I love the way finished felt projects look, so colorful and pretty and homey! I haven't quite mastered the medium, though. I seem to do better with paper, but maybe I will conquer felt in this lifetime!
I started making a felt Christmas storyboard for David last year, and lost momentum. So I took it up again this year.
My requirements were:
-representational, but simple
-big and sturdy enough for David to handle
-removable pieces that could be moved around
Problems and Troubleshooting:
Last year I cut out some figures but found them too floppy. Maybe if they were smaller it wouldn't have been as much of an issue. This year I finally fortified them a bit.
|Didn't trim the edges.|
Not all felt is created equal...it doesn't necessarily stick to other felt (without adhesive), and depending on the thickness might also need a pretty strong glue to hold together permanently.
|Removable angel toupee.|
Meanwhile, David wanted there to be eyes, hands, feet, etc. So I added those later.
|You want feet? You got feet.|
It turned out that he was dead against Jesus having clothes or a blanket of any kind, so I had to make a new naked one, which he was pleased with.
My figures definitely aren't anything to sell on Etsy, but I think they'll do for the toddler years and then maybe David will help me make a new, more sophisticated set!
He likes to play with them as a family unit. Mommy Mary nurses Baby Jesus, Daddy Joseph takes him around in the "stroller," etc. The Angel Gabriel has been referred to as "Doctor."
|The facial hair is shared by Joseph and the Angel.|
No shepherds or wise men this year...maybe another time!