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Snowflake Ornament

It’s time to start thinking about Christmas! Christmas Ornaments I love Christmas and I love homemade Christmas Ornaments. Our tree is a hodge-podge of this and that we have collected over many, many years. It will never be featured in a magazine spread, but it is full of memories. Each year I try to do something new.

I am currently having a love affair with Wool and WoolFelt. I just love the stuff!!! It is so easy to work with.

This pattern was inspired by one I saw on the internet. The one above in the center is a snowflake, but if has a few things wrong with it. To begin with a snowflake always has 6 arms. It is a crystal and grows from the center out, so snowflakes can’t have a hole in the center. I know this doesn’t really matter, but when you live in Vermont, snow matters.

My Snowflake Ornament shared with you.

First download and print the Snowflake Ornament Pattern Sheet here.

Trace Large Circle Front onto Freezer Paper. Include lines for marking.
Cut open slits for marking. Iron freezer paper to felt. Staple through freezer paper and 2 layers of felt. This keeps everything from shifting Using a pen, mark the slits through the freezer paper. (This is the wrong side of the “front.”) Cut out circles. Repeat for background smaller circle on contrast fabric. Remove staples and freezer paper. Carefully cut the slit marks on these lines.

Gather edges with embroidery floss where the o’s are on the back of the front circle. Fold ribbon in half. Attach the ribbon to the background at one edge. Layer back (face down), background, and top (face up).

Stitch a running stitch all around large circles (through all layers) to hold in place. Do you like to make homemade ornaments? Do you give them for gifts? I would love to hear about them. If you have an interest in snowflakes I would recommend you read about Snowflake Bentley. He was a man who lived in Vermont who was the first person to really photograph and study snowflakes. He is an interesting Vermonter.

 

Back Stitch Tutorial

Christmas Ornaments

Today we are going to practice……….

The Back-stitch 

While the back-stitch is not technically used to quilt, it is used by lots of quilters to embellish our works or art.

It is a very simple and effective stitch.

First of all you need an embroidery needle and some thread.

I recommend a Crewel #7 and embroidery floss, but you can use whatever you have on hand, just make sure the needle’s eye is big enough that the thread fits comfortably through it and it is not so big that it leaves a great big hole.

You can work with a hoop or not. Lots of people do, lots of people don’t. I won’t judge you, so please don’t judge me. (I don’t use a hoop for my hand quilting either.)

 

Ready to have fun??????

Thread you needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread.  (See above disclaimer…)

Come up through the fabric at  ”A”

Go down through the fabric at “B” (try to get the thread in the exact hole of the previous stitch.) and

Come back up through the fabric at “C”

Your previous “A” is now the “B” that you go down through and just repeat and repeat.

It looks like this. It is much easier to just do it then to read about it..

Tips:

  • Take small stitches. It will take a little longer, but look smoother in the end.
  • Try to keep your stitches equal distant.

 

Now what can you do with a back-stitch?

1. Put the date on a label or on the back of a homemade Christmas ornament. (Yes, it is time to start thinking about Christmas.)

Back of Christmas ornament

Work in Progress

Christmas Ornaments

Make some for yourself today. They make great gifts!

Have a Quilty Day!

Michelle

 

Disclaimer: I am not a member of the Royal Academy of Needlework or anything like that. I do a lot of things the “wrong” way. I always have. It works for me, it looks good, it might work for you too. You can try it, if you don’t like it my way there is an internet full of other helpful sites and tutorials.