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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.

 

Mix it up

Do you mix-it-up? I mean do you mix machine work and hand work. I try to keep one of each project going at all times.

If you have been reading my blog you would think that I am a real machine enthusiast. If you knew me in person, you would probably wonder who is writing this blog….

In fact among my quilting friends I am perceived as quite the traditionalist. My loves are applique and crazy quilting with a strong emphasis on silk ribbon and beading. :) I confess, I love handwork!

The problem with handwork is that it is time consuming. I just can’t get done everything I want to get done. (And I am not just talking about quilting, if you catch my drift.)

I am working to learn the art of machine quilting in hopes of upping my total finished projects, but….

I still love a good old needle and thread job.

  • Handwork is portable.
  • Handwork can be done at otherwise wasted minutes and hours.
  • It makes the hubby happy. I reach over and rub his feet every now and then when I’m sitting on the couch at night watching listening to the television.
  • It is worth the effort.

I really do find it rewarding!

My mom picked up this little kit and pattern about 3 weeks ago at the last Vermont Quilt Festival. I was able to finish the entire mat in just a few days. It is addictive.The Cat's Meow

It is called “The Cat’s Meow Candle Mat” by Bareroots. I just LOVE her style. The mat is very small. It’s finished size is only 8″ in diameter.

It probably isn’t very practical, but it is adorable.

It only take 3 very simple stitches to be able to complete this project.

  • The Whip Stitch
  • The  Back Stitch
  • The  French Knot

Tutorials for these stitches are coming soon….

I can’t resist a few closeups. (I’m like a grandmother….he he.)

Gray and White Kitty

The tiny mouse was fun to stitch.Siamese KittyThe mouse measures 1/2″ x 1/4″! It is tiny.

 

 

 

Playful Calico

Quick, the mouse is getting away!

Do you have a preference of hand or machine work, or are you like me and like to have a little of both going at the same time?

Well it is VERY HOT in this non-air conditioned sewing room, so until next time…. Happy Stitching!

Michelle