I loved the idea of the stitch mini-socks highlighted by Stitch by Stitch, below. Because I needed to make a bunch of ornaments and had some threads in seasonal colors to test, I decided to make a bunch myself. On Thursday, see some results and get diagrams for the stitches I used in them.
Begin by finding your finishing or template. The ornaments I made are mostly framed in wooden ring frames. Eileen’s ornaments are finished as mini-socks. What ever your shape find a template.
Next assemble your canvas and threads. I used scraps of canvas in Christmas colors because some of my stitches have exposed canvas. I also picked threads in red, green, and gold. Now trace your template onto the canvas and put on stretcher bars.
I decided to use this project as a reason to try new stitches. But the next step is to pick your stitches. Use on-line sources, such as this blog, stitch dictionaries you have or magazines for ideas. The ones I’m using come from the vintage book on Backgrounds by Mindy English.
Pick your threads and stitch the ornaments.
Sudberry Box Update: I was so disappointed with the products I did not even do more than a side and rubbed that off. The Distressed Oxide was difficult to put on & barely colored the wood. The Precious Metals were paints, not something to rub on. They always left brush marks, so bad the results were not acceptable. To get a good color I had to use just about pure pigment, and evewn then it had bad brushmarks.
I’ve bought some Rub n’Buff and will have a step-by-step on December 27 for you.