All of the 2021 Christmas cards are done! With all 3 designs this year I started with a specific fabric and built the design from there. That's also true with this ornament arrangement. I think that Paula Nadelstern's fabrics really lend themselves to Christmas designs so I use these fabrics almost every year. I made 30 of these cards so I started by cutting out 90 individual ornaments from pre-fused fabric and I found a beautiful teal silk for the background. This photo doesn't really do the silk justice.
These were complex enough that I had to do some planning for the construction phase. I had to start with the big ornament. I fused and stitched that ornament and it's hanger before fusing on the 2 smaller ornaments because the oblong ornament overlapped the hanger of the big one.
On my sample card I first stitched the hanger with just a zig-zag stitch but it really wasn't heavy enough. I found this thread/yarn/whatever in the Cabinet of Possibilities. This is from Madeira and is over 20 years old. It was called Lame' and I have it in 6 colors. I rarely use it but sometimes, like now, I'm really glad I have it!
To make the hanger I doubled the Lame' and stitched with a zig zag from the edge of the card to the top of the ornament.
I made sure that I had a 1"ish loop of excess at the ornament.
Then I lifted the presser foot and used 2 tweezers to pull the loop up to the needle to create the bow.
Then I turned the card sideways to zig zag a couple of stitches over the bow.
Success! A bow!
Now I have 78 cards that need to get addressed. My goal is to have them all in the mail by Monday.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.