The windows are open; I’m lying in bed listening to the gentle
waves, trying to silence my mind of all that needs to be done tomorrow, of all
that was forgotten today.
A memory comes to me of a quiet day one summer, in a canoe on a pond surrounded by
lily pads, watching damselflies, hearing nothing but the occasional paddle dip
and the lapping of water on the side of the boat.
But then my sweetheart
reminds me of all the sounds: the tinny whir of dragonfly wings, calls of the
marsh wren and warbler, the insistence of frogs. Perhaps silence isn’t so quiet after all.
Summer days at the beach or lakeside are a great time for
craft projects. Stuff a few sheets of felt, some thread,
scissors and a needle into your beach bag or picnic basket and enjoy the sounds
of summer — whatever they may be.
~ Alison Kaplan, Founder of Kata
PROJECT: Plush Turtle
This project was
recently featured on Ebabee Likes, a London-based style guide for babies, young
kids and their mamas.
Print the template and cut out the pieces with paper scissors. If you
wish to make all three turtles, print one template at 100%, one at 75% and one
at 125%. Then place the pieces on the felt and cut out the felt shapes with
fabric scissors. Note that you will cut out two of the body pieces and one shell
piece for each turtle you make.
Stitch the eyes on one body piece using 3-ply black
embroidery floss. Use a satin stitch and widely place the two eyes.
Using a blanket stitch and 2-ply black thread, stitch the
two body pieces together.
Use a double running stitch to sew eight “U” shapes on the
shell layer with 2-ply gold embroidery floss.
attach shell to body, whip stitch shell piece to only the top layer of the body
layer three quarters of the way around. Leave an opening and stuff.
Continue your stitch and close the hole.
Repeat Steps 1–5
for each additional turtle.
Hand-sew with a piece of thread that is about 18" long. (Longer
lengths are frustrating to work with as they tangle easily.)
To separate the 6-ply floss, start in the middle of the floss strand
you've cut and gently, slowly pull off the strands needed (together at the same
Try to keep the stitch depth and length consistent. When whip
stitching and blanket stitching, make your stitch length and depth between
Bundles of wool felt squares in various colors are also available
from Kata Golda, and include ten sheets of 6.5" x 6.5" hand-dyed felt.
Kata Golda creates unique gifts for children and adults using a combination of hand-dyed wool felt, stitching, and letterpress printing. From photo albums and guest books to hand-stitched items and personalized gifts, Kata Golda’s work is a treasured heirloom for any occasion.