As Christmas and craft fairs near, I thought it would be nice to introduce 2 new ornaments. One is a 'Messenger Bird' and the other is a Rooster in honor of the Chinese New Year, 2017 being the year of the Rooster. Pictures of some sample ornaments and patterns follow.
The Rooster is a good one for using up little scraps and attaching them
with a felting needle. The tail needs to be fairly stiff to stand
upright. You can build up that stiffness with your scraps.
Rooster pattern as an image. Print full width on 8 1/5" by 11" paper. (A4) portrait orientation.
The Messenger Bird can be a wishing bird, a prayer bird, or simply a messenger of your feelings... an engagement ring carrier perhaps? ;-)
Scrolls made from stationary paper and I also stamped them with a little picture. A fun detail if you have little rubber stamps.
Bird Pattern. Print full width on 8 1/5" by 11" paper . (or A4)
Some other Critters that have gone to new homes this year pictured below.
3 Owls that were in the last post, now completed;
Another Salmon, ... we like to promote protection of Salmon populations! Healthy waters, rivers, forests, all important!!
Whatever you celebrate in December, I hope you have a special and loving time with friends and family. May the New Year of 2017 bring a wave of PEACE and PROSPERITY for ALL of Humanity, and better health for our planet's nature, Water, Air, Flora, Fauna...We as humans depend on this for our own survival as well. We are all connected. Practice the Golden Rule to all things. Treat others as you wish to be treated.
My friend Janice Speck, a local felting artist, recently gave me a felting needle. I quickly discovered that this can be a lot of fun when making my critters. Some of them, like the owl pictured, have many small parts. Felting them in place is a great way to secure them before embroidering them. I also like needle felting the eyes. You should try it!
Here are some critter variations of late.
Also wish to note that the Barred Owl as my model for conservation may not have been the best
choice. A very similar owl, the Spotted Owl, is the one more threatened and interestingly it is threatened by the Barred Owl, logging and other damages to habitat. I am posting a new image in hopes of improving the owl pattern. Note the white fluff on the face forming an X. This is the most defining difference besides bird size and larger but still dark owl eyes.
Since we use creative felts, it is hard to make a lot of difference in the feather patterns.
The first iteration of my felted critter pattern book is out this summer. If you have purchased it, you can use this page to see photos of critters I have made. Later this summer, there will be bonus patterns to add to your menagerie of felted ornaments. These have made great gifts and they do not generally get put away in the box with the holiday season decorations. They have also been good fund raisers at craft fairs before the Christmas season. I was happy to give a generous donation to our local land trust just from the proceeds of these 'critters with a mission'. Fall in love with nature and nature conservation!
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