This project has been in the works for three years. The first year, I decided to do it, but it stopped at the decision. The second year, I made pipe-cleaner forms but that's as far as it got. The project was beginning to feel like Narnia in the reign of the White Witch: always winter and never Christmas...an everlasting advent with no baby Jesus to culminate the season. But this year, I was determined to get it to a giveable form, come what may.
So in between every other project on my December to-do list, I added a felted figure for this happy little set, a nativity for my pastor, Tim; his wife, Rama; and their girls Thais and Iela. When Jason and I first moved up to Boston as newlyweds, they took us in and made us a part of their family: having us over to dinner, inviting us to family events, and generally loving on us. The bond was solidified when I tutored Thais in pre-calculus during her junior year of high school, something I did gladly because Thais is like the little sister I never had...and I just love pre-calculus.
Over this past year, I haven't been able to see Rama and the girls as much as I have in the past. Between taking care of Judah and all of the traveling we've done since he made his grand arrival, it's been hard to connect. But I just love this family. So I wanted to make them something really special this year. And here it is:
|Baby Jesus, tightly swaddled, and his little manger complete with hay|
|Mary...she looks slightly less freaky in real life.|
|Joseph. I love his big nose and the look of surprise he's sporting. I figure Joseph would have been in a state of shock throughout the whole Christmas ordeal.|
So this is the finished set, ready for an addition or two next Christmas. I'm intending to felt a few figures throughout the year since I know I will need them come December. But I also intended to have this set finished three years ago, so we'll see if that actually happens.
As a catch-up from last year, I wanted to share this set, which I made for Jason's mom last year and never blogged about. I intended to add to her nativity this year, but I ran out of steam. It turned out to be okay because she forgot to set it up this year, which I was fine with because it released me from the guilt of not felting something for it. But I think I'll pick it up again for next year. At least, I intend to.
|I can't decide if I like wool or wire better for the wings, but the wool was WAY easier.|
|The straw here is not as detailed, but it does look cozier.|