>Updated:The Mrs. Snowman felt ornament


During my meetings yesterday I was embroidering some of the ornaments from the tutorial I did last Saturday.

I was working on the other ten little snow people. My middle daughter thinks these look like girls and the others look like boys.

There is only one ornament that has made it all the way to the completed stage. I was working with two main color themes: white, reds, and greens, sort of a Christmas one; the other is white, blues, and greens, sort of a wintry idea.

Let me know which color scheme you like better thus far or which seems to be working better. I know I haven’t finished them, but the idea is there.

Update: I finished the rest of the troop today.

They actually have embroidery on the back too. Since these are for the ornament swap at cake and pie I thought I would leave that part hidden so there is some sort of surprise. These will all be mailed off tomorrow to their respective homes. I just hope the one on the UK and the one in Australia make it in time.



This is a piece of a bodice I am working on for a child’s dress.

The bodice is smocked and has bullion embroidery, too. The skirt has bullion roses all over it.

>Centerpiece Pattern in Baby Irish Crochet from 1912


This pattern is from needlecraft November 1912 page 30.

This pattern was originally drafted by Mrs. E. W. Walker. I am not changing it from the original text so if it looks funny it is the way patterns were written about 100 years ago.

Make a chain of 8 stitches, join.

  1. (Chain 6, fasten with 1 double in ring) 5 times.
  2. A single under 5 chain, chain 3 fro a treble, 5 trebles under same chain, (chain 3, 6 trebles in next loop) 4 times, chain 3 and join to top of 3 chain.
  3. Chain 3, a treble in each treble and 3 under 3 chain all around, join.
  4. Chain 4, miss 3 trebles and fasten between next 2; repeat around, joining last chain where 1st started.
  5. Slip-stitch to center of 4 chain, * chain 6, fasten under next 4 chain; repeat.
  6. Slip-stitch to center of 6 chain, * chain 6, fasten under next 6 chain: repeat.
  7. Under each loop of 6 chain make 1 double, 7 trebles and 1 double. This row completes a wheel which serves as a very pretty medallion for shirtwaists, combined with embroidery, or it may be used in a variety of ways for which such a wheel is suitable.
  8. slip-stitch to center of 1st scallop, * (chain 9, fasten back in 6th stitch from needle to form a picot) twice, chain 3, fasten in center of next scallop; repeat from * around
  9. Slip-stitch to center of 1st picoted chain, * (chain 9 picot) twice, chain 3, fasten in top of loop between next 2 picot; repeat around, joining last chain where 1st started.
  10. Slip-stitch to center of 1st loop, * (chain 9, picot) 3 times, chain 3 fasten in center of next loop; repeat around, joining where 1st chain started.
  11. slip-stitch to 2d picot ( or, if preferred, the thread may be fastened off and joined in at the place designated), chain 4 a double treble in same picot, keeping top loops of each on hook and working off together, chain 3, 2 double trebles,worked off together, in same picot, * chain 12, 2 double trebles in picot at top of next loop, chain 3, 2 double trebles in same picot, always working the groups of double trebles off together, repeat from * around, chain 12 join to top of 1st group.
  12. NOTE from Sunshine: I do not know if there is a row 12 or if the numbering was off as all the pattern was intact no rips or any thing. It just went from 11 to 13 with no 12. So I hope the pattern works, it looks to be all there.
  13. Chain 5, * miss1, a treble in next stitch, chain 2; repeat from * around and join to 3d of 5 chain.
  14. Chain 7, miss 1 space, fasten in next; repeat.
  15. Slip-stitch to center of chain, * chain 7, fasten under next chain;repeat around.
  16. same as 15
  17. Under each loop of 7 chain make 1 double, 9 trebles and 1 double. This row completes a very pretty doily.
  18. Slip-stitch to center of 1st scallop,* chain 4, a double treble in same place, working off together, a double treble in top of next scallop, chain 4, fasten in same place; repeat from* around, ending with a double treble in stitch where the row started, chain 4, fasten in same.
  19. Slip-stitch to top of cluster, * chain 5, a triple treble in same place, a triple treble in center of next cluster, chain 5, fasten in same place; repeat, ending with a triple treble and 5 chain to complete the row.
  20. same as 19th row.
  21. slip-stitch to top of 1st cluster, chain 4, a double treble in same place, chain 3, 2 double trebles in same place, working off together, * chain 4, 2 double trebles, as described, in top of next cluster, chain 3, 2 double trebles in same place; repeat from *, joining last 4 chain tot op of 1st cluster.
  22. Chain 5, * a treble under 3 chain, chain 2, a treble in 1st of 4 chain, chain 2, a treble in last of 4 chain, chain 2, repeat from * around, joining last 2 chain to 3d of 5 chain.
  23. A single under 2 chain, chain 7, a treble under same chain, * miss 1 space, 1 treble in next chain 4, a treble in same space; repeat from * around, join to 3d of 7 chain.
  24. A single under 4 chain, chain 8, a treble under same chain, 1 treble, chain 5 and 1 treble under next chain, repeat around, joining to 3d of 8 chain.
  25. Slip -stitch to center of 5 chain* chain 7, fasten under next 5 chain; repeat around.
  26. Slip-stitch under 7 chain, chain 5 for a triple treble, a triple treble under same chain, (chain 4, 2 triple trebles under same chain, working off together) twice, * 3 groups of triple trebles under next 7 chain, with 4 chain between each 2 groups, repeat from * around and join to top of 1st group of cluster.
  27. Slip-stitch to center of 1st chain, *chain 5, fasten under next chain; repeat around.
  28. Same as 27th row.
  29. Same as 27th row.
  30. Slip- stitch to center of 1st chain, chain 5 for triple, a triple in same place, * chain 4, 2 triple trebles under next chain, working off together, repeat from* around, chain 4 join to top of 1st cluster.
  31. Same as 30th row
  32. Slip-stitch to center of 1st chain, * chain 5, fasten under next chain; repeat around.
  33. Slip-stitch to center of 1st chain, *chain 6, fasten in next chain; repeat around.
  34. Under each loop of chain make 1 double, 8 trebles and 1 double.
  35. Slip-stitch to center of scallop, * chain 5, fasten in center of next scallop; repeat.
  36. Chain 5, * a treble in 3d of 5 chain, chain 2, a treble in double, over top of scallop, chain 2, repeat from * around, join to 3d of 5 chain.
  37. A single in space, * chain 12, miss 2 spaces, fasten in next, chain3, fasten in next space, turn; ( chain 5, a double treble under 12 chain) 5 times, chain 5, a treble under same chain, chain 2, fasten in space back of where the 12 chain started, chain3 fasten back in next, turn; a treble under 2 chain, 6 trebles under each 5 chain, fasten in next but 1 space forward, turn; chain 6 miss 3 trebles, fasten between next 2; repeat around scallop, turn; chain 7 fasten under 6 chain,repeat around scallop, catching in 2d space forward after fastening the last chain, turn; chain 7 fasten under 7 chain, repeat around scallop, fastening in 2d space back, turn; chain 3, fasten in next space, * 2 double trebles under 7 chain, 2 picots ( that is, chain 5, fasten in 1st stitch of 5 chain) twice, 2 double trebles under same chain, picot, repeat from* around scallop, miss 2 spaces after making last 2 double trebles, fasten in next, then slip-stitch along over 8 spaces, again chain 12, and repeat the scallop.

Made in No. 90 linen thread, this gives a centerpiece about 15 inches in diameter, if worked rather closely. Coarser thread would, of course, result in a much larger piece, and there is such a difference in methods of working that it is quiet impossible to state the exact size of an article, even though the same number of thread is used by two workers. It must be understood, too, that if one does her work tightly more chain-stitches are required than if loosely done. These variations every experienced crocheter understands and makes allowances for.

Except for the red part above typed as written in 1912.

>Showing the Latest style Touches


This is from the November 1912 edition of the Needlecraft magazine.
These were sewing patterns you could buy and make for yourself. WOW!!!!! How long would it take to make those ensembles? Look at these outfits they are so precious. I wish woman still wore hats like this. I think they are un-practical but oh, so lovely. Even the dresses are “to die for” as the saying goes. You can just see people taking their daily strolls down tree lined streets in these clothes. I don’t think I could live like that on a daily basis, but it would be fun to dress that way for a day or two.

>Russian Needle Punch Nut Cracker


We have progress on my seven-year-old daughter’s art project.

I think she is doing pretty well and getting a lot done. To see what she has done so far go here. Front on right side of text back on left side. If you look closely at the pictures, you will see the needle is left in the work when my daughter is not working on it. The gold-looking tool top left in left photo.

>thumpity thump thump thumpity thump thump…


A small army of snow men are invading my house. These are the first ten out of twenty snowmen I am making today. These are still only half made.
Update: done and in the mail to my swap mates at MJF

>how to make an embroidered felt ornament

>This is good for any holiday or can be used as a gift tag for weddings, baby showers, and birthdays etc…supplies

  1. felt
  2. cookie cutters in desired shapes
  3. embroidery needles
  4. embroidery floss
  5. scissors for both paper and fabric
  6. permanent marker fine tip or pencil
  7. stuffing
  8. 1 safety pin
  9. a piece of paper

How to make

  1. Trace cookie cutter on paper to make template. Trace the inside and out side to see which you like better.
  2. Cut out the line that you like best for template.
  3. Pin template to fabric; this way you are sure not to leave ink marks on fabric.
  4. Cut two pieces of fabric per ornament
  5. Embroider both pieces of fabric. Use two or three strands of embroidery floss. See picture under #7.
  6. Put wrong sides together place one safety pin in middle to hold while sewing. See picture under #7.
  7. Use a blanket stitch to stitch edges together, stop about one inch from ending remove safety pin and stuff ornament. Finish closing.
  8. Finish with a piece of embroidery floss as a hanger.

I have made a few others since this tutorial.

If you make your own I would like to see them. If you make some send me a link and I will look at them if we get enough I will start a flicker group.

I have opened a flicker group to post them all please feel free to join.

Felt Ornaments:
This group is about the fun of making and sharing felt ornaments and other felt items.

Felt ornaments. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

Please look on the side bar there are many more holiday tutorials listed there.

>Another wip for Friday November 24

>This is a row-of-the-month type of quilt. Each month you are supposed to make a new row for the quilt. the current row is paper pieced houses, trees, and things in a neighborhood. If you look at the pictures closer you will see a small sheep and a tractor, too.When done, this will fit a double-pillow-top king-size bed.

>Wip Friday November 24


The start of a cross-stitch sampler.

There is no pattern for this that you can buy commercially. As I think of things that I think might look nice, they are added into my work. I have no idea when it will be done. Hopefully in this life time.

>Tis the season to make a kissing ball


This is a kissing ball; you are supposed to hang mistletoe from it .

My Vavo made these two. We have a lot of them that she has made over the years; they are simple to make. Her way of making them has simplified over the years to what is in these pictures. However, the instructions I am going to post are for the way she made them when I was little, with a paraffin wax coating on them.


  • 1 Styrofoam ball in desired size
  • Crepe paper or Tissue paper for desired back group color (crepe paper works best as it forms more than it tears)
  • scissors (to cut tissue and Christmas cards)
  • Old Christmas card lots (cut out the images and words you want to use ) my Vavo calls this making paper dolls
  • white glue
  • Non-rusting straight pins (nickel plated; you can use steel ones but they tend to put rust marks on your piece)
  • 2 paint brushes (ones that you don’t care about; one will be used to paint on glue, the other for the paraffin wax)
  • 2 hangers (a piece of metal with a looped end and a pointed end; most craft or hardware stores will have this item)
  • ribbon
  • mistletoe (real or silk; silk lasts longer)
  • Old pot to melt wax or a old double boiler that you don’t care about. Vova used a washed out tin can in a water bath. Fill the tin with paraffin wax and melt; if you do this, have pliers to use as a handle for the tin can. Very hot! Be careful; do not spill this on you.

How to make it:

  1. Collect cards and cut them out saving any part of the images or words you want to use on the kissing balls.
  2. Next, use straight pins to lay tissue all around ball and glue in place with paint brush. The pins are only there to hold it in place while gluing. Let dry over night. When the glue is all dry remove the pins. This step can also be done using wall paper paste and wall paper the ball — sort of decoupage.
  3. Soak pieces of cards in glue to soften and make pliable. Lay images and words on ball; pin in place ’till dry. Let dry over night. Remove pins.
  4. Melt paraffin wax. Paint over entire ball. If you do this over wax paper you will have easy clean up. Form some way of letting this hang to dry. There will be drips in the wax; that is part of the charm. You can also add glitter to the wax while it is hot and paint that on. It adds a little shine to the finished ball. Let ball cool.
  5. After ball is completely cooled and hard, dip hangers in glue insert one at North pole and one at south pole. Let dry over night.
  6. Tie ribbons in North pole and south pole with lots of loops through eye of hanger.
  7. Poke through layer and insert mistletoe or holly at top of ball at north pole and do the same to the south pole.

Hang and enjoy — let the kissing begin!
Just an FYI the balls pictured were made by my Vavo and are past Christmas gifts to me and my family.

Here is a photo full of kissing balls that my grandmother made for 2008 christmas ( I added this photo in January 2009

tree with kissing balls made by Vavo


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