Ornament Finishing Techniques

With the festive season upon us, some of you may be looking at stitching ornaments. Here are some finishing techniques to help you out. Don’t forget the Pharoah’s Hound and Pharoah’s Pet almost-giveaway at OzStitch; use promo code PET for 50% off. Also have a look at the Late November Sales post as it is changing regularly.

Finishing - Special Shaped Ornament

I will freely admit that ornament finishing is not my forte. In fact I have a number of ornaments stitched but have never made them into ornaments.  If you are like me, this post is for you. I present some specialists in the field; decide which type of ornament you want to make and follow the link for highly detailed directions and step-by-step images.

Many thanks to Hannah of Totally in Stitches, Les Broderies de Yayie, Meari of Meari’s Musings, Nicki of PlushCat, Tracy Horner of Ink Circles, Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher and the staff of The Floss Box for sharing their expertise with the rest of us.

Bottle Cap Ornaments

Directions via The Floss Box.

Finishing - Bottle Cap Ornaments

Cube

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - The Cube

Felt Mounted Ornament

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - Felt Mounted Ornament

Flat Fold

Directions via Meari of Meari’s Musings.

Finishing - flat Fold

Flat Ornament

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Flat Ornament

Floss Tag

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - Floss Tags

Heart-shaped Ornament

Directions via Les Broderies de Yayie.

Finishing - Heart Shaped Ornament

Humbug

Directions via Nikki of PlushCat.

Finishing - Humbug

Mounted Flat Ornament

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - Mounted Flat Ornament

 No Sew Cube

Directions via Hannah of Totally in Stitches.

Finishing - No Sew Cube

Ornament Cording and Hanger

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - Ornament Cording and Hanger

Pillow Ornament

Directions via The Floss Box.

Finishing - Pillow Ornament

Self-backing Diamond Ornament

Directions via Tracy Horner of Ink Circles.

Finishing - Self-backing Diamond Ornament

Special Shaped Ornament

Directions via Vonna Pfeiffer of The Twisted Stitcher.

Finishing - Special Shaped Ornament

 Square or Rectangular Ornament

Directions via Tracy Horner of Ink Circles.

ink Circles - Square or Rectangular Ornaments

Discussion

So we’ve reached the end of yet another week of Cross Stitch Review, it feels like I started yesterday and like I’ve written forever. Now that we have ticked along a while, I’d like to ask you a question: What one change could I make to keep you reading this blog.

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Last Updated: 28 November 2014

 

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Touch of the Wilderness by Brittercup

The winner of the Art of Simplicity design was Julie B.

Brittercup - Wilderness

 

From the Designer

There are two charts in this leaflet: Buck and On the Hunt.

Why this chart?

I love Brittercup designs; the minimalist creatures full of character and that cute love heart in every one.  Brittercup excels at using slightly mottled threads and fabric to give life to what could easily become cartoonish figures.

There is minimal back stitch, no partial stitches, nothing but while cross stitch to allow the design and hand dyed materials to shine through. This is a great design for beginners as it looks so much more impressive than it is.

Touch of the Wilderness
Touch of the Wilderness

Review

The Touch of Wilderness chart pack is indicative of an older style of packaging.  It is a double-sided print on US-Ledger heavy cardstock, folded in half to US Letter size. The cardstock is stiff enough to stand on a display shelf and does not need a plastic bag as there are no separate pages to hold together.

The design symbols are listed on the inside of the folded cardstock.  As there are no bags or external packaging, there’s no need to keep this information on the back cover.

Each chart has the creatures in heavy block symbols while the background symbols are printed in a paler grey.  While this highlights the animals, it is more difficult for the stitcher to see the differences in the symbols used in the background of the design.

The larger Wilderness design, Buck, is charted over the inside of the pack.  The chart is printed in two sections with a whitespace margin over the middle fold.  There is no printing on the fold line, so concern that the symbols will be affected by repeated opening and closing of the chart. The bottom section of the Buck chart has a two-row overlap to help you keep your place in the design.

The On the Hunt chart is on the back cover.  It is a little inconvenient that the only floss symbol key/legend is on the inside of the chart pack. So you do have to flip back and forth when stitching this smaller design.

As these designs were stitched using hand dyed floss, Michelle has listed DMC and Anchor equivalents.

 Materials Required

To stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need:

GAST - 0720 - Victorian Pink

1 skein – GAST 0720 – Victorian Pink (similar to DMC 962)

 

GAST - 7003 Shutter Green

 

1 skein – GAST 7003 – Shutter Green (similar to DMC 3362)

 

GAST - 7007 - Cidermill Brown

 

2 skeins – GAST 7007 – Cidermill Brown (similar to DMC 435)

GAST - 7013 - Green Apple

 

1 skein – GAST 7013 – Green Apple (similar to DMC 3364)

GAST - 7015 - Sarsparilla

 

1 skein – GAST – 7015 – Sarsparilla (similar to DMC 359)

GAST - 7019 - Pomegranate

 

1 skein – GAST 7019 – Pomegranate (similar to DMC 347)

 

GAST - 7042 - Raven

 

2 skeins – GAST 7042 – Raven (similar to DMC 310)

 

Wichelt - Queen Anne's LaceWichelt – 32 count Queen Anne’s Lace (Buck stitch count 143 x 162 and On the Hunt stitch count 104 x 94). These designs can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 16ct Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric sizes would be:

Buck: 15″ x 16″  or 38 x 41cm

On the Hunt: 13″ x 12″  or 32 x 30cm

Both Wilderness designs could fit together on a single fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch the Peace Wheel chart using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $7.50
Floss:  $18.00
Fabric: $17.50

Total: $43.00   ($54.75 AUD or £42.85)

Places to Buy

Australia:
Colours Down Under has all the Gentle Arts threads in stock and would be happy to order in the chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.

 

Colour Cascade Fabrics Tammy recommends Gold Digger Old Map Style or Welcome to the Jungle from her range of fabrics.  For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo has all the threads and fabric in stock and would be happy to order in the chart,

Sparklies suggests Harvest Blush, Oatmeal or Parchment from her range of fabrics.

United States:

123Stitch stocks the recommended threads and fabrics and can order in the chart for you.

Discussion

Would you stitch this design?  Why or Why not?

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Art of Simplicity by Designs by Lisa

Entires for last week’s Peace Wheel chart giveaway are now closed. The winner will be contacted shortly and their name listed in the Giveaways page.

Designs by Lisa - Art of Simplicity

From the Designer

“Master the art of simplicity…and every day will be beautiful.”

Why this chart?

Art of Simplicity is again from my stash. Whenever my mind and my life become over-cluttered I remember this edict.  This sentiment reflects a quieting of the mind that mirrors the act of cross stitching. Two colours, one image, a block of single colour wording; the project is simple and elegant.

The use of the butterfly motif reminds me of another Designs by Lisa chart which states “if nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies”

While I love the quiet colours used in the model, this small piece is easily adapted to your personal style. Using no fractional stitches or specialty stitches, Art of Simplicity can be stitched on any fabric type or count. So search through your stash, find a relaxing fabric and start stitching.

Art of Simplicity does use backstitching for the wording. Backstitching is easy to do, but if you are stitching a dark colour on a light or thin fabric, do take note of where you threads carry across the back, as these could be visible once the project is framed.

Art of Simplicity
Art of Simplicity

Review

Art of Simplicity is printed on US Letter (9 x 11″) heavy white cardstock.  The cover is printed in colour, but the chart on the reverse side is printed in black.

The butterfly motif is printed using one symbol, the backstitching is printed in bold black lines; both very easy to see.  This is a very easy pattern to follow for stitchers of all levels.

All the pertinent information about the Art of Simplicity design is on the back cover, easily visible through the clear plastic; the recommended fabric and floss, the stitch count and estimated size of the design in the 28ct fabric.

The designer did not list any DMC thread substitutions for the Thread Gatherer silk floss.  This may be because the variegated thread has shades of so many colours in it, that it is difficult to decide which would be the dominant hue. Also, as this design comprises a single floss butterfly and some wording, the butterfly could be stitched in almost any colour floss you choose.

The main quibble I have with the Art of Simplicity chart is that the pattern is printed over the folded centre line. Through regular wear and folding, the print on the fold line can wear off.

 Materials Required

To stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need:

Thread Gatherer - SNC099 - Moon Rose

1 skein – Thread Gatherer Silk ‘n Colours 099 – Moon Rose

DMC 3041

 

1 skein – DMC 3041 – Antique Violet

 

 

Wichelt - Ivory

Wichelt – 28 count Ivory Jobelan (stitch count 96 x 126). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 14ct Aida or 28ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is:
13″ x 15″  or  33 x 39cm  or  a fat eighth (13 x 18″).

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch the Art of Simplicity chart using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $7.00
Floss:  $8.34
Fabric: $5.75

Total: $21.09    ($33.91 AUD or £24.95)

Places to Buy

Australia:
Colours Down Under has floss and fabric in stock. Jo would be happy to order in the chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has some DMC floss in stock and a wide choice of fabric colours. For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. Code valid for the month of October 2014.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stocks all of your DMC cottons, Thread Gatherer silks and Wichelt fabrics.

Sparklies suggests Slightly Summer or Lilac Ice from her range of fabrics.

 United States:

123Stitch is a one-stop-shop for all materials listed.

Giveaway

As I believe we all need a little more simplicity and tranquility in our lives (and its aids in my simplification of my life project) I am going to give away my Art of Simplicity chart. To enter, comment below why you would like this chart and what, if any, changes would you make to it.

Contest is open to anywhere in the world. The only valid entries are comments below on this post.  Comments on social media will not be included.

Contest closes in one week from posting this review (midday, 20 October 2014, Melbourne time (UTC+11 hours). Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.

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Peace Wheel by Ink Circles

OK I wanted to start with a Monochrome Monday, but as a friend pointed out, three colours do not make a monochrome.  So this is then for Almost-Monochrome Monday.

Ink Circles - Peace Wheel

From the Designer

This design was inspired by Kolam or Rangoli paintings, which are a most unusual and transient form of art found in India and many other Asian countries. They are drawn by hand using powdered rice or rock directly onto the ground. The artist frequently starts with a matrix of dots, then creates a path of twisty turny lines that weave around and between the dots. When the wind, rain, and walkers take their toll, the design is swept away and replaced by a new one, usually before sunrise every day.

Kolams are drawn as a blessing and welcome to all visitors. They are thought to bring prosperity to the household and keep evil spirits away. Mathematicians and anthropologists alike have been fascinated by and study the diverse designs. Me too.  I hope this stitched homage brings peace and prosperity to your home.

Why this chart?

Peace Wheel is in my personal stash. I love monochrome or near monochrome designs. These projects are so versatile; they can be customised in size, fabric type and colour palette to suit your decor or as a way to use those odd one-off fabrics and floss we’ve bought simply because we fell in love with the colours! Grab a few of your favourite skeins and that odd bit of fabric and play around until you have a combination you like.

There are no partial stitches or speciality stitches, so this project can be easily completed on any fabric count. It looks to be a great project for beginners and expert stitchers alike.

Finally, I love the story behind Peace Wheel and feel we could all use some more peace and prosperity in our lives.

Peace Wheel
Peace Wheel

Review

I love the way Tracy packages Ink Circles designs. The charts are printed in black on US Letter (9 x 11″) white paper, housed within a clear plastic ziploc bag. The cover page is on heavy card stock to give some stiffness to the packet.

The design symbols provide maximum clarity; both visible on the page and sufficiently disparate.  Even stitching in poor light at midnight (not that any of us do that) you shouldn’t get your colours muddled up.

Every successive page has a clearly marked three row overlap. There’s no need to tape pages together to work out where the next stitch goes.

All the pertinent information about the Peace Wheel design is on the last page, easily visible through the clear plastic. So you know the recommended fabric and floss, the number of skeins needed, the stitchcount and estimated size of the design in 28ct, 32 and 40ct fabrics.

As this design was stitched using hand dyed silks, Tracy provides a close DMC number for you to substitute with cottons or another brand of silks.  As we know, hand dyed threads and fabrics are variegated or mottled, even when appearing to be a single colour, so there will never be an exact DMC match.

I only have one quibble with the Peace Wheel chart pack; the chart has been printed double-sided.  It has been professionally done so that neither side shows through, and reducing paper usage is better for the environment, however if you mark off your chart as you stitch, you will need to make a working copy.

 Materials Required

To stitch the chart exactly as designed, you will need:

3 skeins – Dinky Dyes Silk 072 – Cabernet (similar to DMC 327)

1 skein – Dinky Dyes Silk 142 – Gidgee (similar to DMC 733)

3 skeins – Dinky Dyes Silk 147 – Down Under Blues (similar to DMC 336)

Picture This Plus – 32 count Chalice (stitch count 171 x 171). This design can be stitched over 2 or over 1.

For 16ct Aida or 32ct evenweave (with 3″ border allowance) fabric size is: 17″ x 17″  or  43 x 47cm  or  a fat quarter (18 x 27″).

Chalice
Chalice

Approximate cost for Project

Approximate cost to stitch the Peace Wheel chart using the recommended materials (prices are in $US, at recommended retail and do  not include postage):

Chart: $16.00
Floss:  $28.00
Fabric: $26.50

Total: $70.50    ($77.50 AUD or €59.60 or £44.15)

Places to Buy

Australia:

Colours Down Under has all the Dinky Dyes threads in stock and on sale. Jo would be happy to order in the chart, and offers a 10% discount on the package (chart + floss). Mention this review when ordering.

Colour Cascade Fabrics has the Peace Wheel chart in stock and Tammy recommends Gold Digger Old Map Style from her range of fabrics.  For readers of this site she offers a 10% discount for chart and fabric. Use code PeaceOut during checkout. This code is valid for the month of October 2014.

Europe:

Casa Cenina in Spain stocks the Peace Wheel chart, Dinky Dye silks and some fabrics to stitch this design.

United Kingdom:

SewandSo stock the Dinky Dyes floss and a range of fabrics.

Polstitches Jo says “I love the idea of Jacobean Sampler Linen for that one and would look fab with Dragon Floss 98 Blackberry Twist.”

Sparklies suggests Barely Bronzed or Dr Smith’s Tonic from her range of fabrics.

United States:

123Stitch is a one-stop-shop for all materials listed.

Dinky Dyes sells a floss pack for this design.

Ink Circles, where Tracy sells her charts.

Giveaway

To celebrate the first review on this site, I’m going to give away my Peace Wheel chart. To enter, comment below why you would like this chart and what, if any, changes would you make to it.

Contest is open to anywhere in the world. The only valid entries are comments below on this post.  Comments on social media will not be included.

Contest closes in one week from posting this review. Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments.

Feedback

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Last updated: 25 November 2014