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« Reply #440 on: November 14, 2008 03:54:12 AM »

I learned that you need two pieces of embroidery floss instead of one

How come? Huh You mean... two strands instead of one?

I like the bird, too. Hm, and maybe these could be sewn onto towels or something?
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« Reply #441 on: November 14, 2008 12:16:59 PM »

I did mean two strands, not pieces of embroidery floss.  I really should proof-read my posts, but never seem to.  Appliquing it to a towel sounds good.  I've thought about using the bird as the center piece of a log cabin block throw pillow, but I'm not sure.  I've been drawing these types of birds for over a decade and really like the look of this one embroidered.  The snail was a request from my almost-5-year old, so I want to use it in his room somehow. 

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« Reply #442 on: December 09, 2008 08:40:56 AM »

Oh my, I totally forgot about November!

At least I have something for December.  Just a little ornament I recently made:

               
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« Reply #443 on: December 09, 2008 12:10:04 PM »

Homer- I've always loved homeade ornaments, they make a tree more special than the store bought ones.  Love that the buttons are different too!


I made an ornament for December since I was so busy making quilts and wanted to post before I forgot!

This is supposed to be a Morovian star, but I accidently changed the middle points.  I'm happy with it though and will hang it as soon as I find the ornament hangers Roll Eyes  Forgive the bad lighting, we haven't had much sun today.


and the other side

I'm making more, but will try to make the center correctly.   This star is made of Christmas gift wrap ribbon.  Traditionally they are dipped in wax I think.  I found the pattern years ago and bring it out every so often. Grin

Hope y'all like it, I know it isn't much but maybe I can add more later.
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« Reply #444 on: December 10, 2008 01:29:33 PM »

Homerof2, your ornament is just so sweet.
 goldfishpollywog, the star ornament is gorgeous.

I totally missed Nov. Sorry about that Sad
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« Reply #445 on: December 12, 2008 03:39:35 PM »

Thank you malgudi!  The instructions are at http://www.howtomakestars.com/instructions.html  for anyone interested.
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« Reply #446 on: December 13, 2008 08:51:47 AM »

I missed November, too. Shocked Oh my, and I knew so well what to make!

Actually, I can't promise I won't miss December either. Tongue

The ornaments are a great idea.
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« Reply #447 on: December 14, 2008 10:46:13 AM »

Goldfishpollywog, I love the woven star. I keep trying to teach myself how to do that, but screw it up every time. I'm a visual learner and I might go see if there is a youtube of someone folding one somewhere... Cheesy Thanks for the tute. Maybe if I try again some morning right after coffee...

I had a crazy year. Sorry I ended up not participating. I hoped I would have more time than I did. Next year I will not be a presidential campaign volunteer, which will help me have more crafty-time. Cheesy 
 
I hope we will do this again next year. I'll actually craft-along, too!

I made a bunch of these star/snowflake ornaments for adding to the treat bags my son will take to school this week. Altogether, I made over 30 of them. Here are a few:


I might make something red and green before Christmas for the thread.  Grin

My son I made these simple ornaments out of some lenticular papers and florist's wire:



We got the papers here, for holiday crafting:
http://www.beadspinner.net/page/page/5806287.htm
I had to remove a few slightly naughty ones I didn't wan't to explain to an eight year -old, but the box of goodies has been quite fun. Our tree is full of these ornaments this year. Lenticulars flicker back and forth between two or more images. Kids love them. I am a 45-year-old kid and I love them. They are heavy and thick, and I used a leather punch to make the holes for the beaded wire.

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« Reply #448 on: December 14, 2008 01:28:15 PM »

could you please tell me where you got the star/snowflake idea ?also how they are made ? thank you
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« Reply #449 on: December 14, 2008 03:09:01 PM »

Sure, cindy065, I'd be happy to. I first learned how to make them from my German grandmother when I was very little. We made them out of florist's wire and she would give me larger beads to work with, because I was very young. You can use whatever beads you have lying around, provided that some of them have a big enough hole to pass a wire through twice. Grandma called them "perlensterne", German for "bead stars", and that is what I've called them ever since.   The best web site I have ever found on how to make them is in German, but the pics are pretty self-explanatory. Here's the site:
http://www.basteln-mit-elisabeth.de/perlenst.htm
If you scroll down this page, you will see a few of them, and a bunch of links below that. All of those links have more star ideas. A few have tuts. I'll dig up a few for you that are not on the front page.
Here:
http://www.basteln-mit-elisabeth.de/perlen-f.htm
http://www.basteln-mit-elisabeth.de/perlenkranz/pe-kranz.htm
http://www.basteln-mit-elisabeth.de/glas.htm
http://www.basteln-mit-elisabeth.de/winzige.htm
http://www.basteln-mit-elisabeth.de/perlen-a.htm
http://www.basteln-mit-elisabeth.de/perlen-g.htm
http://www.basteln-mit-elisabeth.de/perlen-h.htm
http://www.basteln-mit-elisabeth.de/perlen-i.htm
Scroll down this one:
http://www.basteln-mit-elisabeth.de/perlen-geli/engel.htm

Here is a list of links around her site. She has lots of great crafts. If you are looking for beadwork, look at everythng "perlen", and there are other star crafts under "sterne".
http://www.basteln-mit-elisabeth.de/themen.htm

My German is poor, since my grandma died 37 years ago when I was still little, but the best sites on this are in German. I'll see if I can find more later on. The gist is that you can use many different configurations, and use whatever you have on hand. I use 26 ga florist's wire from Walmart. I prefer the silver kind, but green is okay, too. Happy crafting!  Smiley

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