Project Raceway

by Stefani on 13-November-2007

So, we had these fat dowel rods, I can’t remember why, in the closet, and my kids found them.

They were running around the house with the sticks between their legs, in one of those sweet sweet moments when you just can’t believe how truly rich it is to mother boys. Speeding through the kitchen, they were squealing, “Giddyup, Thunder!” “C’mon Firestorm!”

I said, “You know guys, we could make heads for your horses….”


They thought that this was a fantastic idea. They ransacked my wool felt and yarn stash. Dredged up some eyes that had been hiding among my buttons, and we were off.

I felt a little like I’d landed on some wild spin off of Project Runway though. It was like kamikaze crafting… no time for patterns or fussing with details, just, “Is it done now? How ’bout now? Mama how long is this going to take? Mama pleeeeeeeeease….”

The Team

There were botched seams, one horse has only one eyeball, and one was so rushed (he was the last and his rider was SO done with waiting) that he didn’t even get turned inside out, so he has exposed edges and seams.

As fast as they were constructed however, it’s no match for how fast they are on their feet.


Like the wind.

You know, we learned while studying Native Americans, that some warriors painted thier horses with things that they hoped to impart into the beasts during battle.

Lightening painted on their legs gave them speed. Circles around their eyes sharpened their vision. eagles painted on their breasts gave them courage. So maybe, just maybe, those hurried stitches are bringing something similar to our steeds… wild abandon, passion and grit.

The Barn

Good enough.

Ellie November 13, 2007 at 5:23 pm

OH my, oh my… These are so so adorable, made more so by the fact that you had kids pulling at you, and waiting impatiently. What a multi-talented person you are! Hmmm, I think I’ll make some of these next week. When the kids are in bed, and I have time to think – I’m not quite as skilled as you in that department. Seriously, where do you find the time + energy!!
You should check out this beautiful book –

Sarah Jackson November 13, 2007 at 6:01 pm

awesome! I love them. We just gifted the stick pony to our 2 year old cousin and he rides it everywhere. It’s so much fun to see him running around shouting “giddyup” just like my kids did.

Very good day, my friend!

Tara November 13, 2007 at 6:21 pm

I remember having a stick horse like that. Mine was made with blue gingham with a yellow yarn mane. Her name was “Buttermilk.”

Bluebirdbaby November 13, 2007 at 6:40 pm

These are the cutest things ever! Great job! I bet your boys will get lots of use out of them 🙂

cloth.paper.string November 13, 2007 at 6:43 pm

every time i visit your slice of life i want to join in the fun. thanks for the nonstop amazement and inspiration!

lina November 13, 2007 at 6:49 pm

Very cute indeed. Looks like we’ve both been doing some fast felt sewing!

kristin November 13, 2007 at 7:11 pm

okay, yes,

good enough indeed.

molly November 13, 2007 at 7:51 pm

this is so good. i love spontaneous crafting like this. And I love it even more because this is exactly how emma is drawing her horses lately–with the neck going right up into a pointy ear. i can’t wait to show her these pictures tomorrow…

Marjorie November 13, 2007 at 9:39 pm

so sweet.

dana November 14, 2007 at 2:53 am

Cute. Your one crafty momma.

Lori November 14, 2007 at 4:49 am

love :^)

Tracy November 14, 2007 at 5:13 am

How wonderful is that? Truly.

Keri November 14, 2007 at 6:31 am

These are so great! My son had a store-bought stock horse that made noise and now I realize how much it STUNK compared to these. Yet another example of how store-bought just can’t compare to handmade!!!!!

And I’m jealous that you had all this stuff in your stash!!

kelly November 14, 2007 at 6:46 am

fantastic! -kb

jennifer November 14, 2007 at 7:06 am

I am so inspired. Another perfect Handmade Holiday idea. I just love the internet and blogs. Fantastic.

nancy November 14, 2007 at 9:12 am

great stuff! I love visiting your blog for ideas and even reminders of things that I’ve wanted to do with my children. Thank you for sharing your life with boys!

Lynn November 14, 2007 at 10:26 am

These are wonderful!

Anna November 14, 2007 at 1:40 pm

I love these. And being of the craft-without-a-pattern ilk, I’m glad to see others doing it too. In my mind, success is measured by the love put in and the joy gotten out of something, rather than perfect seams and symmetry. Cheers!

emily ruth November 14, 2007 at 2:17 pm

so so fun…you are my mama inspiration…

Molly November 14, 2007 at 3:01 pm

I love your silhouettes!

Honestly, that brilliant creativity bug bit you somethin’ big. 🙂

PS: I’m thinking about applying to UT-Austin for grad school, though I don’t think “free rent” (sister lives there) is a good enough reason. Do you know what the MFA program might be like there?

Sarah November 14, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Wow! I can’t believe you just came up with that! I’m inspired and once again amazed!

kirsten November 15, 2007 at 8:40 am

ha! these are cool. ‘good enough’ is ‘perfection’ for children many times.

erin November 15, 2007 at 12:03 pm

so. dang. cute.

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