(go on, you know you want to make some!).
Here are the updated pics of the kings - all they need now are their various gifts.
I'm using 10cm tall wooden flexible people and 100% wool felt because once you've used it you'll never use the acrylic stuff again.
Various bits and pieces such as the small cross and star on the kings just came from the haberdashery department at Spotlight as did the gold tie at the waist of one of them and the cardboard for two of the crowns.
I got all my first supplies and the guidance to get going from Shelley at Little Sparrow.
She has a great range of all things related to doll making, felting, knitting and hand crafts in general.
And she's knowledgeable, helfpul and friendly to boot.
What more could you want.
A friend picked up some additional little folk from Sylph in Croydon and I grabbed some extra felt from The Steiner Store in Kew, who also stock the little people.
Today I went to Winterwood in Park Orchards and got this fabulous book
from which I will make my donkey and more animals in the years to come such as the camels, sheep, pigs and cows, but probably not the penguins or the polar bears!
I also got some supplies to try my hand at dry felting so I can embellish the cloaks for the shepherds and put fleece on sheep.
These four shops are all based in Melbourne but I know Winterwood and Little Sparrow both do mail order.
Let me stress I am very much a beginner at this and am crafting by the seat of my pants!
To see how the experts do it check out Sam and Peta's blogs - they make felty friends that are to die for. Stitching that is so perfect... aaahhhh.
Sam even made the most amazing nativity last year, and then gave it away.
If you are a felt crafter I'd love to hear what you do and any tips you can pass on to those of us who are new would be much appreciated.