Whoa, tannenbaum! Blythe Church felts Christmas

Halifax artist handcrafts a life-size tree and toys for charity.

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Blythe Church, whose felted Rolleiflex camera is the picture of handmade perfection on the cover of our new Buy Local city guide, has seriously outdone herself this time. A year-long project commissioned by the Keating family, Church felted a life-sized Christmas tree and toys. “I used an artificial tree with all the needles removed as a base for the tree, which I covered in a hand-dyed wool fringe, anchored with wire to create needles,” she says. “The tree was intended to look vintage, but I used toys that have been popular for a long period of time so that the tree would be nostalgic for people of all ages. Most of the toys are interactive, the Etch A Sketch knobs turn, the bricks in the wagon all come out to be played with, the oven has a tray of cookies inside and the xylophone has a noisemaker inside that plays scales.”

The felted masterpiece will be auctioned off November 28 at the Festival of Trees, in aid of Mental Health Nova Scotia. For info on the event, visit festivaloftreesns.ca, and to feel all Charlie Brown inside, check out more photos at sewnbyblythe.blogspot.com.

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