Sunday, April 17, 2016

Penguin Snow globe ornament

The pattern is from a kit that came with Cross Stitch Crazy 210.
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The designs were stitched on 22 count hardanger.

I used a glue stick to adhere the stitched pieces to squares of white card stock. Then I drew 2 1/2 inch circles on the back of the cardstock and cut out the circles. I glued these card stock circles to both sides of a 2 3/4 inch blue card stock circle.

The "globe" is made from two pieces of 70 mm diameter plastic.

For the snow I used some pearl beads that I had on hand but I suspect that they might scratch the inside of the ball. (If I make more of these ornaments I'd like to find some 2 mm white pom poms.) I put a spoonful of beads into the half of the ball that has a ledge inside ...

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... and inserted the stitched piece so that it rested on the ledge. (And the top of the design was at the top of the ball.)

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I placed a spoonful of pearl beads on top of the stitched design...

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... and then put the other half ball on top. The ball is held together by the ribbon tied at the top but if I decide to make more I will research what kind of glue would better fuse it together.

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I like having the blue circle around the stitched piece but the design seems a bit too close to the edge so if I do this pattern again I might use white card stock for all of the circles. (I don't want to use a bigger ball and I don't think I have the option of stitching this design over one on 25 or 28 count fabric because some of the backstitches are 1/4 stitches.)

November 2017 Update

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I've recently made 17 more snow globe ornaments and some time in the future I plan to create an illustrated tutorial. In the meantime I'll mention a few things that I have done differently than last year.

1/ I didn't cut the stitched fabric and the cardstock backing at the same time. Instead I glued the stitched pieces to white cardstock circles and when the glue was dry I applied a little fray check. When that was dry I cut the fabric to the same shape as the cardstock circles.

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2/ I used foam beads (from a dollar store neck pillow) instead of pearl beads.

3/ I applied a bit of model glue to the hanger part.

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