Projects so far

Saturday, 10 December 2011

49th Project Completed - A Victorian style tree decoration

Hi there, 

So what did I make with the plastic lids? 

A Victorian style tree ornament. 

I thought I would go a little more traditional this week, these are great fun and you could always combine a few together to make a garland. You could also use this idea to display family photos or miniatures throughout the year if the style suits your home. If you don't want to make the lace you could always buy some (but where's the fun in that?).

Materials needed

  • Plastic lids - screw in bottle tops work well for small 'frames' or go bigger with gravy / sauce granule tubs (as I did)
  • Scraps of white medium / heavy interfacing or tear away stabiliser
  • Sewing machine 
  • 'Wing' needle - we sell these at July Textiles if you have trouble finding them locally
  • White thread
  • Multi-purpose glue like UHU
  • A length of matching ribbon

1. Start by measuring the circumference of your lid, this will determine the length of lace required. Cut a strip of interfacing to twice this length.

2. Cut a suitable picture to size (I used a traditional 'Christmassy' picture) and stick it inside the lid.

3. Now, with the wing needle installed, select one of the 'forward, back, forward' or heirloom stitches such as those shown above.

4. Stitch in rows on the interfacing whilst holding it taut.. As the wing needle goes in and out of the fabric it will cut small holes which appear  as old fashioned 'drawn work' stitches. Clever Huh?

5. Once you strip is complete, make two lines of gathering stitches along one side with long running stitches. Draw these up to fit around the lid. Glue into place.

6. Add a hanging loop by glueing it to the back of the lid. 

There we are, a traditional style Christmas tree decoration and a new technique!

Join me tomorrow for next weeks materials announcement.


Bossymamma said...

I've never heard of a wing needle before - it looks interesting and fun to use. It's certainly effective on this project.

Sue172 said...

So that's why I bought that wing needle 5+ years ago! Have to wait till after Christmas to try it though.