As Winter makes it’s grand entrance in just a few days, the boys and I were trying to think of a few new additions to add to our winter table and walls. I had been wanting to try Julia’s beautiful woolen tree cones, but I didn’t have any type of wire structure that would support it. I did, however, have some of the florist cones that are of similar shape, so we decided to give them a try. I thought that just wrapping the wool around would work fine, but it really didn’t hold. So, out came the felting needles. Taking small bites of wool at a time, the boys would lay them on the cone, and I used the needle to help them adhere. We were careful to not puncture the cone too much, to keep the wispy look that only wool can bring.
These turned out just the way that we wanted them to, and now we have a soft, wintry addition to our table. I dyed the wool using natural dyes to represent the three colors of winter that we find in nature; grey, blue and white. When you look to the mountains here in Colorado, the winter sky is always a mixture of grey clouds, with blue sneaking through, and the stark white of the snow below.
Jacob asked me if we could also make a wreath for King Winter’s return, so using the same type of florist wreath foam, we needle felted the wreath in those same colors. Jacob begged to use the needle to make a star for the center, and with some reluctance, and a LOT of hovering, I agreed. I have to say that I was impressed with his care and patience, since this was not a quick project. This wreath will hang just above our nature table, and it will be a reminder, not only of Winter’s arrival, but of my child’s growth and independence.