Quit beating yourself up people. There is still time to sign up for the Needle Felting Christmas Ornament Class this Saturday, November 10th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There -- aren't you relieved you didn't miss it!
We'll use holiday cookie cutters to make great ornaments, like these Santas.
You can also make candy canes, gingerbread men, snowmen, stars, or just about anything you can think of. If we have the cookie cutter, you can make it!
Even if you've never needle felted before, you can do this craft! Think of needle felting with cookie cutters as your gateway drug to other fiber crafts.
This class is one of the most fun classes we teach all year. Not a whole lot of concentration is needed; no counting or reading patterns like in knitting, so we have room to talk, joke and, in general, have a jolly old time.
If you'd like to join us, call 440-829-3644 to register.
Yesterday was the start of our new, all-day, second and fourth Wednesday of the month Sit-N-Knit/Spin/Hook. That's a mouthful to say, itsn't it.
What it means is that on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, the farm is open to anyone who wants to come to knit, rug hook, spin . . . or whatever other fiber addition (legal, of course) they practice. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and people are welcome to drop in anytime.
And drop in they did.
We started the morning off with the hookers.
They came armed with completed rugs.
Rugs in progress.
Rugs with a touch of glimmer and shimmer.
Some of the hookers came armed with knitting. These are multi-talented fiber addicts. Why limit yourself to one addiction when there are so many out there.
Shortly after the hookers/knitters left to find lunch in the near-by town of Oberlin, my cousin and her friend showed up to needle felt and learn to spin.
My cousin Renee is a fiber newbie. She CURRENTLY doesn't have any sort of fiber addiction, but I'm doing my best to fix that.
Renee brought her friend Glenna to the farm to learn to spin.
But we couldn't let Renee sit here, on a beautiful day, without any sort of fiber in her hands.
So we handed her really sharp needles and a bit of wool and told her to get busy.
Soon, she was a expert at needle felted pumpkins . . . and bandage application.
Perhaps another addict is born? Time will tell.
Glenna experienced the same difficulties I did when learning to spin. But after a few hours, she was starting to get the hang of it. Who knows, maybe two fiber addicts were born yesterday. One can only hope!
Later in the day, more hookers came to spend a exceptionally warm fall evening with us.
Melissa assured me that her turkey rug was not going to be done for Thanksgiving. It is a Christmas present for her parents. I was starting to feel my old friend Mr. Underachivement visiting me, but knowing that this rug won't be done in mere weeks made me feel better.
But then, she pulled out two recently completed pillows and underachivement came flying right back in.
It didn't go away anytime soon because Lauren, one of the students at a recent Deanne Fitzpatrick-style hooking class held here at the farm, came by with her completed rug.
My rug from the same class is still without sky, completed houses or rolling hills.
But I'm taking my cues from Scarlett O'Hara and not going to let it botter me today. I'm going to think about that tomorrow.
Today, it is an unseasonably warm and sunny day. I'm going to go "play" in the herb garden . . . and dream about completing a rug.
By the way -- our next Wednesday, all-day fiber addict adventure is November 14. Come on out. We're also here this Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for more of the same.
We held a fiber-y pre-Christmas class at the Farm this past Saturday.
It may have been warm and beautiful outside, but we were thinking Winter. We made snowmen and santas and even gingerbread men. A good time was had by all.
This was a very festive group.
They make look like serious santa makers, but don't let those looks of concentration fool you. This was a creative bunch.
They gave their santas personalities.
They gave their gingerbread men hearts.
They stabbed themselves in their fingers with very sharp needles and carried on.
Yes, this was one tough group of felters.
When the table looks like this at the end of a crafting session, I consider it a success!
It's November people! I don't know how that happened when it should clearly be early September, but the calendar does not lie. There it was this morning, plain as day: November 1st.
Before you get too busy with turkeys (the kind that go in the oven, not the kind that are related to you. Never get the two mixed up. Could be dangerous -- not to mention messy!), why don't you make plans to join us for a relaxing day taking out your frustrations with sharp needles.
The farm is offering a class in Needle Felting a Santa Ornament and a Snowman.
It's easy, it's fun and best of all, even if you think you are a non-crafty person, You Can Do This!
Needle felting involves taking a special needle and natural fiber (in this case, wool and alpaca) and attaching the fiber to itself in fun shapes. The Santa above was shaped in a cookie cutter, no artistic skills necessary. The snowman is just three round ball shapes. Anybody, no matter how craft-challenged you think you are, can make a round ball shape!
You'll go home with an ornament to either give as a gift or keep for yourself. (I'd hang it on the tree and then tell everybody that comes to your house that yes indeedy, you DID make that. Why are they so surprised??) And you'll make a snowman to warm your holiday mantle.
Most importantly, we always, always, always have fun at needle felting class. Class is Saturday, November 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. No experience required. Beginners and experienced felters alike are welcome.
Registration is open now and limited to eight people. Grab a friend or two and come spend the morning with us learning a new craft or perfecting your needle felting skills.
Don't panic! You still have time to regiser for this Sunday's (October 9) Needle Felting Pumpkins and Card Making Class.
There. Aren't you relieved. Thought you missed it, didn't you.
But, in all seriousness, this is a great class. It's fun, it's easy and if you think you are craft-challenged, this is the class for you. Don't tell anyone, but it doesn't require a whole lot of craftiness. Just a willingness to have fun. And the end product is as cute as can be. People will marvel at your skill. They will think you are the new Martha.
The pumpkins are needle felted using roving, a felting needle and a large block of foam for stabbing. You get to take out all your aggressions and anger on a little piece of foam. I guarantee you that you'll go home all stress-free and lovin' life.
In addition to the 3-D pumpkin, you'll make a cookie cutter felted greeting card.
Send it to your craftiest friend. Show her (or him) that you've got talent. That you are not a rookie in the craft department. You've got skills.
The class is only $15 and you can register on-line. But space is limited. Don't be the last on your block to know how to needle felt a pumpkin!
Fall means back to school, and it's no different down here on the farm.
Join us Sunday, October 9th from 1 to 3 p.m. for a Needle Felted Pumpkin and Card Making Class.
The pumpkin and card are easy, easy, easy to make, but you don't have to let anybody know that.
Think of the ohhs and ahhhs you'll receive when you put these fluffy pumpkins on the Thanksgiving table. Nobody will notice the turkey is burnt and the potatoes are lumpy, they will only have eyes for your needle felted pumpkin!
No experience is necessary. Even if you think you are not in the least bit artsy, you can do these crafts.
Registration and pre-payment are required and space is limited.
So go back to school this fall -- craft school, that is. We guarantee you'll get an A.
Twice a month, we offer open Sit-N-Knits at the farm.
We knit. We talk. We tell bad jokes. We eat sweets. And we laugh. Boy do we laugh.
But mostly we knit.
We knit socks.
We knit intricate beaded shawls that need detailed patterns.
Sometimes we accidentally pull out the row we are working on, but no worries. Other knitters will come to the rescue and then we can stay calm and knit on.
And sometimes we decide not to knit at all, but to learn a new skill -- like needle felting. And even though we are months away from pumpkin season, if pumpkins are the easiest thing to learn to needle felt, we needle felt a pumpkin.
I enjoy the heck out of the Sit-N-Knits. Mostly because you never know what is going to happen. For instance, many people bring a treat to pass and share. But sometimes, you never know what a knitter will show up with.
O.K., O.K., this wasn't an actual treat to share among the knitters. It was a gift from one knitter to another's cat, but the cans sat on the table next to the goodies. It certainly made me wonder.
Make plans to join us for the next Sit-N-Knit. They are held the first Tuesday and the last Saturday of every month, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.-ish. If you've never knit before, don't worry. Bring some needles and a bit of yarn and somebody in the group will be able to help you start.
I promise we will give you only cheesecake and cookies . . . no cat food.
We've been very lucky this past year. Friends from near and far have come to the farm to wish us well and help us get started with this whole operation.
Friends from New Mexico, Missouri, Louisiana, Oregon, and lots of Ohioans and Floridians have all been generous enough with their time to pay us a visit -- and sometimes lend us a hand! This weekend was no exception as Florida was represented again.
Our friend Isobel flew up for the weekend. She must have gotten word that we are requiring all out-of-state farm visitors to bring gifts, and lots of 'em, because she came through with the goods.
Check out these beautiful, handmade Christmas gift tags.
(Just for the record, there really isn't a gift requirement -- far from it. We just like seeing our friends. But if they have the silly, misguided notion that gifts are part of the visitation rights, who am I to stop them!)
We spent the weekend visiting with the goats and the alpacas.
Another friend, Heather, enjoyed her visit with Joey the Llama.
Joey loves all the ladies. He doesn't give a hoot about any guys that visit, but he sure does love the gals. I think his real name should be Casanova.
After all the animal hugging was done, we got down to some serious crafting.
We needle felted pumpkins, snowmen and baby chickens.
It was a real Ohio farm themed weekend.
But, before you knew it, it was back to reality.
I've told Joey the bad news -- "his" girls were gone. He has to settle for me and Farmer Gal until more visitors stop in. I hope he'll be able to cope.