Needle felting has always been on our Crafts-To-Try list. I have done just a little, making felt beads and little things like that, but never an actual figure like this crazy cute kitty here made by Lydia and me. We have a lot of roving on hand. A whole lot. I bought bags years ago when I went to Flock and Fiber and never used it up. The girls use it in their point shoes as padding and I still have a ton. We used this sweet tutorial by Maqaroon. Delia is working on a pig of her own design. The needles are sharp! I had some leather scrap on hand, so I sewed little thumb and finger guards to slip over our fingers, so we can stab and not bleed.
We are right in the middle of studying cartography—drawing maps, looking at maps, geocaching, reading a ton of books about maps, and spending time in the evenings on google earth. This week we are working on a mini-map making project and moving into diagrams, pie charts, and visual data. We also have had lots of fun researching embroidered globes (scroll down, and here's a link to make your own) and the history behind silk maps that can be hidden in your pocket. You can see one over on this list along with other vintage-y spy stuff—15 Sneaky Spy Concealments.