This year, we made small Christmas Pixies to share with loved ones; they make lovely ornaments! So much so, we’re planning to add to the sets next year… this time, starting earlier than November.
The base idea for these pixies comes from a great book, Wee Felt Folk. I first saw it at a home education get-together, and maxed out my library renewals on it several times running before finally buying my own copy.
We do things a bit differently, of course (rebelling in small ways again). I’ll warn you, as I’ve warned you before: these are addicting little creatures to create. My Eldest specializes in the heads, faces, and hair. The brushes she uses to paint the detail are so tiny! I’m constantly amazed at the range of expression she’s able to create from little dabs and sweeps of paint. She has a lot of fun creating new hairstyle techniques, too.
We both wrap bodies (she has yet to teach me how she did the pointe slippers on the Sugar Plum Pixie!), and often, I’m put in charge of clothing and embroidery. For all these, we used felt for clothing, and I rely primarily on two strands of embroidery floss, chain stitch, blanket stitch, featherstitch, and French knots.
May your new year be magical!