Yarnia Inspired Angels: Making the Folk Angel.

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In my notes, I always referred to this angel as my "Folk Angel" - and she does have a kind of folk art feel about her.

I fashioned her after a memory of an angel painting I remember from my childhood in Santa Fe. But she IS wearing Diane's sock yarn and she is blue (Diane's favorite color), so I have just this minute decided to name her Diane after my sweet daughter!

I especially love her wings, and am so grateful to my friend Gail for teaching me how to make them.

And now that we have dispensed with history, inspiration and naming, lets get on with how to make the angel!

BODY

As mentioned in a previous post, the body is actually the remains of a cone of yarn created by Diane on a visit to Yarnia. I love the pattern created by the yarn winding machine and could never bear to wind off the last of it onto a ball.

Turned out to be the perfect inspiration for the wings and halo.

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The open spaces at the bottom and top of the cone are covered with yarn. I just happened to have the perfect beads in my stash so I strung them on wire and wrapped and secured them around the yarn covered spaces.

A few twists of the wire with round nose pliers did the trick. The wire ends are embedded in the yarn. Easy!

You will find the instructions for attaching the head here.

WINGS

You will need from your stash

cereal box weight cardboard

yarn bits and pieces

Fabric Mod Podge or other fabric glue

brush

scissors

scrap paper

felt

wood skewer or toothpick

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1. Begin by cutting a paper pattern for your wings. As mentioned in the last post, folding the paper in half and drawing and cutting ensures that both sides will match!

It is always a good idea to test the size and shape on the body before committing to making!

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2. Trace your paper pattern onto cereal box weight cardboard and cut one.

3. Pin your paper pattern onto felt and cut two, cutting one felt wing about 1/8" beyond the edge of the paper pattern and cutting the other about 1/4" beyond the edge of the paper pattern.

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4. Cover one side of the cardboard wing with Fabric Mod Podge. Place this side onto the wrong side of the larger felt wing adjusting carefully so that there is an even border of felt showing all the way around the cardboard wing.

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5. Give the Mod Podge about an hour to dry and then cover the exposed cardboard surface with Mod Podge and place the wrong side of the smaller felt wing on top. You should have a little lip all the way around your wing.

Press firmly so that the fabric is completely in contact with the glue and let dry for several hours or overnight.

Note: Drying time may seem long, but we are going to be adding more glue and if the first layers have not dried out, it will take forever for the whole wing to dry.

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Now the fun part!

Some time ago, my friend Gail, a fabulous and gifted artist and art educator in Canada,  offered an excellent post on her blog That Artist Woman teaching how to make Huichol Indian Yarn Paintings. I have been eager to try it out ever since.

Angel Diane was the perfect opportunity!

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Photo by Gail, That Artist Woman

Pop over to Gail's tutorial to learn how to "paint with yarn".

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I followed Gail's tutorial exactly except that I started my wings a little differently. Since they are sort of 3-D, I wanted the edges to look like they are covered in yarn as well.

This is how to do that.

1. Brush a little glue right in the grove formed by the two pieces of felt.

2. Lay your first round of yarn down right into the grove and press it into the grove as you work around the wing.

I found it easiest to start and end at the top center of the wing as shown.

3. Now continue just as Gail instructs.

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In no time at all you will have filled in your wing!

Tip:  I did find that a wood skewer was very useful in pushing yarns in place - worked much better than glue soaked finget tips!

You can see a bit of glue showing in the center, but it all disappears upon drying, especially if it is Fabric Mod Podge!

4. Repeat on the other wing and your are done! There is no need to fill in the center triangle as it will be hidden by the body.

Note: Take your time and don't rush this step. Just relax and enjoy it.

5. Let your wing dry overnight.

HALO

You will need from your stash:

cereal box weight cardboard

bits and pieces of yarn

blunt end needle with a large eye (tapestry needle)

beads if desired

sewing thread and needle that will fit through the bead holes

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The halo is made exactly the same way as the golden halo on the red angel. You can see clearly on this halo how using two different colored yarns will appear.

I did stitch on a few beads to match those around the neck and bottom of the body. If you look closely, you can see the stitching on the back view below. I did that on purpose so you could see. I suggest you use matching thread!

Stitch right through the cardboard form.

HAIR

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Couldn't resist using that bit of wavy blue yarn for her hair!

So quick and easy.

1. I started with 20 worsted weight yarn strands about 8" long. This amount of yarn may be too bulky for your taste. I wanted really full hair.

2. Loosely tie yarn strands together in the middle. The yarn bundle where tied measured about 1 1/2".

3. Place a line of hot glue right on top of the head from the front hair line to the middle back.

4. Set the yarn hair down into the glue right along the yarn tie.

5. Once set, tie a "pony tail" on each side of the head.

6. Tack down near the bottom of the head in several places to hold the "hair" in place. 

7. Trim ends to the length you want them. I trimmed about a half inch off of each side.

ASSEMBLY

you will need a hot glue gun for this step

1. Glue on your wings. You will not need a "brace" to hold these wings away from the top of the body. They fall perfectly in place just as they are.

2. Glue on your halo and your angle is done!

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So - tomorrow! The Quilted Angel!

She's just lovely. The wings

She's just lovely. The wings are gorgeous! And here I was wondering and wondering how in the world you got that amazing pattern on the cone. You know if never occurred to me that you had left the yarn that was already there. haha- I think that's because you are such a weaving genius I assumed you wrapped it in some clever way. But you ARE such a genius that you did the smartest thing and used yarn that was already there. Love it!

Diane turned out beautiful!

Diane turned out beautiful! Wonderful tutorial. You know I will be back tomorrow to see the quilted angel :)

She's gorgeous, Pam! Love

She's gorgeous, Pam! Love the blues and purples, and the iridescent beads! Looks like a lot of work, but well worth the time for the finished results! Thanks for sharing the tutorial!
Big hugs,
Arielle

Hi Pam, love angel Diane. I

Hi Pam, love angel Diane. I love that you keep up to date with new stuff, well it's new to me so please keep up this wonderful creative work that you do. I love it.

These angels are so beautiful

These angels are so beautiful Pam. I can just imagine how much fun you must have had putting them all together. Amazing!

And thanks so much for the birthday message too, what a good memory you have :)

Jx

Hey Pam, That's one great

Hey Pam, That's one great looking angel and thanks so much for linking to my blog! (your kind comments are so appreciated)
Love seeing other applications for the yarn painting and now you have me thinking about adaptations for Christmas Craft Day at school.... hmmmm

she is so lovely!

she is so lovely!

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