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Topic: A Snowflake In Memory of Her....(Img Heavy!!) **Semi-Tute**  (Read 8038 times)
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cjkRAFT
« on: December 04, 2009 11:17:20 AM »

Ok...so a bit of a back story. My Mamaw passed away January 19th of this year. This is my family's first Christmas without her. She was the glue that held us together. She was also a GREAT craft-er! She had 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She made these awesome snowflakes that she would hang on the Christmas tree every year. She had one for each of her grandkids. Every snowflake had a picture of a grandkid in it too! It was kind of tradition to go to the tree and search for your snowflake! She was amazing...But anyways, I decided I would make a snowflake for each of my family members with her picture in the middle. So every year they could hang her on their Christmas tree like she always did for us. I hope they like them.


This is the snowflake before it's put together. She/I used plastic canvas and yarn.




I made 11 snowflakes altogether.



Here is the snowflake hanging on our tree without the picture.




Here is the snowflake with the pic of my Mamaw.





Enjoy!!
Let me know what you think!
Merry Christmas!
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2009 11:31:35 AM »

What a neat idea!  I think they are beautiful!  Did you find patterns online or did you use hers as your pattern?
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2009 11:45:24 AM »

What a neat idea!  I think they are beautiful!  Did you find patterns online or did you use hers as your pattern?

Thank you! I actually used hers. She had one snowflake that was unmade. I'll take pics and post so everyone can make some of their own!
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2009 12:09:23 PM »

That is a great memory ornament.

i hope your family all enjoy this beautiful keepsake.
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2009 12:14:14 PM »

What a lovely thing for you to do for your family! I'm sure your family will love them, and I bet she would be very proud of you-- not to mention pleased that you're keeping her tradition alive. They look beautiful  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2009 12:33:57 PM »

that's really neat that you are keeping the tradition going with your family. great job
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2009 12:34:44 PM »

Love it... we have keepsake ornaments for each loved one no longer with us. It'll be nice not to have to make any this year.
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2009 01:45:44 PM »

Well I was going to try and make a tutorial but there are just WAY too many steps! I wouldn't be able to fit all of them on here! But I will give you a few pointers!

First you should cut your entire sheet of Plastic canvas into 3"x2 7/8" squares. (This step is optional. But it's a big help when you actually start to cut out the snowflake.)



I don't have a pattern to go by...you're just gonna have to count out the squares. (Make sure you're holding the square the right way! 3" across and 2 7/8" down)
Make sure to cut out two. On the 2nd one you cut out the middle. BTW, it helps to have a pointy pair of scissors!





You start here. Make sure to keep some yarn out. This is how you keep it together without knots!


This is where you will start around the edges. Remember to always bring your needle through from the back.



You will go back later and cover the rest of the canvas.



No knots! Slide your needle through the yarn on the BACK of the snowflake.



After you finished all four corners. You'll move to the middle. You'll start it out the same way as the beginning of the snowflake.



This is what the middle of the other snowflake should look like when you are done. Again make sure to keep some extra yarn out and wrap around it so there are no knots!



Sorry I couldn't put a WHOLE tutorial on here. I hope this helps some! Feel free to ask questions!

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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2009 06:22:47 PM »

 It is beautiful.  My grandma passed away in October.  I was looking at ornaments just today and they wanted $6.99 for a memorial ornament that wasn't even very well done.  And I thought "I could make one that would look so much better."  Then I find this.  It will be perfect!  Thank you so much for the tutorial!
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2009 06:30:48 PM »

It is beautiful.  My grandma passed away in October.  I was looking at ornaments just today and they wanted $6.99 for a memorial ornament that wasn't even very well done.  And I thought "I could make one that would look so much better."  Then I find this.  It will be perfect!  Thank you so much for the tutorial!

Thank you! I'm sorry to hear about your grandma. I know it's hard. But I'm glad my post helped you out! If you have any preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'questions...seriously') just ask!
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2009 09:18:27 PM »

Such a beautiful idea for a gift. I am sure everyone will love their snowflakes.
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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2009 03:01:08 AM »

What a beautiful thing to do cjkRAFT. I'm sure she is smiling down at you as you are working on these. Your family will love them. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2009 02:18:56 PM »

This looks brilliant, what a lovely thing to do for the rest of the family and a great way to keep your grandma's tradition alive
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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2009 02:30:00 PM »

This is a seriously amazing thing.  My husband's grandmother passed away two years ago just before Christmas, and it has been really hard on his family.  His uncle just recently passed as well, and I think this would be an awesome way to give everyone in his incredibly large family to have a keep sake.

Thanks also for the tutorial.  I do have one question:  How do you join the two pieces together?  With all the white thread, it's hard to see where the joining stitches are.
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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2009 04:05:31 PM »

That brought tears to my eyes!  What a beautiful homage!

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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2009 04:37:39 PM »

Thanks also for the tutorial.  I do have one question:  How do you join the two pieces together?  With all the white thread, it's hard to see where the joining stitches are.

Actually, you don't even sew the two pieces together. They just "snap" in place. You just push each top corner behind each back corner. So that way you can switch out the picture.

I'm glad everyone likes them!!!
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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2009 06:49:27 PM »

A lovely way to honour her, I am sure she is smiling down at your wonderful tribute to her and for carrying on a family tradition in her memory.
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« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2009 05:55:53 AM »

these are very beautiful, and it's nice to hear the story behind them. it's important to keep the traditions going Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2009 07:51:23 AM »

What a gift to treasure.  I'm sure there won't be a dry eye in the house.  I was very touched by your post and hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family.  I miss my grandma, too!  Cry
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« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2009 09:56:22 AM »

This is a wonderful idea, and it's great that you are keeping her tradition alive.
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« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2009 01:33:56 PM »

this is so sweet. And how nice of you to help others with ways to do it themselves! Awesome crafting!
And may I just say it's nice to see someone else who does plastic canvas! Smiley I haven't done it in a long time but it's one of the first things I was taught as a kid by my grandmother! Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2009 03:00:47 PM »

Simply lovely!  What a wonderful way to honor your grandmother's memory & her craftiness. 
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« Reply #22 on: December 06, 2009 03:43:19 PM »

That is really touching. I started to tear up reading the story. Crafts can serve so many purposes including memorializing our loved ones.
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« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2009 09:42:21 AM »

Thanks you guys!! You all are amazing!!
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« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2009 08:48:22 PM »

I really like this ornament, I may have to try it sometime with your help Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: December 12, 2009 12:28:26 PM »

What a lovely, thoughtful gift.
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« Reply #26 on: December 12, 2009 01:21:12 PM »

What a thoughtful way to keep her tradition going and to turn it into a memorial for her at the same time.
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« Reply #27 on: December 12, 2009 07:16:59 PM »

awwwww, sorry to hear of your loss. But it is wonderful that you are taking her tradition and putting your twist on it with her photo for all the family members. it is a lovely idea, great gift and the ornaments are very pretty. Happy Holidays to you!  Grin Grin Grin
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