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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Greeting Card Ornament

I saw a tutorial at The Space Between Blog where Karah made Christmas tree ornaments from her wedding cards. I have been saving the birthday cards Eli received for his first birthday this past year and thought this would be a great way to use them. I think I will do this every year. It will be fun to pull them out and remember as the years go by.

First I took out the cards and traced a circle around the part I wanted to cut out.

I was bummed not to ba able to use this handmade card from his cousins, but 3D wouldn’t work here.

Then I cut out the circles which I then folded in half.

The resulting half circles were then glued together to form the two halves of the ornament.

Before gluing the 2 halves together I glued in the ends of the ribbon hanger.

Here it is hanging on our tree.

I like how Karah’s ornaments look with the glitter on the edges of the circles. I will probably end up doing that too, but I have to buy the glitter first!

This project is a quicky. I think it took me about 20 minutes start to finish.

Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

I made a few folksy Christmas ornaments to put in the Etsy shop. I love to make handmade ornaments. Since I married into my husband’s family I have made ornaments for my nieces and nephew every year. I also make one for my husband, and now for Eli as well. I won’t be able to show any of these as I create them as it would spoil any surprise.

This felt snowman has angel wings and pine twig arms.

I tea-stained and scorched the fabric of this flag made to look primitive. The faded look was achieved by using the wrong side of the fabric.

The mitten is made of a very thick piece of felted wool, blanket-stitched around the edges with cotton twine, with a hand beaded and embroidered snowflake design.

Last night we ordered our Christmas cards from Shutterfly. Now with the addition of these ornaments to the store I think for me the holiday season has begun 🙂

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