Thursday, November 8, 2018

Winter Wonderland Ornament

For my 2018 Christmas gift ornament I again decided to make equator band ornaments. My tutorial for these ornaments can be found at

https://pinwheelponders2.blogspot.com/2018/11/equator-band-ornament-tutorial.html

The design for these ornaments is an adaptation of a Joan Elliot chart that was in a booklet included with issue 195 of Cross Stitch Crazy magazine. The design was 80 stitches wide but I repeated some sections to make it 200 stitches wide.

I stitched the design 16 times on strips of 25 count antique white fabric,

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sandwiched the stitched bands between strips of fabrics that suggested snow and sky and mounted them on 2.5 inch foam balls.  As I finished gathering the fabric on each one I placed it in the bag that the balls had come in.

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Later I tidied up the pleats, placed the ornaments in egg crates and spritzed the tops and then the bottoms of the ornaments with a bit of spray starch.  When they were dry I added the buttons and hangers to the ends and removed the basting threads. 

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