Poor neglected blog! I suppose it is what comes of trying to lecture full time, write part time and work towards a market on the side… Anyway, if anyone still looks in now and again I thought they might like to see some things I’ve been making lately. They’re all for a beautiful Christmas market that a small community of local crafters have been busily preparing for, now just nine days away! Whatever funds we can raise with our handmade work will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
These little star babies are something I make most Christmases but this year I’ve been a little more adventurous with the colour of the felt. I like the purple and pink and if I have time I’m hoping to make a few more in turquoise. The photo doesn’t show it very well but the cribs are embroidered with gold stars.
I make most things in sets but this pregnant Mary is a just a one-off. Again, my photo doesn’t show it well but she has little gold stars all over her tummy. I’ve ordered some postcards to be made from a photo of her, so hopefully I’ll have those to offer alongside her on the day. (I didn’t make the fox, he was a present from my mum. I just thought he looked like a good friend and protector for her.)
I usually make these knitted wreaths with babies snoozing in them but this year I’ve put nests instead with little robins’ eggs that I made out of polymer clay.
Like the Mary figure a couple of photos up, these gnomes were made using the little dolls bases you can buy in most Steiner/Waldorf shops. It might be because I made them while watching the first series of Vikings, but to me they look quite determined and warrior like!
Much more peaceful and less warrior-like are Mary and Joseph and their newborn. These figures are really tiny (about as tall as matchsticks, without their hats on). If I have time I’d like to make some little stables to put them in like a proper nativity.
And these dolls were made from an old woolly blanket I was given very cheaply because it was in such awful condition. I cut out the good bits and love having so much beautiful wool fabric in all these different pastel colours!
Our fond hope for the market is that our community will find in our work a beautiful alternative to the kind of Christmas shopping that supports harmful systems. Everything we sell is made by happy people like me who enjoyed every stitch. None of it has travelled far to find its way onto our tables. And all of the profits go to an organisation that is dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights.
Here are the details just in case you can make it.
Please come along and say hello if you can. We have worked so hard and will be so happy to see you!