In honor of the 26 souls lost on December 14, 2012 our family decided to make 26 woolen angels in their memory (here is our original post ). They are beautiful, full of light, and for whatever reason bring us great peace when we see them. We've asked anyone who feels called to participate to make some along with us. We will be traveling to Newtown, Conn. after Christmas to spend some time. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org should you want to send one our way.
Here is how we made our angels, you will need::
colored Magic Wool
First, pull off about 12-16 inches of wool roving, about 2 inches wide. Don't cut it or the ends will be too clean and it will give the end result an unnatural finish.
Tie a knot in the center, choose an end and separate it into two parts.
Fold those two parts over the knot and fan around the knot to create the head of the angel. Take a piece of thread and tie it around the knot as seen above. Leave a long tail and create a loop, Thread it through the top of the head so it will hang nicely.
Take your pipe cleaner and cut it in half. With thin wisps of wool, wrap them around the pipe cleaner. fold the end over to form the hands and wrap again with a thin piece of wool roving. Bend into a "U" shape. Split the body of your angel into 2 pieces, horizontally, and place the arms in between the pieces.
Flip your angel over and pull a small section off of the back piece of roving (these will be your wings). Fold them up over the head and tie off the body, below the arms, with some thread.
Separately, with a smaller pieces of wool, wrap some Magic Wool around it to create the image of a swaddled baby. Place the swaddling in the arms of the angel and then gently form the wing pieces. It takes a little finessing, but it will come together.
To wonder at beauty,
Stand guard above truth,
Revere what is noble,
Resolve on the good.
This leadeth man truly
To purpose in living,
To justice in dealing,
To peace in his feeling,
To light in his thinking;
And teaches him trust
In the ruling of God,
In all the exists,
In the widths of the world,
In the depths of the soul.
~ Rudolf Steiner