I decided to try my hand at cotton spun ornaments. I started with little doll shards like this one:
First, I painted the heads and put some finish on them so that they wouldn't chip.
I need to work on making the cotton more even. Oh well. This was my first attempt. I'm also going to try different sources for cotton roving, to see if they vary in quality and texture. After the wrapping, I painted the cotton with thinned acrylic craft paint. I've also read that you can dye the cotton. That would probably be very pretty. Then I glued on the heads with tacky glue and decorated the painted cotton bodies with little bits of fabric, wool roving, crepe paper, buttons, and lace. Then I sprayed them with glitter spray to make them festive. They range in size from 2" - 5". Here are my Thuringian shards, transformed into little holiday children:
Cotton spun Easter bunny
Also, do image searches for cotton spun ornaments and you'll come up with plenty of photos of adorable ornaments.
I haven't ordered anything from this website yet, but it looks like they have LOTS of spun ornament supplies: Blumchen and Company