The pocket for Day 24 of my elder daughter's Advent Calendar contained the angel for the top of the Christmas tree. So the pocket picture of Father Christmas gave no clue.
|Day 24 pocket|
I made the angel from an old brown t-shirt, it has pipe cleaners in its arms and legs and between the head and body, so is somewhat posable. The dress is golden fabric (the same fabric I once used to make an ice skating dress for a Gotz doll) overlaid with tulle which is flecked with gold. The wings are made from short pieces of gold ribbon which came off crackers one year, I stitched them with golden thread onto a doubled over pipe cleaner.
The hair was black wool knitted, dampened, ironed then unravelled to make it wavy. The headband is a scrap of fabric left over from my wedding dress and both the Christening gowns of my daughters (which I made) plus some beads which came from an old hair tie my elder daughter used to wear. She recognised it immediately.
|The angel Gabriel|
|The angel's face|
|Close up of the angel|
|The angel's wings|
|Back view of the angel's head|
|Back view of the angel|
|Back of the angel dress, showing the opened fastening|
|Back of the dress showing the wings stitched to the dress|
|Undressed angel, wearing the headband|
|The angel at the top of the tree|
The tree was shared with her landlord and landlady, so also has some of their decorations on it, including the former Archbishops of York (++John Sentamu) and Canterbury (++Rowan Williams).
|The angel at the top, above the choral scholar with the two archbishops|
|The fully decorated Christmas tree topped with the angel from day 24 pocket|