We had our final 'cafe market day' at the school last week.
I had a little stall and decided to bring a little Spring colour onto it by decorating with flowers and colourful fleece birds.
We were taught to make fleece angels at craft group a few weeks ago. Ready for Christmas.
I was inspired to use the basic principle of making a knot for the head and leaving the remainder flowing. On some level I wondered 'what else has wings', 'what else floats through the air'. And came up with a bird.
They only take me about 10mins to make and are so simple, my 3 year old -Little Pipkin-almost completely made his own (I tied his knot and pushed the beak in for him).
|Pull of a long piece of fleece (twice the length of your final bird).|
Tie a knot in the centre.
|Fold the length in half, and look at the knot |
to decide which way looks best for a head.
|Wind one half of the length around the other (below the knot),|
and needle into place, to form the body.
|Add a little more fleece, balled up, if you would like a prominent belly.|
|Take two even, wispy pieces of fleece for wings.|
|Pinch them at the top to form a triangle shape|
(one at a time)
|Needle each wing into place. At an angle to the body.|
|As an alternative, a single piece of fleece across|
the body can make great wings too (Little Pipkin
made his wings this way)
|Ball up a tiny piece of fleece and use the needle, to create a beak.|
Mr Pipkin is being very slow and careful here.
(These needles hurt much more than sewing needles if you prick yourself)
|Push your beak into place with the felting needle.|
|Add a line/wire/string/cord through the back, to hang your bird.|
I tie a knot, to make a long loop and hide the knot within
the body of the bird.
We have hung a couple on our Spring Season's tree on our Nature Table. They truly are sweet.