When Gina from Willow Day asked me to join the Scandinavian Christmas countdown I was really excited…still, a bird ornament was the furthest thing from my mind. I’d never designed anything with a Scandanavian look. I thought I should do a bit of research on Scandinavian crafts and motifs and see what I could come up with.
I’d barely got started when Inga flew down and rested on my window sill and said she was sure she had a Scandanavian connection somewhere in her family tree. She was insistent so I took her on her word.
Here I’ve made my Inga in pure wool felt. The wool felt has a Scandinavian feel and the blues and greys remind me of the subdued northern light. And they certainly all match Inga’s personality. Hope you enjoy making her as much as I enjoyed designing her.
What you need
20cm X 15cm grey felt
12cm X 12cm blue felt
red felt for beak
black felt and white felt for eyes
25cm length of embroidery floss
rice or other weighting material
What to do
Use the template to cut out the felt shapes for Inga.
Position the beak between the front and back layers of Inga. Fold the embroidery floss in half, knot to make a loop and place in position at the top of Inga’s head as shown above. I’ve used Aurifloss to make my loop.
Sew around Inga leaving a gap for stuffing. I use Aurifil Mako 28 for most of my hand sewing projects.
Fill the bottom half of Inga with rice grains or any other granular weighting material. Fill the rest of Inga with wool stuffing. Sew the gap closed.
Glue on her eye, fringe the bottom of her wings and say “hej Inga”.
god Jul, Trixi
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