Finishing Ideas for Handcrafts

Snowman Love Part 3

September 8, 2009
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At Long Last – Snowman Love is Finis!

I included a specialty stitch – I used Turkey Work for the fringe on the little snow people’s scarves.

Turkey Work is really easy.  If you’ve never done it, don’t be afraid.  Start with a back stitch,

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take a loop, and back into the next hole (I use a straight pin to keep my loops from pulling thru),  Snowman Love 160

then repeat.Snowman Love 163

Just continue taking a back stitch and then a loop, following the contours of the scarf and moving the straight pin as needed.  BTW, I work from right to left, but it doesn’t matter – whichever way is more comfortable for you.  Before you know it, you’ll have a whole row of Turkey Work.Snowman Love 168a

You can cut the loops, if you want to, but I prefer the loops.

Continue the Turkey Work on the snow lady’s scarf.Snowman Love 169

One last 3-D touch – a pom-pom for the snow lady’s hat!Snowman Love 170a

I haven’t actually attached the pom-pom yet – I won’t do that until near the end of finishing.

Prep the ornament by washing and pressing – be careful not to crush down the Turkey Work!

I’m making a tuck frame for this ornie.  To make the backing, I use a used dryer sheet (or in this case, two dryer sheets)Snowman Love 180

I made a paper pattern of the shape I wanted, and cut out the front and back of the ornie.Snowman Love 181

That circle in the middle is the exact size I want for the opening of my tuck frame, so I can sew along the opening without removing the paper pattern.

Cut out the center leaving a small seam allowance,Snowman Love 182

clip along the curve nearly to your stitching,Snowman Love 183

and turn the dryer sheet lining to the inside.Snowman Love 184

Pin the front frame to the backing piece, right sides together.  Don’t forget to put in a hanger!  I’m using a pretty piece of ribbon.  Snowman Love 185Sew along the outside edges, and trim the seam close to your stitching.Snowman Love 187

Turn everything out to the right side, and press it well.

Back your ornament with iron on interfacing (I use a fusible low loft batting designed for quilting) and trim to fit the Tuck frame.Snowman Love 188

The white line is from my chalk pencil – I forgot to brush it off before I took this pic – lol!

Now attach the pom-pom to the snowlady’s hat (use the long stings left from making the pom threaded thru your needle and stitched from the front of the ornament to the back  Snowman Love 189– tie a square knot on the back to secure.  Sorry the pic is so blurry – you can tell it’s getting late!

Insert the ornie into the tuck frame – and Ta-Da!  Snowman Love 190

If you want more detailed info on making a tuck frame you can check here.

Well, what do you think?  I’d love to get your comments on my little ornament.

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Betcha thought I forgot that I promised to publish the chart for you!1 lol

Well, I didn’t.

Snowman Love bw

Here it is, in two versions, color and black/white symbols, so you can take the one you want!

Snowman Love Color

Please, if you stitch one of my designs, send me a picture.

Oh yes, and all the usual legal stuff – don’t claim  my work as your own, you may stitch my design for yourself or as a gift, if you want to sell a finished piece, please be polite and ask my permission and give me credit for the design, don’t post thecharts on another site, but feel free to post a link to my blog, ya-da-ya-da, etc.

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Ornament Finishing 2

April 29, 2009
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I want to share some ornament finishing ideas with you – so here is another one.

Here’s a simple fabric finish that I used for an ornament exchange last year:

bless-us-082-gallerieBless Us Ornament (Lots and lots of pics!) (This was stitched with WDW Christmas)

1. Gather your materials: Stitched piece, fabric, ribbon, thread, fusible padding, stitch witchery(the kind intended for hems), buttons or other embellishments.bless-us-072
2. Measure out from the stitching (1-2” to 3-4”)bless-us-073bless-us-074
3. Cut two strips of fabric the width of your stitched piece by about 3 inches.bless-us-075
4. Pin the strips, right sides facing, to the top and bottom.bless-us-076
5. Sew along your marked lines.bless-us-077
6. Open, andbless-us-078
7. Pressbless-us-079
8. Measure the total length and  bless-us-080
9. Cut two more strips of fabric the length by about three inches.bless-us-081
10. Pin right sides facing andbless-us-082
11. Sew, thenbless-us-083
12. Press openbless-us-084
13. Cut a piece of fabric the height of your front and two inches wider than the width,bless-us-085
14. Cut this piece in half down the middle.bless-us-086
15. Turn under 1-2 inch and press on one side bless-us-087
16. Don’t forget to pin a length of ribbon to the top right side of your ornament (we won’t mention that I frequently forget this important step – lol!)bless-us-088
17. Lay the two pieces of backing, right side up, and with the folded edge on top towards the center (I have the corner turned back just to show you the folded edge).bless-us-089
18. Place the ornament front, right side down over the backing pieces and pin.  I bring the ribbon hanger out through the opening in the back so I won’t accidentally sew it in the sides.bless-us-090
19. Sew around all four edges.  bless-us-091At the corners, stop stitching 2 or 3 stitches from the corner, turn to 45 degrees, and sew to the next side, then turn and complete sewing the side.corner-seam
20. Trim seams andbless-us-0922
21. Cornersbless-us-0931
22. Cut a piece of fusible padding slightly smaller than the finished ornament – trim the corners to reduce bulk.bless-us-095
23. Iron in placebless-us-096
24. Turn the ornament right side out.bless-us-097
25. Cut a length of the stitch witchery to fit the opening (Do you see the price – I don’t have any idea how old this is or when I bought it, but by the price, it was a lo-o-o-ong time ago – lol!)bless-us-098
26. Tuck the stitch witchery into place under the folded edge in back.bless-us-099
27. Press to secure.bless-us-100
28. Embellish with buttons, jingle bells, charms or whatever you desire!bless-us-101Have fun!  And do let me know what you think – I love hearing from you.


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Ornament Finishes I

April 27, 2009
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Plastic Frame Ornament

One of the simplest finishes has to be using a plastic ornament frame.  These come in all types of finishes, from simple colors to metallic finishes.  Some have a clear plastic inlay, but I never use those – there isn’t enough room to put spacers between it and my stitching, and I worry that, over time, the stitching will get damaged.  I have purchased lots of them from Ebay – it’s a convenient source all year long.  Craft stores generally only carry them during the holiday season.

1. Some frames come with a pre-cut backing piece, if not, cut one (from foam board or acid free cardboard) to fit your frame.plastic-frame-101
2. Trim your stitching to fit the backing.  Use a narrow bead of clue just around the very edge.plastic-frame-102
3. Place in frame and run a bead of glue around the edge to secure in place (or else you may constantly be replacing it – they tend to pop out!)plastic-frame-103
4. Ta-Da!plastic-frame-104

Of course, you can embellish the frame – use glitter, ribbon, lace, sequins, tiny buttons or charms.
And don’t overlook other re-purposed items for frames.  I have some ornaments done years ago framed in wooden drapery rings (packed up at the moment, so no pics :-(.

And I like to use canning jar lids for a country look.plastic-frame-106plastic-frame-1045-santa-ornie

What is the most unusual ornament frame you have seen?


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