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« on: November 27, 2006 11:46:42 PM »

I experimented this past weekend and made some simple Christmas gifts.  I made them to be lapel pins for clothing- but, they could just as easily be Christmas ornaments or tied onto packages.

I loosely knitted a tree shape out of green wool and added a brown trunk.  I felted one to see if I was on the right track-- size wise (you can tell that the prototype is a bit bigger in size Cheesy) and made a few more- felted them.. let them dry for 2 days. 

I sewed and stitched trim and some bangles/beads and whatever I could find in my crafting supplies for the decorations.  I just happened to have a star shape for the top.. w/ a hole in the middle and I discovered that if I stitched the star on in every direction-- the stitching looked like another star.  They will have pins sewed on the back so they can be put onto coats or clothing.  If you need more help- just let me know- but, truthfully.. I just winged it and no matter what they all ended up looking about the same.

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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2006 04:23:35 AM »

How creative!  They look great and the embellishing sounds like a fun way to use up odds and ends. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2006 04:40:17 AM »

Thanks for your kind words.  I am really looking forward to giving them to the secretaries where I work- as a token gift to start the holidays- I work at a school- so, they'll fit right in!  Cheesy (they'll get a real gift later)

I might work on them some more and add a few more 'decorations' before I give them to them next week.

I wish that I had other colors in wool to make some more shapes- I did experiment and made a holly leaf w/ red berries and a big poinsettia flower that I'll keep for myself.
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2006 07:31:52 AM »

These look great.  What a good idea.  And, now, I know what I can do with the not-enough-for-a-project amount of green wool I have! 
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2006 09:01:51 AM »

You're welcome.. they were such fun to do- and fast!  The finished size of most of them is about 2" x 3".. and I think that I cast on like 18 stitches??  Something like that.. just cast it on and see if that looks best?  Some I knitted from the top down and most from the bottom up.. and the bottom up seemed easier to control-- (easier to control the decreases on the ends to me?)

I will post photos of the holly leaf w/berries and the poinsettia flower that I made when I have time.  They also turned out really good- it really did make me wish that I had other colors in wool.  Maybe, I now have a legitimate reason to buy some more wool yarn this weekend? Cheesy

Do post a photo when you make them..
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