I finally finished the mobile for my daughter. She currently has a musical, moving mobile above her crib, so I made her this one for above her changing table. She seems to love it- she babbles and "chats" with the birds.
For the foundation of the mobile I used a branch from a Japanese Maple, as I did in the mobile I made for my niece. I just love the structure of the branches.
I used Sparkle Mod Podge to add some interest to the branch.
The birds are made of craft felt. I freehand drew a pattern for them. The birds' wings are attached with a blanket stitch. I used a blanket stitch to assemble the birds also. Just a little french knot for the eyes and some embroidery for a little embellishment.
As for the hanging balls, I hand felted those using the needle felting technique. I used domestic carded wool for the base (The wool smells delightfully of animal and earth. As it is unprocessed and unaltered, merely carded, it maintains it's organic scent. So fantastic!) Some of the balls I left solid- others I felted designs onto- polka dots, squiggles, what-have-you.
I am going to add a few more metal doodads to catch the light.
I especially love how happy it is, and how it isn't "babyish"...not only will it grow with her, but someday if she thinks she is too cool for it, I can hang it in our common living space.
Thanks for taking a look!