06 September 2010

The Start of a Tradition

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My Mother requested a special ornament for Christmas this year. She asked for something classic with crimson and gold, something with poinsettias. And, she told me, if I did a good enough job on it she would get some orders from her friends, lol.
Well that got me thinking. I have seen the beautiful ornaments made by Darlene in my previous post. And what an inspiration those are. So, I attempted to make one of those, but it did not turn out too well, but it got me thinking. Then it hit me to try to cover my ornament ball with felt, which I love working with.
It turned out to be an interesting project for sure. I hadn't covered a ball, or made a ball shape thing before so it was with much trial and error, until I finally got my felt to fit right.
I used a beautiful ivory colored felt and embroidered the year for the front panel and added little twinkly stars about the rest of the ball. I also cut flower petals from crimson felt and embroidered gold veins in each petal. I made a large poinsettia for the top, 2 small ones in front and a medium size one on the back. There is metallic gold ribbon topped with a gold and pearl twist trim. There are also pale leaves trimmed in gold glitter on top and more shiny gold ribbon, both as a little filler and as the hanger.
I enjoyed making this Christmas ornament and I think it turned out pretty good. Mom loved it and requested that I make her one every year now! Maybe I will even get some custom orders, who knows!


  1. (((......))) That's me with my mouth hanging open. This is one of the most beautiful hand made ornaments I've seen in a long time!
    Patricia :o)

  2. Thank you Patricia! That makes my day!

  3. It's beautiful - I can understand why your Mom wants one every year! I especially like that you did more than one size of poinsettia - it adds so much interest. Beautful work!


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