I am so pleased to be part of the blog tour for Salley’s new book, Felt Wee Folk! Yes, we are friends, but that is not influencing my opinion that this is an amazing book.
I received an e-copy to review but I’m an old-fashioned kind of craft book reader and I was thrilled when I got my hands on the paper edition. There are so many beautiful photos and projects and so much inspiration! I love how she choose to make families of dolls and also dolls for specific occasions like wedding cake toppers and a nativity scene. There are a variety of doll sizes shown although they are all (in my doll-making world) on the tiny size- 1 1/2″ baby to 4 1/2″ grown-ups.
As I paged through the book, what caught my eye was the variety and I think anyone interested in embroidery and or doll-making would find something fun to do. There are instructions for simpler versions that a child could do and the projects ramp up to higher skill levels and detail work. My most favorite ones are the doll house family. I would have loved having them as a child or making them when my kids were small. The wonderful thing is, these are dolls that can actually be played with, not something that has to be appreciated from the shelf.
Another project that I loved was the Hansel and Gretel dolls for a candy house. You could make an entire Christmas tree covered in all the characters that Salley came up with. And that is only if you stick with her designs because I can see using her book as a jumping off point to make all the characters for your own story or adventure.
There might be confusion that it is just an updated version of her earlier craft book, Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects since it has almost the same title, but really, it seems all new! I would think of it as an add-on instead. There were some non-doll felt projects in the first book that she left out and that leaves room for a lot more dolls. The photos are all new and there are many lovely fabric scenes that are what I think of when I imagine Salley’s artwork. I love this one-
So here is the fun part- there is a book give-away! Anyone can enter- US address wins a hard copy book, International wins an e-book. Post a comment on the blog by midnight (Eastern Daylight Time) Sunday, March 15 and I will use a random number generator to pick the winner. Remember, you must come over to the blog and leave a comment to be entered. I can not count emailed comments.
If you NEED the book immediately, here are some other options- Amazon
or Salley’s Etsy shop where you can get all her books, supplies, posters and all sorts of goodies.
I thought this was cool too- A Child’s Dream, where I buy lots of my felt, has put together this basket and also a felt collection, designed for these projects.
And, lastly, if you are anywhere in the Boston area, you can see some of Salley’s original work in the next 2 months- the Lexington Library in March and then the Newton Library in April. Go see it if you can- they are work a trip. If you just want to take a virtual journey, check out the other blogs on the tour- everyone is having a give-away so you can enter them all!
Felt Wee Folk Blog Tour
March 3 – Mary Corbet’s Needle n’ Thread
March 6 – Mimi Kirchner – Doll
March 10- Margaret Bloom – Wee Bloom Here
March 12 – C&T Publishing’s Blog
March 13 – Kimara – Wee Folk Art
March 15 – Phoebe Wahl
I’ve been a fan of Sally’s work for years and would love to have this book! ;0)
I’m a longtime fan of Salley’s work ~ I have some of her pins from the ’70s when the Boston Globe did a little spot on her in their Sunday magazine. I’d love a chance to win her book! I’m going to be a grandmother in a few months so I know I will use it! Thanks.
I have the first book so glad to hear there is more goodness to be had! I’m assuming the comment is to be posted here on this (your blog) to win! Thus I am! And hello Mimi while I am at it; nice to see you are becoming quite a success–congrats!
What a beautiful looking book! I love the wide variety of dolls included. I am really impressed by the Hansel and Gretel dolls-I love toys that inspire my children to read fairy tales.
I became one of Sally’s admirers while working in the children’s department of the Santa Cruz City/County Libraries. The landscapes and cozy settings for her dolls make me feel like a child again. Long may she continue to spark young imaginations!
I love, love, love Sally Mavor’s wee folk. I would truly love to win a copy of her new book. My copy of her previous book has been well used and well-loved, and I can tell the new installment of dolls and folk will also be well-loved. These little folk are just so amazing. I love how they each turn out with their own personality, and you can’t really tell what it is until they are completely done.
I think your stitching companion looks like a Sarah. She is beautiful. Alternatively, you could name her Mary, after Mary Wilder of the Little House books. She did love to sew after all. :-)
ohhhh. fingers crossed I WIN thanks for the chance !
I’d love a chance to win this book – I’ve been fan of her work for quite some time.
I would like to have this great book.
looks like a fabulous book! I would love to win it!
Longtime fan here. Wish I lived close enough to see her work in person. Love thee dolls!
Count me in as a fan! And a proud owner of Woody & Fern. : )
What a lovely collaboration among artists! I have admired Salley’s work for years. I just might have to make a road trip from western mass to see her exhibit!
These little folks are super cute. I have sea shells I could loan them for naps. Acorn caps for dishes and high shelves to hide on.
Of course you two amazing ladies are friends!I have ogled at Salley’s work for years. Fingers crossed & thank you for this opportunity!
What a lovely looking book! Would love to make so many of those little treasures!
I have her first book. It’s amazing! I would love to win this one.
These wee dolls look precious! Thanks for the chance to win this book!
Oh, I hope the random generator picks me! Thanks for the opportunity!
Love love love Sally Mavor, I have several of her books and I have made a kit of her cute people!
I’d love to have this book! I hope I win it! :)
Oh, I would love to see these in person. Unfortunately I don’t live nearby. All these dolls are so adorable! I would love to try making one.
I love the little ones in shells! Would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
This looks like such a delightful book. I’d love to have it.
I’ve always loved Salley’s dolls and would love to own this book.
Carol B (cc)
I love these dolls and would be thrilled to win a copy of this book.
Thanks for the opportunity.
I have her first book and would love to see her latest creations!
I love the peeks I have had of this book and would love to win a copy. Thanks for the offer!
This looks like a beautiful book! I’m anxious to try my hand at little doll crafting.
Thanks for the chance to win the new WEE FOLK book. I am looking for a new craft to try and this looks fun. I would make Mary and her little Lamb first. They look so cute. You have some interesting things on your site. Lots of new ideas. Thanks again for the chance to win.
I purchased one of her books several years ago but lost it in moving process. I couldnt even remember the suthor’s name to ask for another book. Was thrilled to find this giveaway. I soooo want to win a copy of her new book!!!!!
What a wonderful opportunity! Thanks so much for sharing Salley’s work with us…and that lumberjack is pretty handsome his own self!
The shelly kids do it for me.
Fantastic! Oh, I Iove dolls ! I would like to have this beautiful book. :)
I have loved Salley’s work for years. I am always looking for projects that I can do with my 10 year old granddaughter. I have her for 4 or 5 weeks each summer, and she loves to craft! This would be the perfect book. Thanks for the chance to have it.
The giveaway is now closed. Thank you all for participating!