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Children's Crafts - Make a French Knitted Snail Badge

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Basic French Knitting
You will need:
Wool
Dolly Bobbin (or 4 nails hammered into the top of a wooden cotton reel)
Large blunt ended needle
Scissors

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1. Feed the end of the wool down through the central hole in the dolly until it appears at the other end. Pull it through a little way.
2. Hold the end of the wool firmly with one hand. With your other hand, carefully wind the wool around each of the four points in turn - wind the wool in an anticlockwise direction.
3. Take the wool behind the first point and use the needle to lift the first loop over the wool and off the point. Repeat with the next three points, then gently tug the end. Continue going around the four points and after a while the knitting will start to appear at the bottom.
4. To finish off, cut the wool about 10 inches from the dolly. Thread this end through the loop at each point. Remove from the nails, pull tightly and knot.

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Making a Snail Badge
You will need:

9 inches length of knitting (for shell)
5 inches length of knitting (for body)
Large darning needle
Scissors
Black wool
Large safety pin

1.Leave the additional wool at each end of the longer piece of knitting (the shell) and thread a needle on to the longest end. Coil up the knitting using small stitches to hold it in place. Secure the end firmly.
2. Trim the ends of the shorter length pf knitting (the body). Place in position around the shell and sew it on using the spare end of wool on the shell. Secure the end and trim any loose threads.
3. Thread a needle with black wool and knot one end. Push the needle through to the right side of the snails head and use single stitches one on top of each other for the eyes. Use a longer stitch for the mouth. Secure the end at the back.
4. To make the antennae, push the needle into one side of the snails head and out through the other (there is no need to secure it). Trim each woollen antenna to size. Finally sew a large safety pin to the back of the snails shell.

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