The Loopy Ewe had these great wooden buttons (I used the term “had” because I just went back and ordered the rest they had in stock of this particular style but they do have other styles still available here) to use as ornaments on embroidered trees and a plan was hatched to stitch up a few trees and frame them for some holiday gifts for a few people.
Here’s the first one I stitched up yesterday – very quick – still needs to be properly framed. I used a card and a half of the buttons on this one since I wanted a ornament on every branch. I think it turned out so cute. I used pearl cotton to stitch it and it’s stitched on houndstooth check felted wool. I have this print wool in several colors (bright pink, lime green and rust in addition to the blue) so they will sort of unorthodox holiday colors (which I like) and will be so cute.
On subsequent ones I’m going to add a few beads and other “findings” as ornaments among the wooden ones. I’ve already discovered that metal ring stitch markers with the little beads on them will look like great ornaments and add a bit of bling. And I also plan to make a large framed version – maybe 14 x 16 as a gift for a person I was having a hard time figuring out what to make but this will be perfect. So of course that’s why I had to order more of these buttons, plus some that are heart shaped, and some mittens and Christmas stockings. I’m looking forward to working on the rest of these.
Progress has also been made on the striped sweater – the back is finished and I’ve got about 5″ done on the front. It doesn’t look like much preblocking and laying on the floor so far but it’s going to be a pretty sweater.