>Part 2: Advent Calendar: Holly Berries Ornamnet

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holy berry ornament

Supplies:

  • Felt, green and red
  • Sequins or other embellishments if you don’t want red felt berries
  • Pearl cotton embroidery thread or thread to your liking (colors I used : green:368 red:321)
  • Needle
  • Thimble, if you use one
  • Scissors
  • Optional punches / die cutter

Steps: (sorry; bad lighting in my sewing room I know, but that is how it is)

  1. Draw your leaves and cut out
  2. Use a hole punch to punch out berries (Hint: if you put paper on both sides of your felt, it will punch easier) (Sizzixs also has a die cut you can use that cuts berries and leaves, that is what I did)
  3. Embroider veins on leaves; I used a stem stitch.
  4. Arrange leaves on top of each other
  5. Sew on berries, either felt or sequins or small red jingle bells, beads etc… now. This will also be used to sew all the leaves together while you are stitching on the berries. I used a colonial knot to attach my sequins; you can also use a French knot, instead. The felt berries I just stitch with a single stitch straight up and then down with a little bit of fabric in between the stitches.
  6. Attach hanger to back; I used my red pearl cotton thread to do this.

For other parts of this serious Advent Calendar, go here. I also think this would be cute to use on a baby’s first Christmas set of booties, hat, or on a Christmas sock.

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If you find an ornament you don’t like or can’t make, just make two of one of the other ones. I don’t think it will matter if you have more of one ornament than another. Or, just skip one all together.

DO NOT USE THIS PATTERN TO MAKE THINGS TO SELL FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY!!!!

Guardian Angel …cross stitch

detail of letters

Been busy trying to get a cross stitch done for a customer.   She always starts a cross stitch but then get behind on it so I end up doing them.   This one was not the norm as usually she makes one mistake and Ii find it and it is easy to fix and go forward.  
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Adding filet rose lace to hem

finished hem
About a week ago I was at a thrift shop and bought this skirt it is an Ann Taylor skirt linen with rayon embroidery and rayon lining.  I really liked the embroidery on it but I wanted it a little longer.

embroidery on skirt

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2 little ducks went out to play

2 little ducks hem detail 
It has been a while since I showed some embroidery.  I pulled this out of the box  a few weeks ago and started to embroider it.

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Little gingham dress done but not done

front

I finished sewing the gingham dress on Sunday but I as most know can not leave something plain Jane or the way a pattern tells me to do.  I have to add something to make it a little more special or a little more me.

 back

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5 generations…1 little gingham dress

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In some of the sewing stuff I received from mom was this tiny little unassuming box.  When I opened it it looked like some ones scraps from making a dress because the shapes where such strange shapes to me but on closer inspection it was a dress just not finished.

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knitted collar for Levi and Lace jacket

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I went back and started working on that collar if you look at the previous posts you will see that the collar was fraying like crazy and had a hole in one side of it.   The hole did not go all the way through the collar.  So I just decided to sort of patch the hole by adding a knitted collar over it.

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RPL purple doily finished

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finished, originally uploaded by sunshine’s creations.
For those who wanted to see what it looked like done. I should have taken this from a better angle and laid it out neater. But I still think you get the idea all the same. Have a lovely day.

update : my middle daughter has claimed this as hers to use in her “Monster High” doll house as a rug.  Funny it is about the right size for  that but I have not given in yet.  As I want to take  photo at the end of the year with all the items made for the year and make it the top picture in the Master RPLAL post.  So told her maybe at the end of the year when I have my photo she can have it.

Part 3 filling stitches holly berry ornament

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So here is the final tutorial on the holly berry ornaments and embellishments.  This one is the one I did that had the beads on the berry.

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Here  I am using it at a hat pin but you could pin it on a jacket or purse or any place else you would like a little holiday cheer.
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just playing

I had a child Christmas performance to go to last week Friday and during that performance I made "an ornament" at least that is what the author calls the pattern .

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But to me unless you have one humongous tree this is way to big for an ornament.  On Sunday two of my daughters had holly berry hair-clip to wear to church.  I didn't have time to finish the third ( it would take several hours) but I saw that triangle /coaster/ doily / ornament/ thing sitting where I had been working on it.  I thought you know might make an interesting hat/headband.  

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