I love Christmas Nativity and every year, I make at least one set of Nativity dolls. I have many sets in different designs but never get tired of making a new one.
It is certainly a lovely story with many characters including animals. It is just perfect for a doll maker like me.
This year, I made two sets with felt fabric.
One is very simple. It is this one.
The figures are very simple without arms or legs and they all share the same basic template. It only took me half a day. Baby Jesus sleeps in a walnut shell comfortably.
This is very cute, and I was very pleased with it, but I just had to make a large set with all players including animals.
So, here I go.
The first part: Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. If I can make the main characters right, I know the set will work.
Then, I added shepherds.
Animals are a little more challenging because proportions do matter, but I think I did all right. I made bull and sheep lying down to create the feeling of intimacy.
Now, three wise men.
They are my favorite. I get to enjoy decorating with embroideries, beads and ornaments.
My camels are dressed up nicely, too.
And here is the full cast.
Merry Christmas, everyone!