Handmade Red Angel Christmas Ornament

I made a couple of angel ornaments from fabric scraps in years past.

This one is from a piece of sari fabric brought back to the states by my great-aunt in the early 1900’s. I really like the thin metal threads design woven into the fabric. Now it seems rather tarnished but I still like the effect.

I used it as a detail running up the middle of her gown in the back.

Her wings are just a double layer of fabric hand stitched with raw edges showing. Inside they have a length of bended wire to hold their shape. They are fastened to the angel’s back with a small safety pin. The angels grey hair is made of embroidery floss that is pulled back into a makeshift, sloppy bun.

I apologize to the angel for the indignity of having her gown hoisted up so, but at least now you can see that her legs are a simple thin tube of fabric, tapered at the ends and affixed in the middle by a piece of wire. I like how they kind of swing about in a way they couldn’t if she had a sewn and stuffed body.

Finally you can see that her head and arms are bent from a piece of wire. I then stitched a head around and onto it and filled it with a bit of fiberfill.

For hanging, I simply coiled a bit of lighter gauge wire and attached it to the two hands.

I left this angel faceless as any face I’ve thought of embroidering on doesn’t feel right to me. I kinda like her left plain like this.

What do you think… does the faceless aspect weird you out, or are you ok with it?

Tomorrow I’ll post about the other angel ornament.

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  1. ReStitch Me said,

    December 14, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Ohhh….she is very sweet! That she is faceless is just fine and I love the sassy tilt of her head! 🙂

    • December 14, 2011 at 7:38 am

      Thanks! I appreciate the feedback. I’ve spent far too much time debating the face issue without coming to any conclusions. It’s fun to have this way of sharing a project and getting the opinions of other crafty folk!

  2. December 14, 2011 at 7:35 am

    darling ornament! Merry Christmas!

  3. Maysem said,

    December 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I love her! I think the faceless suits her look so I would keep her that way:)

  4. Christine said,

    December 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    What a sweet angel! I like her faceless, its simple and nice. Sometimes its better without too much detail…..

  5. December 15, 2011 at 8:21 am

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  7. December 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    darling – no face is just right i’d say

  8. amy said,

    December 17, 2011 at 10:24 am

    What a lovely ornament; you did such a great job! I say stick with no face…I can’t imagine that it would add, but only take away from the simplicity and rustic look. I love the Willow Tree Figurines and I think it would take away from them if they had carved faces…the anonymity lets you imagine anything you want. I’d be thrilled if you’d share this here:


  9. December 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    That is adorable! I love ornaments made from sentimental things. My tree is full of sentimental ornaments. Thanks so much for joining my blog party. It used to be all recipes but I love the crafts, so I opened it up for anything creative a few weeks ago. I noticed that you had the party listed on Friday but it actually is on Tuesdays….though I post Monday night. I hope you will come back this week.

    • December 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks! I found you on Friday so thus the error. I’ll get it changed now, thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  10. December 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Thank you for all the feedback! She will definitely be staying face-free 🙂

  11. Kellie said,

    December 18, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Visiting from flamingo toes…I love the angel! Very creative and beautiful. What a great way to use and display those scraps you just can’t bring yourself to throw away!

  12. Melanie said,

    December 19, 2011 at 6:38 am

    How lovely. Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday!


  13. barbara said,

    December 21, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I love your angel. She is just sooo folksy and adorable. I too love the facelessness of her. If you wanted you could dab a bit of blush where the cheeks would be but I like her plain. Another post said you can then imagine her face…much better. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas

  14. Sherry said,

    December 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    How cute! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home! Have a very Merry Christmas!

  15. December 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

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  16. December 21, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I meant to tell you that I featured you precious angel ornament on Tuesday’s Tasty Tidbits. Thanks for sharing it.

  17. Carrie said,

    December 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    It’s wonderful to see meaningful and vintage fabric used in such a beautiful way. I have so many linens from my husband’s grandmother… maybe when my daughter is older we can make angels out of them together!

    Thanks for linking to Refresh Your Nest Friday, hope you join us again tomorrow!

    • December 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      Oh, that will be so fun to share that with your daughter! Thank you for your sweet comment! Merry Christmas!

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