Stone Weaving – Nature Crafting Together With Kids
I’m introducing you to another special creative now, Jenny Marklund from The Swedish Bushcrafter blog – a creator of fun and unique crafts to make for and with children. My favourites crafts created by Jenny just have to be her alphabet stones, bubble printing on fabric, and this gorgeous scrap fabric rocket ship toy.
Jenny is another one of the 18 creative ladies I am working alongside on the publication of the first MollyMoo ebook, due to be published after the summer (excitement is building on that project – I’d love to be able to introduce all the contributors to you here before the book is published :)
I’m delighted Jenny is with us today to share a darling ‘stone weaving’ idea – wouldn’t these make gorgeous gifts for birthdays, christmas and for teacher appreciation!! off to the beach I go this weekend to gather some nice smooth circular stones.
Hi! I’m excited to be here! I’m Jenny a creative dreamer and textile crafter living in Sweden. On any other day you can find me over at The BushCrafter exploring fun ways to get crafty together with children.
These early summer days are best spent outside, and if you are anything like me, you often find yourself with heavy pockets, laded down with those ‘perfect’ stones and other funny things we find and hoard on beach walks or muddy backyards.
If you don’t already have some large smooth rocks at home you need to go for a walk, on a mission to find at least one perfect for this project. I would say: not too small, but just as big as you want!
I’m delighted to be sharing one of my favourite little weaving crafts with MollyMoo readers. You have to give it a try!
This is such a quick and easy weaving project, requiring minimal preparation time. Here’s all you need to get started:
- Large smooth stones
- Felt fabric
- Scissor, knife, needle and tread
Though the process of weaving, your kids will not only enhance fine motor skills they will get an opportunity to recognise and create patterns as they go along. It can truly be a fun project for the whole family. Enjoy!
Let’s get started:
Trace the shape of the stone on to the felt fabric. This will be our base piece.
Cut out a circle in felt, approx 1-1.5 inches bigger than the stone. This will be our top piece.
Cut out eight lines in the circle with your craft knife. These slits will later become our loom.
Lay the circle on the stone and sew it on, as shown in the photograph, using a needle and fine sewing thread. Shaping the fabric to fit the stone will create a few bubbles in the fabric on the edges, we cover them up by adding the bottom piece of felt.
…and sew it on
Now our stone loom is ready for weaving!
For the actually weaving you will need a big needle and some colourful yarn.
Simply secure the beginning of the yarn under the felt and weave your way around. Start weaving at the center of the stone and work your way outwards.
Using different texture and thickness of your yarn naturally makes an interesting pattern.
To me it almost looks like a cake with banana slices, soft cream and strawberry jam!
I put a flower at the top of the stone, you could embellish in other ways – by adding embroidery or some pearls maybe.
I do hope you are inspired to have a go at this simple weaving with nature project!
For more nature inspired tutorials check out:
Hear me roar! – a Mother Lion doily pillow
I contribute to Michelle’s Simple Kids Craft Ideas pinterest board and will keep adding more simple weaving and nature crafts there over the summer months and onwards. Make sure you’re following us there for oooodles more inspiring crafts to make with and for children.
Thanks SO much for sharing this gorgeous craft tutorial with my readers and I today Jenny.
time to get your crafty pants on everyone!!