12 November, 2012

Wool Felt Vegetable Patch

When Kelly of Happy Whimsical Hearts said she would like to make a wooden Scarecrow for our joint giveaway, I became very excited.
Not only because everything Kelly seems to touch with a wood-burning tool turns out wonderfully. But also because it triggered my memory of another crafty Mama, who had designed an interactive woolen vegie patch some time ago.

Talented Sara Hills of the blog 'Schooling from the Heart' won third prize with 'My Roots Go Down' in  Living Crafts magazine Winter 2009.
I've always been enamoured by her creation and thought here was my incentive to make my own version, for the giveaway. Happily Sara gave me her permission.

 The top layer is 3mm felt, hand-dyed brown with plant dyes. The bottom layer is Holland pure new wool felt. Sewn in between, to keep the mound's shape, is a piece of thick cardboard.

  I have cut out spaces in the cardboard for the vegetables, which are held in place by the slits cuts into the felt either side (once it was sewn).

The vegetables were wet felted and I used stranded cotton thread and wool felt for the leaves and seedlings.

I really love how it turned out, and so do my boys, aged 4 & 6.
They've asked me to make another one.
We'll see.


  1. My kids are also eyeing your very special veggie patch off Aleta ;-) Gorgeous work!!

    1. Ah yes Kelly. My boys were too!
      And if I do make another vegie patch down the track, I'll have to order one of your sweet scarecrows... you really have such a talent ღ

  2. Oh, I adore your veggie patch! And you've made parsnips! This is really special, Aleta. I love it.

    And thanks again for the sweet words about my pattern. :)

    1. I LOVE parsnips Sara!
      I had ambitions to do tomatoes too, just wasn't sure how to get around that without using pipe-cleaners, which wouldn't be terrible 'eye' friendly if you got down close...
      My sweet words about your work are very much deserved ♥

  3. That is precious! What a fun idea!


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