A Homemade Christmas Week #1: Felted Rosary

Every year I look for ways to incorporate my crafty talents into Christmas gifts for others. While there's nothing wrong with purchasing gifts, I find that making some helps me avoid some of the commercialism that is so pervasive in our culture during the Advent season. I like to pray for the recipient while I work as well. Also...well...I just really like to make beautiful things:). Hopefully, people appreciate handmade gifts. I have a very loving and kind family so one can't always be sure; but I hope it at least communicates to them how much they are loved.

I recently stumbled across an annual blog meme called A Homemade Christmas at SimplyVintage Girl . I don't generally participate in memes but this one is easy for me. And I love her mission:
Through this, I hope we can inspire and encourage one another in our preparation to celebrate...the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Here's my first contribution...

Week #1: Felted Wool Toddler Rosary

I was inspired to undertake this project by Allison at A Broken Fortress . I entered her very excellent giveaway to try and win the one she made; alas, I didn't win, but I was motivated to use my stash of pretty wool roving to make my own.

One of the most exciting parts of fiber arts for me is seeing the beautiful raw materials take shape into something with specific purpose. The new item is also lovely but very different.

 I have completed 2 decades of this Rosary so far. Having never actually done wet felting before, there was a bit of a learning curve but I'm going more quickly now.

See one of my favorite dry felted creations here . (He now lives in New Zealand with a customer who bought him at Easter time last year.)

I have a couple more projects in the works and can't wait to share them in the coming weeks! In the meantime, I'm headed to vintagegirl to see what other people are making...
Posted on November 19, 2009 and filed under "felted wool rosary", "handmade Christmas".