"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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