Tuesday, December 22, 2009

How To: Christmas Wreath Ornament

You will need:

Scrap pieces of wool in two shades of green
Three medium sized red beads
Length of ribbon for hanging
Poly-Fill or other batting

Using a glass or jar cut out two circles of green wool approximately 3 1/2" in diameter. Next, using a smaller circle (I used a film canister) trace and cut a circle out of the center approximately 1 1/2" in diameter.

Machine or hand stitch the two circle together along the smaller circle in the center. Using a small amount of batting, stuff the wreath while pinning along the outside edge. Insert the ends of your ribbon forming a loop for hanging. Stitch around the outside edge as close the the edge as possible.

Using the other shade of green wool, cut out a three leafed holly leaf cluster. clip little pieces away along the edges to form the jagged holly leaf look. Tack or hot glue the holly leaf into place on your wreath. Stitch or glue the beads into a cluster on the center of the holly leaf. Try using tiny craft pom-poms or buttons here too; whatever you have on hand!

There you go! Easy, cute, and non-breakable; what could be sweeter?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas!

The Sweeter Sweater Company would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! May the season be filled with laughter, love, family, friends, joy and gratitude!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How To: Christmas Cookie Tree Ornament

You will need:
Scrap pieces of felted wool in brown and ivory
Length of ribbon for hanging
Length of ribbon for a bow
Beads for cookie sprinkles (optional)

Using a glass or jar trace and cut out a circle onto the brown wool approximately 3" or 4" in diameter.

Do the same with the ivory wool. Next cut half of the circle away in a wavy pattern to make the dripping frosting edge.

Next sew the beads on the ivory in a random pattern to form the sprinkles on the frosting.

Once the beads are in place, pin the ivory wool to the brown wool carefully matching the edges. Insert the ends of the ribbon forming a loop for hanging. Machine or hand stitch as close to the top edge as possible; there is no need to stitch along the wavy edge.

Sew or glue a bow in the top center at the base of the loop hanger.

What a fun way to make a personalized gift out of items you have on hand. This would be really cute as a decoration on a plate of Christmas cookies for your neighbors.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Attention Quilters!

My cousin makes gorgeous quilts and patterns. She is doing a giveaway on her blog between now and Tuesday. Check out the Green Fairy Quilts blog for a great giveaway just in time for Christmas!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Gift Ideas...sort of...

Do you have a toddler on your gift giving list? If you are having a hard time finding the perfect gift check out my friend Visual Anarchy's suggestion for what not to do.

While you're at it, check out her Etsy Shop; she makes really beautiful glass Christmas ornaments!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How To: Sweater Ball Tree Ornament

You will need:

Felted wool scraps in two different colors
Length of ribbon for hanging
Poly-Fill or other batting
Small glass beads in colors to match or contrast your fabric (your choice)

This fun Christmas tree ornament is based on our Sweater Ball project; see instructions for assembly here.

For the Christmas ornament the pattern piece should be a football shape approximately 3 1/2" at the longest point by 1 3/4" at the widest point.

Cut out four pieces in colors of your choice. Before assembling the ornament sew the beads on each piece of wool in random placement. I used two strands of embroidery floss but thread would work well too.

Once the beads are in place assemble the ornament following the directions for the Sweater Ball project. Remember to insert your ribbon loop with the length of the ribbon on the inside of the ball.

These would be fun to give as gifts or as an embellishment on a wrapped gift. I love these on my own tree because the aren't breakable- a big plus with little boys!

Try using different colors. Instead of beads try french knots or leave the wool unadorned. Use your imagination and have fun with it!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Cut-Throat World of Sweater Hunting

Recently a local thrift store had a one-day 50% off sale. I thought it might be a nice opportunity to swing by and pick up some sweaters for felting (yeah, I know, "fulling"). I was very laid back and casual about the idea; in hindsight, I should have had my game face on...

Upon arriving at the store I started looking at the Women's sweaters. I happened to glance up and see a man coming from the Men's sweaters; he was looking at me in a very pointed way. I noticed him speaking to a woman next to him and glancing over toward me. Then he walked over to me, stood about a foot and a half away and started going through the sweaters on the rack in front of me. After a moment or two I realized he was taking all of the wool sweaters off the rack before I could get to any of them.

I walked around him to the middle of the rack, several feet away, thinking we would each have room to peruse the sweaters this way. Then the woman he was with came and got in front of me a few feet away. She started going through the rack coming toward me. At this rate I was not going to make it out of there with any sweaters!

I started thumbing through the sweaters faster; and so did she. I went even faster, relying on touch alone to tell me if the the sweaters were what I needed. Faster and faster we moved down the rack toward each other. Then I saw it; a beautiful eggplant colored sweater! The wool soft and inviting in the flickering florescent lighting. I had to have it! I glanced furtively up at my opponent and saw her glance fall on the same sweater. Some where in the back of my mind I could hear "Gonna Fly Now" ("Theme from Rocky") playing, softly at first, then louder. We both reached for the sweater at once; completely focused on the prize.

"Ah-Ha!" I shouted. I hadn't meant to gloat; it just came out! As I held the beautiful eggplant sweater in my hands I glanced at the tag to be sure it was wool. It was 100% Merino! After glancing one last time at my, now defeated and bitter, opponent, I decided further gloating was in order, "And it's wool!" I taunted and gleefully danced away with my prize.

Who knew the hunt for the perfect wool sweater could be so hard-core?