Friday, October 26, 2012

Current Work-Birthday Angels

Recently a teacher placed an order for 6 small standing angels like this:

"I am preparing for a few birthdays I will be celebrating in my classroom. I love your work so much and was thinking of giving a few of the children either your small gnomes or lovely angels.  I am leaning more toward the angels because of what they symbolize."

She did indeed decide on angels and I gathered the materials.

Using a paper pattern that I made I cut out wings and garments from 100% white wool felt.

I enjoy using this variegated cotton perle from DMC.  It adds color and interest.  Organizing embroidery thread is a must or you end up with bunches of a tangled mess.  I roll the thread on flat, inexpensive paper spools sold in any craft store.

The peg doll bodies are about 2 inches tall and are from Casey Wood Products in Maine.  Their shipping is very fast!  I have a basket of wool roving bits that I use for hair. I have  accumulated it over the years from wet and needle felting projects.  I think A Child's Dream, Weir Crafts and The Silver Penny sells this.

I try to use every little bit of leftovers from other projects because high quality 100% wool felt is so expensive.  There is really nothing else like it-it's easy to work with, looks wonderful and I could not punch out designs on any other fabric.

I have several punches that I use on the garments.  Friskers makes heavy duty punches that are for paper use but also work on wool felt.

The customer requested a star motif. I have a number of these compartmentalized containers to organize my stash of charms, beads, brads, buttons, shells and other ephemera.  I get the charms from craft stores when they are on sale or with a coupon.

This gives you an idea of the 2 sizes of angels I make.  The larger angel is an ethnic angel I wrote about previously here: 

All the angel needs is hair.  The charm says "Follow your heart".

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Gratitude Sunday-Grammie and Alice




Twenty-four years later I am grateful to have Alice and my mom together during her health challenges.  Alice brings my mom much joy and comfort.
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