I've been having a mini love affair with felt this summer. It's the real reason I haven't finished knitting that sweater I wrote about... that, or possibly the fact that after chasing two kids all day my craft-time has been relegated to 10 or 15 minutes stolen here and there. I cant always knit, right?
So I've really been making a dent in the giant stack of felt I impulse bought last fall.
And I've been making Christmas ornaments. In summer. That's right.
You gotta get an early jump on this business when you have small kids.
I started with these (Christmas present spoiler if you happen to be one of my nieces or nephews, and can read, read no further!)
I wanted to make the kids a Christmas ornament every year so that when they grew up they would have a unique, handmade set of ornaments imbued with all their magical Christmas memories to put on their own tree. I also want ornaments that are unbreakable and wonderfully soft and textured.
sooooo..made these little wool felt friends and they were so cute I decided all the kids in the family are getting one for Christmas this year...
I wont put pictures of them all yet... because I haven't finished making them. I got side tracked in July with this birthday crown (okay, technically, it's a tiara) for my big.
This might also be a new birthday tradition for nieces and nephews.
Then I got side-tracked again with these fun matryoshka dolls to depict the seasons. This has been a collaborative effort between Sadie and I. She is picking out all the felt and thread colors for me. I like her taste, I must say!
so far we have done summer and autumn.
Now the pressure is on to finish up winter and spring. Sadie is worried I might not get them done in time for Christmas. She has her felt all stacked up and ready to go, and my embroidery floss is all in a tangled pile, or as Sadie says, "all raveled up." As you can see, my embroidery skills, are um, rudimentary. But I'm learning as I go. And my audience is very forgiving.
my two favorite little sewing helpers. They keep things lively for me, that's for sure!