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Yarnia Inspired Angels: Making Wheat Harvest Angel
Submitted by Pam on Fri, 09/30/2011 - 17:23
Since I love playing with wheat - fashioning it into ornaments and brooms and house blessings - I just had to make a "harvest" angel using wheat straws. I have named this one Leslie and those who know her (she is my little sister) will understand!
However, as much as I love her, I am not all that happy with her wings. I plan to make the wings larger using Black Bearded Duram Wheat from my favorite wheat supplier, Blackbeards. And this time I will leave the wheat heads attached.
The second pair will be about 7" across and glued to the back of the angel right on top of the set that is already there to create a 3-D wing!
Since most readers do not have the same attachment to wheat that I do, I am including the tutorial for how I made these wings with the idea that they could just as easily be made using paper straws.
You will need:
dental floss (or strong thread)
1.Cut a piece of dental floss about 16" long and place it on your work surface.
2. Gather several paper straws together - somewhere between 16 and 20 and place them side by side in a row across the top of the floss.
3. Now carefully tie the dental floss into a knot around the center point of your straws drawing your straws into a tight, flat bundle as shown.
Note: I find it helpful to have another pair of hands holding the straws flat against the work surface while pulling the knot tight so the straws don't bunch up. Pre-folding in the middle of each straw will also help make tying them together easier.
4. Cutting the tips at a slant adds a pretty little decorative touch.
At this point, if you are using paper straws, you might wish to spray paint the wings gold or silver. Or dust them with spray adhesive and glitter.
Note: My wings measure about 5" from tip to tip but I really think 7" across would be in better proportion.
Create a halo in the same way. Once tied, cut one side into a size and shape you like for the halo, and cut the other side into a curved fan about 1/2" from the center tie.
For whatever reason, I saw this angel with wild, unkept hair! The tan section of that wavy tri-colored yarn skein I found at the thrift shop was perfect with the "natural" colors used to make the harvest angel.
The hair is attached in much the same way as the hair for the quilted angel.
1. Mark the hairline around the angel's face using a light pencil. Cut strands of worsted weight yarn about 4" long.
2. Place a spot of hot glue on the head.
3. Fold a piece of yarn in half and place the fold into the glue.
4. Begin adding yarn at the marked hair line in the front about half way between the top and bottom of the head. Work around the head to the hair mark on the opposite side.
5. The next line of yarn will be a little above the first one. Continue working toward the top. Be sure to place a spot of glue and piece of yarn right on top of the screw.
6. The last pieces of yarn should be placed on the head at the point where they will be hidden by the halo. Now do a little trimming here and there and the hair is done!
Use a hot glue gun to attach your wings and halo to the angel.
Add other embellishments if you wish. I had tiny wooden stars in my stash and couldn't resist adding them to the skirt.
If I were going to keep these wings, I would add a little star to the center back of the wings. I will wait to do that until the replacement wings are completed.
If you use straw wings, you might want to add a little something to hide the center. Glitter always works!
One more angel to go! The one who gave me all kinds of trouble - so she gets to be last!