Inspired by the snow we have had recently I am working on some embroidered felt snowflakes for my stitching this week.
I experimented with the patterns, first creating my own patterns on paper and then with the erasable pen.
I cut out the paper patterns, put them on top of the felt circles and stitched in 6 strands of white embroidery thread.
As the paper was regular graph paper it was a challenge to pull it away once the stitching was complete.
If I had used tracing paper it would of been much easier. But you have to use what you have on hand.
Next I used the erasable pen to draw on the main grid lines. Then I stitched the lines and added to them making them look more snowflake like. This was an easier method, but you do have to be careful holding the felt circles while stitching as the warmth from your hands made the lines disappear.
I used two sizes of felt circles, 4 cm and 6 cm. I stitched two circles the same so that they could be joined together back to back. When the snowflake is hanging from the tree you will see both sides as it twirls.
All the pieces, needles, scissors, ruler, marking pen and extra felt circles is stored in a clear bag so it is a great little project to take on the go (in the vehicle, waiting for appointments, taking to stitching groups).
I used a white circle of felt to put between the two smaller circles and stitched it all together with a simple running stitch in blue thread. Then I used the pinking shears to go around the edge, giving it a more snowflake appearance.
I like how it turned out and just might add some white felt around the bigger snowflakes too.
Stitched with tree hooks in them they are ready to hang on the tree. I do have my collection of smaller trees out so hung some of them on one to see what it would look like.
This will be the next project. Some blue material from an old tablecloth, a big hoop, some tracing paper (which of course I had to purchase) and some white embroidery thread. Stay tuned to see what this will turn into.
I get lots of inspiration from other stitchers at Slow Sunday Stitching and appreciate all the visits and comments from there. Visit them and gather some inspiration for yourself.