For many years, this giant Christmas Angel measuring six feet long and three feet wide has hung somewhere in our house over the holiday season.
I sewed it myself from a small black and white illustration that I saved when I was working for a newspaper. The original illustration was used for a newspaper advertisement.
The date on the illustration is 1978, but I kept it in my sewing basket for about fifteen years before I got around to tackling this project.
First I folded the illustration in quarters. Then I drew each quarter, using a pencil, onto a sheet of white tissue paper. That was the hard part.
I taped the four quarters together and used that as the template for my wall hanging.
I knew the backing wouldn't show, so I used an old piece of flowered quilted fabric to keep the whole thing stable.
Then I spent the whole afternoon in a fabric store, choosing pieces of beautiful fabric. That was the fun part.
For the wings, I chose this flowered brocade.
For her golden hair, I chose this shiny gold fabric.
For her dress, I combined three different gold and blue prints. You can see how easily they frayed, so I had to handle them very carefully.
I sewed the background pieces of the sky with my machine, but I cut out and appliquéd each piece of the angel carefully by hand.
I used gold rick-rack for the cross. I used gold thread in the sewing machine to create the rays of light.
I was very worried about how to create her face. Eventually I sewed two pieces of satin back to back, then reversed them right side out. I appliquéd the finished piece by hand.
I did the same thing with the hands. I couldn't sew individual fingers, so it looks like she is wearing gloves!
The Angel is a lovely addition to our holiday decor.
Tweedle Tip: Don't stick to a ready-made pattern, but look for inspiration everywhere. Practically any image that you find appealing can be transferred to fabric with some basic sewing skills.