Rice-filled felt creatures

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  1. Takuan says:

    mmm,felt fulling with urine, mmmm urine…
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulling

  2. Tenn says:

    I picked up a small ceramic pig at the craft store today, as well as a small wood box. And my mother is photo-albuming. Mark, I think you’ve infected us with craftiness.

    The pig fits perfectly within the little box. I am painting it to give to a friend who is quite fond of pigs. His name is Richard.

    -Ponders making a felt cow accompaniment-

  3. BubbleDragon says:

    I’ve made lots of different types of these heat bags, and I’ve read that feed corn is the safest and has the longest heat retention amongst the most common materials.

    http://www.diamondthreadworks.com/microwave_heating_bags.htm (For citation’s sake.)

  4. Waterlilygirl says:

    Mark, why not mix in some cedar sawdust or chips with the filling. It will keep the moths away because the resin is horrible tasting to them.

  5. Takuan says:

    “Maybe I’ll go play Kingdom of Loathing and beat up a hobo until this domestic feeling passes.”
    ahhhhhh! ya gotta love her!

  6. awwhoneybear says:

    when i was a kid i made a little toy filled with rice, and it attracted weevils. so, if your house is prone to those little buggers, be careful.

  7. Tensegrity says:

    Just don’t get em wet!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Dibs on the dried figs? those are YUMMY!!! ^_^!

  9. wolfiesma says:

    I feel so trashy sitting here with this bottle of ale when I could be sleeping in an enchanted forest of fir balsam, hops and lavendar scented pillows. I need to get it together!

  10. Bekah says:

    as far as I know you use heat treated wheat for microwave heat pillows

  11. Waterlilygirl says:

    Mark, let me say that you are a pretty neat dad! And not too shabby a stitcher. Very cool creatures and what a wonderful way to spend time with your kids! Trust me, they’ll remember it when they’re in their 30′s.

  12. Pipenta says:

    I read this as Rice killed felt creatures. I think rice-filled needs a hyphen!

  13. Revisorius says:

    Thanks for the tip! My 2-year-old is going to love these.

  14. israel says:

    my girlfriend has a little fabric pillow filled with rice, and she puts it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and uses it as a hand/foot warmer. i don’t know how different fabrics would fare in the microwave, but it’s another nice idea for folks who live where it gets cold.

  15. dole says:

    Aranzi Aronzo has a few books on how to make dolls and various cutesy stuff as this. Pretty simple for kids, I’ve got a couple of the books but haven’t gotten off my duff to start making stuff yet.

  16. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Regarding moths and weevils — yes, I’m sure you are right. If you click on the photo and look at the full-sized photo, you can see holes in the green creature. Some kind of bug chewed holes through it to get to the lentils inside. What else can I fill it with? Sand? Sawdust? rice mixed with some kind of herb that repels bugs?

  17. Takuan says:

    a completely kid-safe bug repellent?

  18. arkizzle says:

    So, you’re a whittler, eh?

  19. Teapunk says:

    Carefull when you stuff things with rice, beans and so so on: Moths like that stuff, too, and that is rather disgusting.

  20. Takuan says:

    what’s the ideal filling?: rice? bran? wheat? buckwheat? I’ve seen various for toys and microwavable neck pillows etc., but what is the very best stuffing? (apart from the shriveled husks of the damned souls you’ve sucked dry and cast aside in your daily terrible purpose?)

  21. Odd One says:

    I find the cheapest rice is best, because it’s the least ricey smelling. I stir a few drop of lavender oil in with the rice before using it to add weight to lavender bags.

    Nice felt toys by the way.

  22. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    “what’s the ideal filling?”

    I don’t know! I wanted to use lentils, because they look like little flying saucers, but all we had was rice.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Buckwheat hulls are light, and their shape gives them some stick-to-it-iveness which makes things stuffed with them more moldable.

  23. boyhowdy says:

    I know it’s a typo, but I think the neologism* “itme” is perfect for this use. And “whittled wood itmes” is some of the best, most vivid poetics I’ve heard in a while; it made me smile.

    *Is there such word as typologism?

  24. Julierw says:

    Your kids are lucky. What’s cooler that sewing a blue squid with dad?!

  25. kaiza says:

    You may even want to consider making your own felt.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Felt

  26. jancola says:

    Would shredded paper work? Like from a paper shredder. Bugs probably wouldn’t like that, and also, recycling.

  27. Pipenta says:

    If you’re gonna get all crafty with the buckwheat hulls, you might as well throw in a little lavender or rosemary or hops even.

    The hops would be a nice touch in a stuffed animal that was a bedtime companion, as the herb is traditionally used in pillows and is supposed to make you feel sleepy.

    Wow, after such a Martha Stewart moment, I feel the need to go play a video game or something, and kill a monster or crash a car. Maybe I’ll go play Kingdom of Loathing and beat up a hobo until this domestic feeling passes.

    But it’s rollover, damn it.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      you might as well throw in a little lavender or rosemary or hops

      Or fir balsam. I used to have a fir balsam pillow. Every night was a walk in the enchanted forest.

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