Friday, 26 December 2014

There Are Good Days...

Happy Holidays all! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season, whatever you celebrate! It was a bit of a whirlwind leading up to it, but we had a very Merry Christmas around here. Definitely a good day!

And then there are the not-so-good days. Even in the studio. We had an ornament exchange at the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild this year and I was paired with the lovely Stephanie!

After scouring Pinterest for sewn ornament ideas, I thought I'd make her a Christmas light bulb ornament, using fussy cut print fabric. It started out okay, but when it came to hand finishing the opening, things went all wonky. Literally.

Can't see the problem? How about this angle?

Um, yeah. No!

Let's try again. Handstitching with felt this time... Gotta work on getting a more even buttonhole stitch, but overall much better.

Yes, those are real French knots, made by moi. Had to watch the video twice to figure out what I was doing wrong the first seven times I tried the knot, but I got it in the end. 

As 2014 draws to a close, I'm very glad and thankful that the good days in 2014 far outweighed the bad days, both in the studio and outside of it! I hope it was the same for you!

It may be small, this is definitely a TGIFF! so I'm linking up with this week's TGIFF host, Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts

Have a great one!


  1. Totally counts as a finish!!! Plus its cute!

  2. French knots were one of my favorites when I used to cross stitch!

  3. If at first you don't succeed.... Try again! And voila! Love your red felt bulb and those hand embroidery details are sweet! Both ornaments are very cute. Wishing you and yours all the joy and peace of the season. And a very Happy New Year!

  4. Love your felt light bulb - great idea and it looks quite lovely. For some projects it's better to use felt than fabric for a nice finish is what I've learned. ^^

  5. Oh, what a pretty handmade ornament!

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season, M-R. Here's to an amazing 2015!

  6. LOL!! I totally understand the whole try try try thing until, finally, there it is!! But now you have the skill, and it won't get lost, and I think that that counts as another finish in itself :) XX!

  7. M-R. It looks great in my tree! I didn't know it was so much trouble, I'm glad you stuck to it though as it looks fantastic.


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