Every year I like to create some new simple handmade ornaments for Christmas. Not only do I get the fun of playing with the goodies in my craft stash but I love the feeling that I'm creating a little stash of ornaments for Livvy to keep and remember her childhood by, even the ones she doesn't always like :)
Apologies for the poor lighting but it is a grey dull day here in London. I'm thinking they will look rather sweet hanging from my ubiquitous white twigs at Christmas.
I've always loved the Swedish Dala horses and was inspired to make these whilst taking a little break from making another batch of my festive lavender houses:
I'm currently in the process of writing up a little tutorial for these felt dala horse ornaments to share with you, they really are quite simple to make and you don't need much at all in the way of materials just some red felt, scraps of white ric rac, red and white embroidery floss, some bakers twine and a bead if you feel so inclined - I also used some scraps of Warm and Natural batting, left over from some Christmas patchwork bibs I've been making, between the two layers of felt to add a little extra body.
I've actually got a couple of tutorials on the go at the moment which I'm looking forward to sharing with you all.
I might even put together some little kits to add to the shop if there is enough interest as I know it can be frustrating and expensive sometimes to have to go out and buy all the materials, particularly when you don't need an awful lot of each item.
And Livvy, how can you not love my Snowls .........?
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