I can't tell you how long I've been wanting to work with felt alone. I love the colours and the endless possibilities it suggests. But I've been making Poppets and trying to increase my output for so long that I put the following idea on the back burner for, like, ever.
Last week I gave myself permission to play. Having already made my Wishing Tree for Christmas, I felt that he needed a friend. An angel seemed the obvious companion. Here are a few early shots of "Hope", the Wishing Angel. Just like the tree (have to come up with a name for him soon!) there is a little pocket on the reverse. Your child can write a note to Santa, roll it up and slip it inside. Then they can hang Hope on the Christmas tree or above their bed. I think Hope doubles as a rather nice Tooth Fairy alternative as well.
This is something I've been wanting to make for so long, but I completely underestimated how much work would go into them both. Hand-cut, hand-stitched (except for the final seams), there are hours of work in each. My goodness, cutting out those tiny circles! And whilst working on them, I had a very long hard think about my pricing structure. It's completely out of whack, so you can expect things to change in that area. But I'll go into more detail on that subject in my next post.
This is exactly the kind of 'work' which I really enjoy. I plan to do a lot more of them, and some other felty characters. Maybe some smaller decorations as well.They make a nice change and put a smile on my face, hope they do the same for you.
They'll be available in my Etsy shop soon. Promise.