Visiting a friend and fellow-Taruna student recently, Phoebe spied some magical little people nestled into her 'Seasonal Table' - it was a Winter Family, a Father, a Mother and a babe in a crib..."Can we make some, puleeeeease?" came the request almost as we walked back in the door at home.
I truly thought I'd done pretty well at 1) remembering how to make these wondrous wool felt dolls and 2) the creating of them. We were taught how to make them while on the Course in Rudolf Steiner Education, last year at Taruna College. I'd made about three at the time and thought that was a skill embedded in my cranium and finger tips forever, however time passes...
What was remarkable was Phoebe's effort she put into making the same figures - these above and below are all of her own making.
|also Phoebe's creations - with fine detail - baskets, aprons with flowers on, wrapped braids...|
I was fairly taken aback at her persistence to learn how to make them in totality and the rapid expression of her newly learned skill - in total she made 8 figures and at the beginning I showed her every single step, until on the final few she made them each, entirely herself.
And then, there is the hot water bottle cover -she was inspired to make her own, after I'd set out to make us a family set...one of the cut covers just disappeared, along with the child,to her bedroom for a portion of the day...listening to something Roald Dahl, I believe...
Again, more "Mother-incredulousness" as I witnessed her stitch away completely free-form - she had a picture she liked and just began embroidering as if drawing - wonderful!
Those small hands are capable of very crafty business!