Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Gifts revealed: More Christmas Hoop-lah!

I know what you are thinking- enough with the hoops already! I promise this is the last you will see of them for a bit. I have to get my quilting mojo back to finish (I mean START) my son's quilt in time for his birthday in, umm, 2 weeks! But here are a few hoops that I gave over the holidays that I thought I would share with you.
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 was fun! But time to move on...we will see what 2011 brings in crafting inspiration!


Erika said...

I love all of these! Thanks for sharing them!

Christie describeHappy said...

These are fantastic! I really like the way the fabrics have a chance to shine and the words make you ponder the whole thing just a few seconds longer. I am sure these gifts will be treasured!

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Oh my gosh, Kristie, you are on a seriously hoopy kind of roll! So cute!!! And 20 of them?? Wow. Just wow. :)

Kara Forristall said...

OK... these are going on my list of gifts for next year... love love love them! esp the tree, the buttons, so stinkin cute!

Little Blue Mouse said...

These are gorgeous and I have to say that the close up photos are fantastic.
I wish my camera would take such good close ups(or maybe not - I don't think my makes would be up to such close scrutiny!)

jensully said...

those are awesome! I love the ribbon tree one.

I made a scaled down version of the "mini monets" with my daughter's first grade class...they turned out awesome! thanks sooo much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work as always Kritie - I love your fine embroidery.

Carol said...

So cute! My Fabric Tuesday link is

Yvonne@Nellie's Niceties said...

These are such a good idea for presents! I love the way you have personalised them. :)

Quiltstory said...

I just love all your hoop art!!! So so so darling!!

Gift Basket said...

Its really wonderful gifts to send your loved ones. I fall in love with this post. Really its perfect gift for special someone in your life. Red Rose express the love symbol. Its really make me crazy.