$270 pledged of $800 goal
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By lauren lanita
$270 pledged of $800 goal
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About

"If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life." —Siberian Elder

Hi! I'm LaurenLanita.  I'm a storyteller and an avid crafter! I love bringing stories to any and everyone but especially to children! I am also passionate about introducing others to folk crafts like spinning, knitting, weaving and crochet. Children and adults are fascinated by these ancient arts once they get a chance to see them up close. My goal is to spread and encourage a love of storytelling and to plant the seed of interest in fiber arts.

For years I have wanted to combine the art of storytelling with the fiber arts of spinning, weaving and knitting. I have researched my stories (who knew there were so many that involved spinning, weaving and knitting) and am now ready to concentrate on the crafting portion of my program.

This is where you can help! I want to tell stories about spinning while actually spinning on a wheel, a portable spinning wheel since a traditional spinning wheel wouldn't be practical. I would also like to demonstrate both weaving and knitting and lead workshops afterwards where listeners can make simple weaving projects or a drop spindle.

Eventually, I would like to be able to present this program, Weaving Words, Spinning Stories,  for little or no cost to schools and children's programs, first in my immediate area, Orlando, and later to other cities and states.

This funding will go towards the cost of a portable spinning wheel and to help cover the cost of the materials used for the rewards. If I exceed my initial goal additional funds will go towards the purchase of a Knitters Loom and stand and towards defraying the traveling expense of my first large conference presentation (wonderful exposure but no pay).

"There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories." —Ursula K. LeGuin

About the Rewards

While I know that most of you fund projects for the warm and fuzzy feeling it gives you, I am offering a variety of handmade (by me!) knit, crocheted or felted items as a big Thank You for your support!

A hand felted Story Bead that comes with a story.
A hand felted Story Bead that comes with a story.
Knit or crocheted finger puppets. I call these "Anything" puppets because they are not made to represent any specific animal or person. They are "anything" you imagine them to be.
Knit or crocheted finger puppets. I call these "Anything" puppets because they are not made to represent any specific animal or person. They are "anything" you imagine them to be.

A crocheted Story Spirit. These figures are based on one of my favorite folk tales about the importance of sharing stories. You can read the folk tale Story Spirits at my blog The Stories La Tells.

Story Spirits backpacking!
Story Spirits backpacking!

My hand puppet, the smiling figure at the top of the page, is both knitted and crocheted and, like the finger puppets, can be "anything" you can imagine.

The specifics of the rewards are to your right but if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

For those of you who may be new to Kickstarter, I have 20 days to make my goal. If I don't make it, I don't receive any funding and your credit card is not charged. Please share this link with friends and family, on facebook, twitter, pinterest or your blog! Every little bit helps me reach my goal which helps to spread stories and crafting to more children. Even if you can not help monetarily, you can follow my spinning, weaving and storytelling progress at my blogs (listed on the right).

Thank you for your interest and support!

LaurenLanita

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." -Albert Einstein
"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." -Albert Einstein

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    An enthusiastic Thank You! on my blog or Facebook page with lots of love and a virtual hug!

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    A handmade (by me) Felted Story Bead and a fabulous folktale.

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    Two fabulous "anything" finger puppets knit or crocheted by me just for you!

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    A knitted Storyteller finger puppet with my version of one of my favorite folk tales (it's a surprise).

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    A crocheted Story Spirit with a copy of my version of the Korean folk tale The Story Bag.

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    A limited edition crocheted Furry Story Spirit with a copy of my version of The Story Bag.
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    A hand knit and crocheted Puppet with a surprise story.
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    A crocheted Special Edition Earth Spirit. This doll comes with a copy of my Story Spirits tale and a crocheted garland of flowers.
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    A set of 5 fabulous "anything" finger puppets and a special story bag to store them.
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    A limited edition Giant Story Spirit! Approximately twice the size of regular spirit and it, of course, comes with my Story Spirit story.
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    Sponsor a Storytelling Program at a Head Start, Preschool, Daycare, Elementary school class or Aftercare program in the Orlando, Fl area.
    You still get one Story Spirit doll which you can keep for yourself or donate to the school/class. The story program will be scheduled for late in 2012 or early in 2013. You can choose the school and I will work with you and the school to pick a date.

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    A set of 4 Story Spirits with a crocheted storage basket.
    The set will include 3 regular sized spirits and one furry spirit or earth spirit your choice. The set also comes with a copy of my version of the Story Spirits folk tale.
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Funding period

- (20 days)