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Saturday, May 28, 2011

preparing the felts for the next story venture

what's going n down there?
Well, first of all in our Saturday crafting we had the pleasure of welcoming home educating Marie from Canada again with her two lovely little girls sporting those endearing felted head bands (see above) - so perfect for when the chill is still in the air...

guess who made me?!
Camera run out of battery this week, but only after having caught this turkey before his take-off to next week's Story-Scape to meet up there with the Owl and the Pussy Cat.

But finding stories on stage here meanwhile was a doddle for this wee girl and her dad:

Friday, May 27, 2011

Town hall crafting tomorrow - and glimpse of impromptu playzone last week

Hello dragon, I bring you a flower...

Last week there was meant to be first time since the beginning of Making Space a Penicuik Townhall Open House without our fabulous felts, so to not too overstretch our free human resources... BUT... Well, one member could not bear the thought to abandon ship, and took herself hither with landscapes and creatures... to the absolute delight of little Sophie and a few more little ones.

It was actually really relaxing to be around there and to only give time to playing and to meeting people!
(see our May album for a few more pics of this and everything else in the merry month of May)

Tomorrow we will be back and work more on creating some figures for our next story scape session, figures belonging to the owl and the pussy cat rhyme.
{courtesy of 'Home office mall'}

Otherwise - well lets see what you had in mind to create?

Maybe paint with wool (wet-flat-felting) scenes from


Sunday, May 22, 2011

our Second Story Scape session: with Puff the Magic Dragon

Puff the Magic Dragon has rescued the Princess!
After our Story-scape song and mime the magic scene unfolds of dreaming little boy finding blue dragon in green cave, travelling the seas, rescuing princess from pirates, and sailing back home again to tell his story.

It was party time allround, and such a joy to let the children, grouped according to age and all together, explore the different characters and magical felts. The colour and feel of felt refreshes sight and touch, and stimulates the imagination and interaction.

Follow our foot and finger steps of this our second fun packed story scape session on our photoalbum from picture #41 through to #71 and catch a glimpse of Puff and friends sailing through this wee video here:

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Just in case you have not become aware of this: today is NO Crafting in the Community Session in the Townhall, because we are now in our new rhythm, were we do our skill share crafting during the Saturday Townhall Open House now only every other week (= the each second and each fourth Saturday of the month!) at the usual time, 11.30pm- 1.30pm

At the same time we are meeting interim - on random childcare suitable hours, with kids and without kids - to continue making the growing characters (human and animal) and other sets for our STORY SCAPE scenes. If you like to join us, you are warmly invited to join us! (please contact Ruth on 07818 061918)

yesterday: Puff the magic dragon made by Sarah, and the boat made by Jenni
Please come along and join us every first and third Friday afternoon, between 2 and 3pm, in the Penicuik library to have some story telling fun!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Felting fun

Making Space was a bee-hive of activity last Saturday at the Town Hall.

My first creation, age 6
Loving the texture of wool, age 2


We had new visitors of varying ages, repeat visitors and those that hadn't been for a while who wanted to participate. So it was a busy craft area!

Ready for definition

We continued to make further items for our future Story-scape Sessions. And since we are focussing on a maritime theme - fish, crabs and jellyfish were created.

A change from the blue



Excitement & enthusiasm
Further work continued on our fabulous sea-scape. We also finished our sea-loch landscape and both together give us more scope for 'placing' our tales.

Of course, we also encourage you to experiment and create something that appeals to you. All creations are encouraged; come along and have a go!
We are looking forward to creating new and adadpting older stories for the children on Friday afternoons.

Jenny worked on the little boy, called Jackie Piper, and templates for a castle and a boat were trialled out for our Friday Story-scape Session. This Friday our stories are Puff, The Magic Dragon and the Sunshine story, with some more songs, accompanied on guitar, too.
Puff is being magically felted into being by Sarah and it will be exciting to see his entry on the big stage! Can you imagine what he will look like? There's much speculation.

The princess is coming along. What a difference from the life-less skittle shape she used to be!
Fish creation
 A Princess is coming

See you for some stories, songs and fun this Friday 20th, from 2 p.m. at the Penicuik Library.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Maritime felting

Hope to see as many of you at Making Space Penicuik in the Town Hall from approx. 11.30 a.m. onwards.

We will continue to add to the sea-scape as well as making maritime themed felted creatures/figures.

Bring along your children and those you know too - it's a fun thing to do on a Saturday and just a little bit different!

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Launch of the Story Scape Session

This is as a big thank you for the many hands and many hours and hopeful joyful hearts that went into making this launch of our "Story Scape Sessions" possible! May it bring the free gift of home-made enjoyment to many in many hours to come!
Today we featured:
Little Red Riding Hood -
the marvellous creature basket -
the magic porridge pot.

About 20 kids from nearly newborn to 11 or 12 and 10 adults gathered today in the story corner of Penicuik Library to set up the long planned Story Scape.

Quite a challenge to embrace that wide age range with capturing tales and interaction, but it worked quite beautifully, as the older children looked after their siblings as well as leading story and song sharing. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves and everybody helped tidying up!

Now we need to gather ourselves again to widen our repertoire for the next session of our pilot month, the one on the 20th of May.

Any wishes anyone?

We'll start tomorrow in the Town Hall with making a sea-shore-scape ...
What stories will wash it a shore for us?

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Alles neu macht der Mai (Month of May makes all things new)

Sun and warmth and bank holiday called the doll makers into the garden!
Granny is coming on fine now in Sarah's capable hands
and little Re-cap in Ramona's
and the wee man in the woods in Anneruth's...
whilst Jeni has started a new mother for Little Redcap, because the one Vicen made so lovingly and beautifully seems to have vanished from the face of the earth :-(! Has anybody seen her? This is how she looks:

Meanwhile, lets keep exploring music for our Story Scape Sessions: