Creating gnomes, dwarfs and other nature related beings from natural sheep’s wool fibres can be really fascinating and enjoyable. During the process of felting from fluffy wool into a firm sculptured shape the little being becomes more and more individual and eventually – with a pair of eyes looking at you – becomes a kind of person, a being, a character in it’s own way.
This year’s Celtic fire festival of Beltane on the 30. April I spent with acquaintances and friends. After a delicious shared dinner we were sitting in a circle around a table with flowers and candles, sharing our experiences in nature at this time of the year and sharing traditions and customs of Beltane and May Day from different regions of this planet. The relation to bonfires, fertility and abundance in nature celebrated in tribes and cultures is
obvious. How much do we enjoy the beauty in Nature after a long Winter! The abundance and variety of plants growing, while the days are slowly getting warmer, with longer daylight; the lush greens in the new leaves and all colours of the rainbow to be found in trees, bushes and flowers. We are amazed about the life force in Nature! How does this effect our activities? We will definitely spend more time outside with the elements. The voiles to the natural realm are thinner now. The aliveness, the energy of expansion and creativity is all around us! This and more was shared in stories, poems and experiences.
Enjoying a bonfire in the yard later, under a pink clouded sky, was a fantastic end to a heart warming celebration of Beltane.
A couple of days later I went to Pollock Country Park, a large green belt in Glasgow’s South. What a paradise of bluebells!
I spent the afternoon walking through the various beautiful gardens of Pollock House and later through Pollock Country Park. I felt very nurtured, peaceful and happy from the depth of my heart and enjoyed all the colourful plants. Of course my felted friends where accompanying me 🙂 This elf on the photo below is my latest addition. If you’re living in the Scottish central belt, then you’re welcome to join one of my felt workshop and you can learn how to create those nature beings and other magical beings like dragons etc. Just use the contact form and get in touch and check out here.
He’s lighting the path with his lantern.
The elf in conversation with a little red hat gnome