How to make fairy wool dolls for the top of the Christmas Tree
Choose your favourite- Classic Golden Girl, or Rainbow Twirl
Project 9 of 30 Days of Christmas Crafting.
Ever since I learned to make these fairy wool dolls about 15 years ago, I’ve been sharing them around. I just love their simplicity, and also the fact that they can be made large or small or teeny tiny weeny and you can use them for all kinds of different things. Party favour treats, a cute and quirky doll-on-a-stick variation to the ones you might find at a country show or big colourful fair, a gift tag, for a farewell gift, on a Christmas Advent Wall Hanging Calendar to mark the days as they travel down the ‘sky’, or as a brooch. I’m sure there are plenty of other things you could do too.
What would YOU use one for?
Now, of course, there is the classic angel, white, pure and fluffy. She is the perfect angel to sit perched up on top of the Christmas pine, no matter if it is a real or an artificial tree. And the tackiness of the wool fleece is perfect for helping her to stay in place. Just fluff her skirt out a little and she’ll hang on. But there is also other colourful ways to decorate or embellish her outfit. (There are some wonderful examples on pinterest.) The one I’ll show you today is my rainbow twirl girl. I just wanted a bit of colour on my tree. She’s a bit cute to boot.
It’s not long now until the tree comes out. Oh my. This year is flying by.
How to make fairy wool dolls. Christmas tree angel – classic
1. To make an angel large enough to sit on the tree, take a length of wool fleece (I use corriedale fleece from Ashfords Australia) about 50 cm long.
2. Fold this piece in half.
3. Tie a knot in the centre and gently, gently, pull on the ends to tighten the knot as much as you can. (Tip: keep your hands as close to the knot as possible)
4. Fold it in half. To tie off the head, grasp just below the knot. Place a doubled-over thread around the wool like this. Tuck the two loose ends through the loop and pull tight. Take one piece of cotton left, and the other piece of cotton right, then pull tighter. This will create a neck indent. Tie off the two loose ends of thread together.
5. This is what it will look like.
6. Pull off two more slivers of wool fleece, each one is about 12 cm long. Place one on top of the other.
7. For this classic girl, you’ll need gold thread. This one can be found in Spotlight, or Lincraft.
8. Open the pieces of fleece that hang vertically below the head. Place the two wool slivers horizontally under the head to make the arms/wings. Push them up under the head as high as they can go. Then, to hold it all together, you’ll need to tie it. Cut off a thread about 30 cm long, and wrap it around the head like a scarf.
9. Cross the two ends over like this.
10. Wrap the right thread around, over the shoulder, across the front of the body again, and to the back. Repeat with the left thread. Now pass both threads around the front of the waist, and around to the back. Repeat this and pull the threads in tightly. Tie off the two threads at the back.
11. For the hands, gently pull two 1 cm thick strands from the wings forward to make the arms/hands.
12. Fold back about 2 cm of the wool fleece to make a loop at one end, and tie this off with a small piece of golden thread to make a wrist/hand. Repeat on the other side.
I forgot to add a halo but this looks good too.
How to make fairy wool dolls. Rainbow Twirl Girl.
Repeat steps 1 to 6 to make the basic form of the doll.
Then repeat steps 8 to 12 with a long strand of rainbow wool. (I buy mine from Jo at Indigo Inspirations.)
To make her rainbow crown, thread rainbow beads onto a strong piece of thread until it is big enough to form a circle that fits her head. Place it on her head, then use a strand of white cotton to fix it in place with tacking stitches.
To make her pretty rainbow skirt, thread pieces of rainbow wool over the waistband, double them over and tie a knot. Do this all the way around the waist, on both front and back sides.
Unravel the wool strands to make curly wool. Spread these strands around the doll to make a rainbow dance on her dress. THIS is the girl going on top of my tree this year!