Therapy in making…
I designed this kit a few years ago as part of a Rights of Passage course on the theme of transformation. The swan appears in many ancient myths as the bringer of new life, symbolising transformation and the Cycle of Life.
The concept now seems even more relevant to our current crisis as we do our best to cope with restricted movements, as well as the Climate and Ecological Emergency. This is an era for change, for awakening, as we look for better ways to be, better ways to live within the awesome parameters of Nature.
My intention for this tutorial (see video below) is to enhance our understanding of the materials we use and the making process. Make this beautiful swan with intention and attention. Craft and making is about something that lies so deep within us and humans have always made objects imbued with spirit, and I like to think that your swan will have that spirit of intention.
To add interest during the tutorial, I have included some interviews about the history and mythology of mute swans in the UK, as well as an intriguing account by “The Human Swan”, a real life story of a swan migration made by Sacha Dench.
I make my products with the best, locally sourced materials, organic if possible. As with all my products, absolutely no plastic is used, except if salvaged as packaging. So the bag that brings you the kit, becomes the needle felting pad, long lasting and very effective. Absolutely nothing to waste with this unique idea.
The video tutorial below is backed up with printed instructions included in the kit:
- Instructions to accompany video, or for use on their own
- Organic wool felt kit bag which becomes the felting pad
- Organic wool square for origami swan
- Wool tops for needle felting neck and head
- 3 felting needles
- Sewing needle and thread
You will also need a sharp pair of scissors, a ruler or tape measure and 3 or 4 long pins.
For every kit sold, a £3 donation will be made to Earthwatch – an environmental charity with science at its heart.
Not suitable for children under 10 years unless supervised at all times because of sharp needles.