Well, I managed to keep myself going all weekend and then on Monday night it all caught up with me and I went to bed at 9pm. I don't know how I kept my eyes open until then actually. So after a few early nights and mornings when I haven't had the need to finish things off I feel great - really refreshed. Time and space to get on with our christmas now and I need to get on with making my christmas cards. I haven't put much thought into that one this year so I'm going to redo a theme I did two years ago - I'm sure no-one will notice.
Aside from tidying up my workroom after all that activity I've listed my things on etsy (and sold some already) and I just wanted to tell you that Ruby and Lucy are looking for a new home too. I sold a lot of things at the fair but big dolls was not what the folks around here wanted this year. So if you're interested click on the Etsy link on the left - they will make someone a lovely present.
Last night was our making evening and Amber started knitting something with cables in it - I can't say what incase certain people read this, Raj made his christmas cards and Rohan was patiently working away at his dishcloth - I wonder who that's for? All done with a bit of arguing about whose turn it was to chose the next christmas song - that is until I lost it with them all and then we had a nice, calm evening.
Each christmas I make another host of heavenly angels but these are much simpler than the sewn ones. If you'd like to try them you will need some roving (I use merino or merino/silk) and some gold thread. If you're in the UK you might try Moral Fibre for some - she's also got some kid mohair which might be nice.
So take a piece of roving about 16 ins long and pull it apart longways so you have two 16ins long bits and tie a knot in the middle of one. The other piece is for the arms and wings:
Double the knotted one on itself and tie off the head. Leave a good long piece of thread dangling:
Take the other piece of roving and pull apart in the middle so that you have two 8ins peices. Put one aside for the wings. Take the other 8ins piece and pull apart longways so you have two 8ins pieces - are you still with me? Take one of these and twist it in the middle and then double it over and hold tight and tie off a hand:
The twist is captured in the hand. Now take the main body part and place it head down on the table and lift up the back and place the arms in the middle like so: (a stone is holding down the top part).
The arm pieces are quite long so I place then in an upside down L shape - my finger is holding down half of the arm otherwise it would stick out in front of the other arm -so you want it to become part of the skirt. Do the same with the other arm and then take the wing piece and place that on top of the arms.
Excuse my wrinkly hands - I never knew they looked like that! Anyway, put the other half of the body over the wings and arms (the bit that is sticking up on the top of the pic) and turn the whole thing around and hold it tight under the arms and wings:
Now take that piece of dangling gold thread and go back and forth over and around the angel, crossing over the chest and back and under the arms to secure it all. Then come back to the neck and tie it to the other end of the gold thread that tied off the neck. Thread a needle with it and take it through the top of the head. Fluff out the wings and the skirt and voila:
You can make them in any colour you like (I prefer them white actually) and I think they look lovely hanging off a branch over the table, the nativity, over someones bed even. They make a nice gift too. As usual if I haven't explained it very well do email me.
Next time I'll show you how to make these stars which look really in the window - ours have been up all year). So get yourself some kite paper ready.
Do my windows need cleaning or what?