Dolly Peg Angels for Handmade Monday

Hello, and welcome to another Handmade Monday. I hope you’ve  had a lovely weekend as we all rev up towards the Christmas festivities.  I was very excited to find that I was able to control the weather on Planet Penny and arrange for some seasonal snow to fall!

I’ve just about reached the point of RSI on the needlefelting front now, and I’m longing to spend an evening with the hexipuffs or some crochet.  I can’t believe how popular the needlefelted robin baubles have been, I think it’s the Kirsty effect!  I’ve just posted the very last ones for this year on Folksy, the result of an experiment, but I really like it.

One of my fellow stall holders at the Pick’n’Mix Makers Market is Fiona Henderson of High Fibre yarns and she makes the most unusual yarns, a bit like french knitting, from lambswool, and I bought a few skeins to try out.  So this is what I’ve used to make a little creamy wreath on which two teeny tiny robins can perch….

…they’ve still got the little feet that make everyone go ‘aaaah!’…


Looking at then here they look huge and a bit hairy, but in fact they’re only 2″/5cm long from beak to tail.

I also  have a rather gorgeous raspberry pink yarn from High Fibre destined to be a mug hug soon, another reason to get at the knitting needles!

By way of a change, I’ve revisited the Dolly Pegs, and made a little Choir of Angels who are also listed on Folksy


…and then decided the Dolly Peg Dolls would make a great tutorial to share, and you can find it here!  I hope you enjoy it, I’d love to see your versions.

I’m off to do some baking now.  We have the Christmas meeting of our Knit and Stitch group this week, and I’m using that as an excuse to get out the Frangipane Mince Pie recipe.  I’ll have to get them into the freezer the minute they’ve cooled down though, they are SO more-ish I doubt there would be any left if I don’t!

Finally, thank you so much for the congratulations and nice comments about Planet Penny being on the Ch4 Favourite Craft Blogs list.  I hadn’t realised before how many links there on the 4Homes website for makers and crafters, well worth a look.  And of course the other place to visit today for handmade inspiration  is Wendy’s Handmade Monday Linky over on 1st Unique Gifts.

I’ll leave you browse…

Have a lovely week! x

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28 thoughts on “Dolly Peg Angels for Handmade Monday

  1. Tilly mint boutique

    I love the dolly peg dolls, I used to make hundreds of them when I was younger, of course yours are much nicer!! I love the robbin wreath too. My little Robbin with be venturing onto our Christmas tree later, the other one is for my mum which I know she will love! Sarah x

  2. Toffeeapple

    It’s the little feet that get me, every time! Love the robin wreath and the Angels are beautiful. Do you buy the leaves or hunt for them in your garden?

  3. Jam Dalory

    Those robins really are great, so cute. The angels are really sweet too. I’ve not made any mince pies this year, i’ll definitely have a look at that recipe. x

  4. Annie

    Oh Penny, what sweet little Peggies 😀 It’s years since I made a peg doll, think I might still have some pegs somewhere though, now where did I put them …

  5. Carol

    The little robbin wreath is ‘to die for’. It is beautiful, no other word describes it. Love your peg angels too and you have reminded me that I too have some pegs somewhere in my workroom, I ought to look them out hadn’t I.

  6. Crochet with Raymond

    I love the angels Penny! My favourite is the last one, she looks so sweet, I hope they find their perfect homes for Christmas, and how awesome are you for sharing your secrets :O)
    I am hungry for one of your mince pies now they look amazing!

  7. Susie

    Oh my, the little robins are so so cute! And then the little angel! Oh I love both. I’m not going to talk about baked good since I can’t eat that anyway. 🙂 Always love your stuff.

  8. wendy

    Your angels are so lovely. I am inspired to try making some sort of angelic being myself. And as for those frangipane mince pies….let’s just say I see some baking in my future. 🙂

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