Monday, March 10, 2014

Tried My Hand At Something New

I stitched for Amy in the HOE Halloween Ornament Exchange. I tried a new finishing technique and I love how it turned out.  

2014 HOE Halloween Ornament Round #3
Designer: JBW 
Design: Halloween Ornament 1 & 2
Stitched for: Amy V-M

These were such a quick stitch that it was only fair that I stitch 3 for this exchange.



The finishing was done by hand, no machine required.  The blanket stitch and french knots are the only two stitches used (I can't help but think of Shirlee each time I make a french knot ;-D).




When I make these ornaments again I will put together a tutorial and add it to my blog.

Thanks for stopping by and...

Until Next time ~ remember:

"The only thing you should try to be better than, 
is the person you were yesterday"


17 comments:

Shirlee said...

Oh the things that make people think of me : ) I do indeed rue the day someone invented french knots, but I so love blanket stitching!

Annie said...

How cute! Very clever finish right down to the curlicue hangers. I just may have to steal that idea.

Blu said...

OMG those are so adorable! I'm looking forward to the tutorial.

Brigitte said...

I love the way you finished these ornaments. Very creative idea! They will look so great when displayed together.

Marilyn said...

Oh, those are too cute!
Marilyn

Becky K in OK said...

Absolutely love them!

Ellen said...

Very creative, love them! That S hanger is beautiful too!

Looking forward to your tutorial!

Hugs,

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Very Darling Marie :)
Cute as a button! I love the hangers!

Carol said...

Very sweet finishes, Marie--I am another who really struggles with French knots for some reason... Only one in four ever turn out for me! I'll look forward to your tutorial :)

Vicki said...

What great finishes - looking forward to the tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa said...

Marie, these are just fantastic finishes! Well done!

Looking forward to your tutorial.

Jennifer said...

Ohhhhh!! Can't wait for the tutorial on this one! Such a great idea and so versatile, just by changing up the colors.

valerie said...

So cute! I am sure Amy loved them!

Tessa said...

Hi Marie - JUST LOVELY!
I am looking forward to your tutorial.
For the french knot strugglers, a little mill hill bead will do the trick and add some sparkle, which would work nicely on a Christmas Tree ornament. I would love to make some of these using Christmas Motifs for our Guild Christmas Sale.
When I was learning how to perfect a french knot, I would put a cushion on my knee and after wrapping the thread around the needle, park the tip of the needle into the fabric, into the cushion underneath which kind of parks the needle, leaving an extra hand to tighten the thread around the needle before you pull the needle right through.
Of course, it helps to use a straw needle too.

Michele said...

they are adorable!

Jen said...

Cute!

Andrea said...

Lovely ornaments and a clever finishing technique.