Making ornaments from embroidered motifs is fun, and a perfect exchange gift for your holiday parties. I have made ornaments from crewel work and cross stitch, and today I want to show you how to use your embroidery machine to do something different. My embroidery machine has cards with motifs on them. I began with this angel, but not in all the colors.
Threading the machine with a white rayon thread, when the machine stopped to change colors, I just hit the button to start again. I ended up with a lovely embroidery all in white.
I cut the piece to a square, and added white tone on tone borders, doing the top and bottom first.
Then I measured and cut the side borders.
Top assembly complete, I cut another square for backing.
I layered it with batting and stitched around the edge leaving an opening for turning.
I almost forgot to add the ribbon for a hanger. I picked out the few stitches and put the ribbon in at the center top.
Finished and turned.
Stitch around the edge to add detail and close the opening by machine. Then, stitch in the ditch around the motif.
I added four pearls to the corners just for a nice detail.
The same idea went into the next one, with just one change. I selected this church for the motif.
This time, I bypassed the main stitching #1 through #5 on the machine program, and went to the final stitching pattern. The #6 is outlining the pattern all in black. I threaded a blue thread on the machine, and stitched the outline only.
Then the little ornament is finished in the same manner.
The same idea can be done with words, like these three I made some years ago. These are mounted on large covered button hardware and finished with pearls and lace.
Using metallic threads, stitch out the holiday motif and again finish as you like.
Lastly, if you use two layers of Sulky Solvy, you can stitch out a design in all white for a lacy look. When you are done stitching, just soak the piece in water and the solvy will rinse away, leaving you with a pretty lace ornament.
See my post on Christmas Stitching With Ideas For Finishing for more ornament ideas. Of course, the ideas here can be used with handwork too.
Have you made any ornaments like these?
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