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Topic: Red velvet tree topper star (complete w/ photos)  (Read 1619 times)
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« on: November 24, 2006 07:11:23 PM »

Yesterday, my boy and I bought our very first (fake) tree together. It was extremely exciting for one such as I, who is completely obsessed with everything surrounding winter holidays. We're going to decorate it (and every other available surface of our apartment) tomorrow, and tonight I suddenly realized that while I have a ton of ornaments, I had no tree star, or any kind of topper at all! I couldn't be having with that, so I whipped up this one. It took a while, mostly because of the beading.

It's about 10" by 9", including the bit that goes on the tree. I made it thus:
First, I made a wire star. I outlined it on the back of my velvet, and cut out two (plus seam allowance). I sewed up the velvet and hemmed the bottom, and then realized, d%@* it, I should have put in the armature first. So I scrunched up the wire armature and stuffed it into the velvet, and then somehow managed to unbend it while it was inside the star. I don't know how, but it worked. Then I stuffed it lightly, and then beaded the pattern on the front. I put a cardboard cone in the base for the branch to go in, and put a chopstick (high tech!) through the whole thing to make it sturdy.

I think it came out pretty nicely. I might make a new one next year, and do better, with more interesting fabric and better beads- this was all stuff I had around- but it's still pretty!

I'll add a pic of it on the tree once our tree is up.
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2006 08:37:33 PM »

Oh thats beautiful! The colours and beading look so rich together. Well done.

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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2006 01:23:47 PM »

This is just lovely! While I don't have a tree, I've been looking for something to hand in my porch windows...If I make this without the cone (and the armature and the chopstick  Cheesy ) then I can hang them in the windows...they might fade, but they should be easy enough to do every year! I may cheat and not hand stitch beads, but I'll find something sparkly!

I'll post a pic if I get them done in time for the holiday!

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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2006 03:58:43 PM »

That's beautiful.

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