When Lesley first posted about the idea for December's design challenge I had a million ideas...
Well, as usual, life gets in the way of doing artsy things sometimes.
Since I am primarily a jewelry artist and secondarily a fiber artist I was going to do wire and bead ornaments. Didn't happen...
These happened instead-
|Embroidered Felt Ornaments|
This has been the year of my 1 Year of Stitches journey so I stayed with my stitching for most of my ornaments. I got tons of ideas for felt ornaments on Pinterest and just ran with it. These felt ornaments are quick little stitchery pieces that can be completed in an hour or less. I just cut some templates from paper, then cut out the felt using the templates and started stitching. They are lightly stuffed with polyfil and then blanket stitched around the edge and tack on a ribbon for hanging. I have only made one snowman so far and I really need to make more. I think he's my favorite.
Then I happened to pick up some birch bark rounds and balsa wood stars at the craft store. So I decided to pull out my woodburning tool and play with that. Again, there is a ton of inspiration on Pinterest. It took me a while to get the pressure of the tool on the wood right and I also played with the different woodburning tips before I found the one I liked best. The above wooden pieces had to have holes drilled for adding the wire for hanging.
|I really got into burning the trees onto the wood. The one on the right is supposed to have a heart in the center but it ended up looking like an almost sinister eye to me when I held it up. But I like it!|
|I love the wintry tree scenes. I have already given several of these as gifts.|
|More birch bark rounds above with snowflakes and 'Peace' burned into the wood|
|A nice little colletion to give as hostess gifts, stocking stuffers, or even tie onto presents. Plus I am keeping a few for myself!|
|Felt stitched to back of embroidery hoop ornament, complete with cat hair!|
I can't wait to blog hop and see all the Christmas ornaments that everyone else has created. Happy blog hopping.
Here are all the participants:
Art Elements Team
Enjoy the creations by everyone!