair for myself (Is that wrong? Always feels wrong somehow to knit for myself!) When done, I will create a scarf to match. (They have a hat to match, which can be found HERE, but for the most part, women in our family don't look smashing in hats, so we tend to save wearing them for the most inhospitable weather when we are willing to ignore appearance for warmth!) Anyway... it will require tons of will power not to get my needles out... but I have a busy day ...and miles to go before I knit, ...and miles to go before I knit :)

BTW... Tim gave me an early Christmas gift last night... a macro lens... "It's yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility." He's such an enabler!

How To's and Stitch Glossary

Stitch Glossary: Here is a collection of detailed illustrations to help you with our most commonly used embroidery stitchces.

How Tos: Here is a collection of tutorials and tips that will help you with things like working with felt or reducing and enlarging patterns.

Updated FAQS

Latest Update: 3/30/13
Note: Policies can change. Please check back for changes :)

As I sit here, faced with the task of updating our Frequently Asked Questions, I understand why legislators are so reluctant to update their state’s constitutions… it’s NOT FUN! But given the fact that we have evolved, grown and changed so much over the years, it is task that cannot be swept under the rug. So here I sit, with no more enthusiasm than when I originally worked on our FAQs, but determined to get it done as quickly and as painlessly as possible!

Although I would like to think this is the last time I have to address this issue, I know it won’t be. If any info in the FAQ changes or if we add additional content, we’ll highlight those in our blog. Please take the time to read through our FAQs. I would hate to think I invested the time… yet again… doing this for naught! So… go grab a cup of coffee and meander through with us. If you think of a question we left out or if our answers are unclear, please, please, please speak up! Contact info can be found at the end of this article. So here goes!

Who are you guys? Fair question :) Wee Folk Art is a mother/daughter team with a mutual love of crafting and the gentle art of homemaking. With the "wee folks" in mind, most of our crafting is focused on children. We do, however, throw in crafts for the home, self or yummy recipes just to keep it interesting. I am Kimara, the "sage" mother, and have a degree in elementary education and home economics, which I received just this side of the dark ages! Michelle, the "innovative" daughter, earned her degree in fine arts from a rival university in the much less distant past, majoring in graphic arts and photography. We are both stay-at-home moms, guess I’m now a stay-at-home Gammy, that spend our days homeschooling and crafting. We both share a belief that less is often better, as long as the less has quality. We love working with natural materials, and are ever mindful of respecting our environment. We hope that is reflected in our crafts.

All of the patterns on your site say Copyright. What does that mean? All of our patterns and directions are original. Although the “concepts” cannot be copyrighted… hey, who would own the copyright on a doll or a coaster, BUT, the patterns, directions, PDFs, and photos ARE copyrighted. In a nutshell, nothing from our website can be copied without our permission.

We do give permission for people to copy patterns and directions for their own use. We do give permission for people to use one or two of our photos online if there is a direct link back to us. Our photos, directions and PDFs should NEVER be downloaded directly to your site or altered in any way. (You do have permission to download one or two photos from an article to share on Facebook, Pinterest or your blog as long as you give a link directly back to Wee Folk Art.) If you wish to use our materials in another manner, please email us for permission at .
Can I sell items made from projects on your website? Yes, with these conditions:
*You contact us to receive permission. We reserve the right to refuse requests.
*You must give credit to Wee Folk Art for the design: "Designed by".
*The projects are made by you and sold by you. In other words, you cannot use a third party to make the designs that you turn around and sell. We are giving permission for small, cottage industry business and charitable groups to use our patterns on a small scale.
*You may never sell or distribute photos, pdf's or instruction for any reason.
*If selling the items online, you must include the link to your shop.
*We reserve the right to reverse our decision at any time and for any reason. You will be contacted via your site if that should occur and you will be required to immediately discontinue the sale of items made using our patterns.

We are doing a fund raiser. Any chance I can make some of your projects to sell for a non-profit organization? First off, we'd like to commend you for your charity. We are delighted to play even a small part, such as sharing our patterns, with charitable efforts. Please make sure to follow all the guidelines listed above in the "copyright" and "selling items made from our patterns" section. As stated above, we reserve the right to refuse requests.

I know your online pattern pieces are on PDFs, but it would sure make my life easier if you turned all your directions into PDFs. Any plans to do that? We do not have plans to do that at this time. Perhaps someday. In the meantime, if you'd rather work from written directions instead of the computer, you can copy the directions, take them into a word processing program, and print them for yourself. PLEASE NOTE: Our directions are lengthy and there are tons of photos. You may want to go through and delete the photos so you don't empty your ink cartridges :)

Can we link to your website? Absolutely! As a matter of fact we LOVE being linked to. It is the “bestest” way to make new friends. You can either link to us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr or a blog. If you have a blog, feel free to incorporate one of our totally sweet BUTTONS on your site. And, thank you for wanting to share our site with your friends! And, now for some total hypocrisy…

Will you Link Share? You may have noticed we do not maintain a blog roll, and seldom link to another site. That is not the nature of our blog. There are so many wonderful blogs out there that we deal with every day, we would feel awful if we didn’t include all our friends and their fabulous blogs. So, instead of hurting anyone’s feelings, we chose instead not to link to other sites. (Hardly seems fair, does it, when we encourage others to link to us?)

Having just said that… there are two ways that you can be linked to on our blog. First, when you leave a comment, feel free to link to relevant information or photos from a personal blog, Flickr account, Ravelry, or other social networks, BUT, it is not meant to be used solely for the purposes of advertising. Comments made with the express purpose of personal gain will be removed.

Wee Folk Art does have a Facebook account. There, I link to our readers’ websites all the time. So, although we don’t usually link to other sites on Wee Folk Art, I just might link to your website on Facebook! BTW... if you have a project that you think we'd enjoy seeing, just send us an email or post it on WFA's Facebook Wall, and we will definitely drop by a take a look :)

I think your website is great and I just gave you an award. Will you pass it on? We receive many awards from our readers and are touched each and every time we do. We always take time to acknowledge them and say “thank you” but trust me when I tell you, I’m a weak link! I’m always the killjoy who breaks chain letters and emails. So, please, please, please, do not take it personally if we don’t play along, pass along awards or post our accolades on the site. We’ve decide not to post any awards instead of accidentally missing some. I am just such a slacker when it comes to those things… but an appreciative slacker!

How do you handle criticism? If I find a mistake do you want to know about it? The answer is, yes, of course, especially in our tutorials. As all of our patterns and directions so cleverly state:

We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave you scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

Please remember, we are turning out patterns at an alarming rate… and without a net! (AKA editors!) So, if you notice a typo, just grin and know we actually are decent spellers, and that spelling mistakes just slip past us sometimes. We can live with a few typos. But, if we’ve left out a step in the directions, mislabeled a stitch, or have done anything else that impacts the quality of a project, please let us know immediately. I suppose, in that respect, our readers are our editors! It is best to post a comment under the offending post. We check comments more frequently than emails.

And on that same note... our "DISCLAIMER"!
We make every effort to share patterns and directions as accurately as possible. But we are human, although I often long for superhuman powers, and as humans, mistakes will be made. Before beginning any of our patterns, think of yourself as a Beta Tester. We do not have a staff, editors or even volunteers that are crafting our projects before we share them. YOU are the first to have a go at them. As such, other than a heartfelt apology, we accept no responsibility for mistakes made, or in an extreme circumstance, for time or supplies wasted. Please tackle our projects in the same manner that we are sharing them, with a spirit of goodwill and global friendship!

Who designed your blog and where is it hosted? Who takes care of your personal computer issues? Or… Nitty Gritty blog talk! For those of you who don’t “know” me, I meet my darling Tim on years ago. In my profile, when asked what I was looking for in a man, I said… “MUST be able to repair my computer!” True story! Since that day, the man has been dinking around in my computer. I have him changing things and writing new programs as often as I have him move perennials! I say… “I want…” he says… “Not a problem.” How lucky am I? He tells me, and I have to take his word at this, that we are hosted on Host Gator, and our platform is Drupal.

As for the absolutely adorable web design… that is all Michelle! She has a degree in graphic arts and definitely has an eye for detail. She frets over things I can’t discern, but since the final product is flawless, I can only assume the Devil’s in the detail! Can’t argue with success, right?

Can we advertise on your site? Yes! We are currently accepting new sponsors. Visit our Wee Folk Art Sponsorship Page for more information. 

Do you use affiliates? Yes, we are currently an Amazon affiliate. This means that if you click on an Amazon link on our page, Amazon uses a cookie to track your purchases and we receive compensation for the referral.
Contact Information:
Email Kimara and Michelle:

Wee Folk Art Flickr Group
Wee Folk Art on Face Book
Wee Folk Ravelry Group
You made it through. Good for you and thanks for taking the time. Whew!

Reposting of our Handprint Sand Candles

We are on our way to our favorite apple orchard for a wagon ride, apple picking, and, of course, delicious cider and hot donuts. YUM! There is also a wonderful petting zoo and barnyard play area. Bug, Fairy and Pixie are looking forward to sharing the experience with Little Lady.

While we are off doing that, we wanted to repost a favorite activity to do with the wee ones. Although it is not specifically an autumn craft, we find the finished product makes a lovely addition to our fall/Halloween decorations. Check out our Handprint Sand Candles HERE. Enjoy!

Girl Raffia Doll

The adage "necessity is the mother of invention" is never as obvious as when a parent is trying to fashion a toy for a child when traditional toys are unavailable. A hankie becomes a "pew doll", a piece of paper becomes an airplane or a "cooty catcher", and a handful of vines or flowers can be braided into a crown. Children are very good at creating their own toys, too. I read an article that said that most popular outside toy for a child is a STICK. Yep, just your garden variety, backyard stick. Think of the possibilities!

At one time, toys were a luxury to most children. Because of that, resourceful parents made toys from discarded items or items found in nature. Corn husks, straw and other plant fibers were often the basis for toys. Bits of fabric scraps and wood pieces were saved and fashioned into toys. Following that tradition, our dolls are made from raffia, which comes from the raffia palm, indigenous to Africa. Because raffia has very long fibers, it lends itself well to make dolls very similar to the yarn dolls we shared last year. I pulled fabric from my wee pieces stash bin. Although we are sharing our how-to, this is a very "ish" project. Follow our general directions, but delight in the fact that each and every doll will be unique.

embroidery floss
calico scraps
large embroidery needle

Take raffia out of its wrapper and hang.

Find a lid or book for wrapping the height of the doll you wish to make. You can also cut a piece of cardboard to size. Mine is 7 1/2"

Cut off several strands of raffia, and holding it at the bottom of your lid, wrap the raffia around the lid. IMPORTANT: your ends must start and stop at the bottom of your lid. Continue wrapping strands until you are happy with the size.

Slip a thick piece of raffia under all the raffia loops at the top and tie tight and securely. This will be the top of the head. Leave the ends for now.

Using another piece of raffia, create the neck by wrapping raffia around the neck several times. Tie off the neck tight and secure. This should be about 1 1/2" from the top of the head. Thread one end of the raffia tie through a needle, and weave the ends through the neck a couple of times, and clip close to the neck.

Clip the bottom loops of the raffia.

To make the arms, again wrap raffia around your lid. The arms should be about half as thick as the body. Tie off the raffia about 1 1/2" from the bottom of the lid, and then cut through the loops at the bottom. This will give you a long rope of raffia, tied at one end.

Tape the tied end to a work surface, and braid the raffia. You will want your arms to be about 7 1/2". I find it easiest to braid farther, then tie off the end at 6 1/2" and cut through the braid at 7 1/2".

DON'T throw away your scraps! Simply take the raffia you cut off, secure it in the middle, weaving in the ends, and you have a corn stalk bundle! Also, save your little scraps. You can use these in other projects... you never know!

Separate the raffia on the body in two. Slip the braided arms between the divided raffia, and push up toward the neck. Now, tie off the waist like you did the neck.

At this point, weave in the ends on top of the head. (Not pictured.)

Any number of materials can be used for hair: dyed raffia, corn silk, yarn, etc. Staring at the forehead, tack on small amounts of hair using 6 strands of matching floss. (About 9" long.) Keep adding more strands around a center part until you get to the middle of the back of the head. Tie off. You can now "style" the dolls hair into a low ponytail, braids, a nape bun, or leave it flowing. I tied off mine to make a low ponytail. NOTE: If you would like a bun high on the head, tack on hair around the hairline instead of down the middle.

Using 6 strands of floss, add eyes and a mouth. I used straight stitches for the eyes. For the mouth, I used straight stitches, then wrapped the straight stitches several times. Your starting and finishing knots can be hidden on the back of the head.

If the bottom of the doll is uneven, clip the bottom a little to even it out. (Not pictured)

To make the bodice, ripe a piece of fabric 1" by about 15". (You can learn about ripping fabric HERE.)

Lay the piece behind the doll's neck. The wrong side of the fabric should be against the doll. Crisscross the fabric over the doll's chest. Turn the doll over and tie the ends. Clip off the extra fabric, by cutting on an angle or in Vs. 

To determine the size of the skirt, measure from the waist to the bottom of the doll. SUBTRACT 1". This will be the length. For the width, add about 3". (Remember, this is an "ish" thing :) Rip a rectangle of fabric to these measurements.

Along one long side of the fabric rectangle, sew a running stitch using 6 strands of floss. (Not pictured.) Gather the fabric around the waist and tie off securely. You can either work the ends in, or tie in a bow.

Tah dah... done :) Make one or make a whole village. I will share the directions for the boy later in the week.
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