Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ornamented

I spent last night doing this...it is now hanging on my file cabinet at work.
 
This is Just Nan's "Swan Lake," which I finished stitching last year.  I think it is stitched on 32-ct. fabric, but I'm not sure!  The ornament is 3 1/2" in diameter, and the backing is a plain dark blue.  I made the braid myself with some of that generic (ie, cheap) floss that all the craft stores carry.  I bought a big pack of it in all sorts of colors after I learned how to use the cord maker at Celebration several years ago, thinking at the very least it would be good for practice.  Well, it isn't the greatest....I think it is stretchier than DMC, which can be annoying.....but I can make it work!  This one is an ecru color.  And I used 2 gold pearlized pins to secure the top and bottom.
And now for my dirty little secret - I use glue when assembling my ornaments.  :O  Yes, it is true.  I've tried whip-stitching braided trim (and other trims) down, and it is just too fussy.  Aleene's tacky glue to the rescue!  I suppose someday it will dry out, fall apart, eat through the fibers, whatever....but by then I'll probably be dried up and fallen apart too.  It is what it is.  LOL

7 comments:

Silverlotus said...

Your ornament looks great. And, bah, don't worry about the glue. Not everything has to be an heirloom. Enjoy it for its beauty today.

(I use glue too... ;) )

valerie said...

Pretty finish! And lots of people use glue. I may start soon since sewing on fiddly trim puts me off of doing any finishing of my own!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Beautiful!

Claire said...

Love it.Well done.x

Carol said...

That is so pretty, Erin! And I'm another glue user for my cording and trims--it provides such a clean look compared to sewing it on :)

Caitlin Jordan said...

Gorgeous stitching :D I too use glue to put the trims on. It is just too difficult to sew it!

Carol said...

Pssst, I use Aleene's too!