from simple tassels, Linda Westerman's angels
are fun to make - and when it comes to adding
individual touches you can allow your creativity
to run wild.
by Ian Cole
area: 10.5 x 8 cm
from the gold Jap, all threads are in
colours of your own choice.
x 16 cm 18 count canvas
gold Jap No. 12
cotton No. 8
cotton No. 5
cotton No. 8
piece of off-white felt and
a little padding
of small beads
sequin (round or crescent-shaped)
x 7 cm piece of firm card
a rectangle 4 x 7 cm in the centre of the
canvas. The first row of couching
is worked around this rectangle.
couch the first row, lay the gold Jap
between two threads of canvas and, using
the pearl cotton No. 5, couch it in place
around the measured rectangle, spacing
the couching stitches as shown in chart
to chart 1 as a guide, couch further rows
of gold Jap around the border, leaving one
channel of canvas between each row. To create
a rich effect, work at least five rows of
couching is complete, work back
stitch between the rows of couching,
as shown in chart 2.
either pearl cotton No. 8 or a fine metallic
thread, work rows of running
stitch diagonally across the centre
rectangle (see chart). This will create
a darning pattern.
the pearl cotton around the 7 cm depth of
the card about 60 times.
slide the uncut tassel off the card. Wrap
a length of pearl cotton around the tassel
one-third from the top, then divide the
top into two to create the wings.
a length of thread around the tassel
and divide for the wings
the tassel on the canvas background. To
anchor the angel to the canvas and create
the bodice shape, work a few stitches firmly
over the waist and wings, taking the stitches
through the canvas.
a small circle of felt for the head. Work
a gathering thread in running stitch around
the edge of the circle then pull up the
stitching so that the edges curl inwards.
Push a tiny bit of wadding into the back
of the felt and draw up the gathering thread
until the head is the right size.
the head on the body and stitch in place.
Use tiny stab stitches and work them at
an angle under the edge of the head so that
they cannot be seen.
eyes and mouth are worked in tiny fly
stitches with ordinary sewing thread
or a single strand of stranded cotton. Do
not pull the fly stitches too tight or the
head will become squashed!
hair is worked in french
knots (or bullion
knots, if preferred) and can be used
to give a very individual air to your angel.
fun decorating the skirt and bodice of the
angel with beads, buttons or other exciting
bits from your collection.
the crescent-shaped sequin behind the angel's
head as a halo (or cut the crescent shape
from a round sequin). Attach with straight
stitches worked over the sequin or by stitching
through a bead and through the end of the
metallic, textured or random-dyed threads
for the angel tassel
a variety of backgrounds as shown in the 'Gallery'
- let your imagination run wild!
can let your imagination run wild when it comes
to creating backgrounds and adding individual
touches to your angels. Here are some suggestions:
a scrim background decorated with strips
of gold mesh, this well-dressed angel is
made from metallic yarn and decorated with
a loose wrap of strung beads.
angel, hovering at the edge of a card 'door',
has a belt of strung beads, and some of
the same beads are used in the hair.