First up, a 10 inch wall hanging hoop with a scrappy Christmas tree. I cut the strips on the bias, adhered them to linen with Heat and Bond Lite, then top stitched them by machine with black thread. I added red felt circles topped with green buttons as ornaments, and a sparkly gold button on the top of the tree.
I made a few, and hand stitched a different word on each one- "merry" or "believe."
I ended up having to make one to keep- it looks so cute up there on the wall with my best tree ever hoop!
Made a couple more styles of Christmas tree ornaments in addition to the Mini-Monet ornaments and the stitched snowflakes.
A little tree on a snowy slope, under a snowy sky with the North Star shining in the night. Inspired by this ornament. Used some crystal beads to add some shimmer. All done with hand stitching.
Some pretty presents tied up with bows. This version was done by machine, including the script (need some practice with that).
Love the twine bow best!
I made a few copies of these to give to some of my girlfriends for the holidays :-)
Using the same basic premise, I made a 6" hoop for my partner in the Holiday Traditions Exchange at Sweet Bug Farms this year (one of 2 Christmas swaps, second one to follow once it is received!). It is a simple, lovely exchange where you share a handmade Christmas ornament, a recipe, and one of your holiday traditions with your partner. Lauren has 2 sweet children, so I appliqued 2 gifts onto linen, tied them with bows as on the ornaments, but added a tag to each with their first initials. Then, I hand stitched "love is the greatest gift."
I think I made over 20 hoops over the Christmas season...it was fun! But time to move on...we will see what 2011 brings in crafting inspiration!