I’ve been very busy sewing. This year I made more ornaments than ever before, and there are more several that I’m still working on. I finished these first because they’re for my sister in New York, who lost all her Christmas decorations (together with many other more important things) to Hurricane Sandy last year. I posted about the ornaments I made for her last Christmas here.
I’d always felt that my machine-sewn ornaments were inferior to the hand-stitched ones I’ve seen all over the internet, so I made some entirely by hand this year. This was the first time I’d done any hand stitching and it was much more fun than I had expected. I also did much better than I thought I would, even if I can’t help but fixate on all the little mistakes I made. I think that if I had time to add a hobby to my life, I’d take up embroidery.
I made multiples of all the ornaments pictured above, except for the rocking horse, which I made as a gift for my nephew. The happy snowman and snow globe ornaments were inspired by this brooch and this ornament. (The originals are much better than my versions.) For the Barbapapas, the rocking horse, and the polar bears, I resized and printed some line drawings I’d found on the internet and used them as patterns. The hearts were a bit of an afterthought; in fact, I only made two of them. I had been planning to make some gingerbread houses, but then realized I’d never finish them in time to mail them. At the time, I was teaching Pata to sew and she was making a heart ornament, so while I supervised her work, I made a couple of my own. (Hers is much cuter than mine. Post with picture