Whitsun dove

May 31, 2009


I tried a little tutorial for our whitsun doves this year… of course you can just make the simple versions with just body and wings, but we added a few firey embellishments to ours which don’t look out of place with the last of the Autumn colours on our trees right now. 


Step 1 – gather your materials

wooden bead, wool with needle for threading, small paper doily, two matching dove shapes cut out of paper, tissue paper in flame colours cut into leaf or flame shapes, sticky tape, and glue

Step 2 – thread the bead onto the end of your wool and tie in place.  this will give a little weight to the bottom so it hangs nicely and stops the dove sliping off. 

Step 3 – hold both bird shapes together and snip a cut from the middle of the back down to the middle of the birds. (This will hold the wings later)

Step 4 – tape the end of the wool and the wool above the bead onto one bird cutout, so the bead will hang just below the bird


Step 5 – glue the second bird over the first to hide the wool ends.  Make sure the length of  wool comes out at the slit.


Step 6 – fold up the doily concertina fashion, and thread the wool length through the middle, making a hole with the needle. 


Step 7 – hold the concertina folds together in the middle and slide down the wool until it sits in the slit you made in the body of the bird for the wings.  Once in place, gently fan out the ends of the doily to create open wings.


Step 8 – thread tissue paper flames onto your wool above the dove, poking holes through with your needle as you go. 

Step 9 – unthread the needle, tie a loop at the top of your wool and hang. 



3 Responses to “Whitsun dove”

  1. Linda Says:

    This is lovely…

  2. Carle Says:

    I ve been missing your postings, youve been so quiet [or have I missed some 🙂 ].

    Thanks so much for posting the tutorial. We will make ours tomorrow.

    Loved you idea with the lemon cake so I added your suggestion to the blog posting oh and I corrected the error.

    BTW – Do you have an etsy shop?


  3. Jennifer D Says:

    Hey there! This is beautiful 🙂 I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a watermelon award for your blog. I enjoy it so much!

    You can cut and paste from my blog and then just list 6 things that make you happy and pass the award on to 6 more bloggers. Don’t forget to put the melon on your blog, as well!

    If you don’t have time to do this, please let me know so I can nominate someone else 🙂

    Thanks and have a great week! I look forward to more blogging from you in the future (no pressure, but just know how much I enjoy it)



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