Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Making progress...

Well there you go - I did take a short blog hiatus after all.

An unintended one though, the whole Melbourne Cup long weekend thing meant we had lots of activities to fill our days (picnics, movies, swimming, trips to the beach) - none of which I remembered to take photo's of.

I have been making some progress on the nativity though.
I'm lucky enough to be able to sew in the car which helps, nope no sign of travel sickness at all.

So here's the progress.

The main players are ready to get some hair and shrouds/veils.
Mary on the left with the babe and Joseph on the right - the felt under Mary's main cloak is actually a gorgeous deep red.

I've kept them simple - they weren't rich folk like the kings.

Then a couple of shepherds - with woolly cloaks in my first attempt at needle felting.
I was going for a rustic, earthy look.

Their cloaks need some sort of closure at the top and then hair, beards and coverings too.

I also have underway what now appears to be a grossly oversized sheep...
The pattern was reduced to 70% of original and I thought it would be OK - but after putting it near the shepherds today and I am not convinced.
I think it could be a rogue sheep and would not be able to be contained by them.
And that just won't do in such a peaceful scene.

And lastly the star - to which I will add a little more razzle dazzle - it is a star after all so OK for it to shine.

I'm thinking more of the seed beads branching out from the centre of the star.


I'm pretty happy with where I am at given that it's still early November.

I want to get a donkey and angel done as definite items and there's an inn-keeper also on the go if I get time.

10 comments:

Cindy said...

It is all lookig so good! You are doing a really amazing job. I can't wait to see. I had to giggle at the thought of the super-sized sheep.

Charity said...

This is looking amazing!! It's going to be really wonderful. :o)

Jo's Place said...

It's looking fantastic, great work.

Sarah-Jo said...

these look fabulous!

Gina said...

Love them, Karen. Especially the sweet stitching on Mary and Joseph's clothes. Having a good giggle thinking about the oversized rogue sheep intruding...

'Silent night... BAAAAAA! Holy night.... BBBAAAAA BAAAAAA!!!!'

As long as he doesn't sit on poor baby Jesus...

cherri said...

They are great! Your stitching is so neat...did this idea come from a book or how did you come up the idea? It is going to look gorgeous.

Cass said...

Great job Karen they look fantastic, can't wait to see them all together

dearmolly said...

Looking good! Beautiful stitching and felting. So what was in that sheep feed? :)

snowflakes4sam said...

Hi Karen your nativity is coming along wonderfully. I have started on my nativity again. The donkey and one of the sheep are done. I too had some very large sheep - it stood about 1/2 way up the camel, the first time around and ended up giving them away and making smaller ones. Beautiful beading on the star. I can't wait to see it all. Cheers - Sam.

Cascade Lily said...

Oh cute! I love the star. That colour is fabulous!