This weekend I went out and bought a bunch of felt. First, I saw some cute handmade felt magnets on flickr. Then I remembered a tutorial I bookmarked awhile back for handmade embroidered felt ornaments, and I decided it was time I give them a try. You can find the tutorial to make your own embroidered felt ornament at Sunshine’s Creations. I know it’s still (barely) October, but the holidays will be upon us before we know it, and I want to get a head start. Plus, these ornaments were too cute to put off.
These ornaments also provide a good opportunity to practice embroidery stitches (which, if you notice my one wonky stem stitch, you’ll see I definitely needed the practice). I didn’t stray too far from the tutorial, so I worked on my stem stitch, lazy daisy, and blanket stitch. If you are new to embroidery or need a refresher, I highly recommend Primrose Design’s Stitch School posts, which you can find in a list on the right hand side of her blog. Each post focuses on a single stitch in detail, showing how to make the stitch with step-by step photos and instructions and giving information about how the stitch is used.
Apparently, I’m not the only one taken with Sunshine’s embroidered felt ornaments. She has created a flickr group to showcase all the cool things people are doing with felt. Check out Sunshine’s tutorial, the flickr group, and Primrose Design’s Stitch School, and let me know if you whip up any pretty new holiday ornaments!