Sunday, January 9, 2011
wreath ornament with crystals
I had such fun doing the Christmas tree ornament with heat-applied crystals that I decided to stitch a Christmas wreath ornament. Using a different shade of silk lame braid for 18m, I did the criss-cross Hungarian over the entire surface of the wreath. The natural flow of the stitch leaves openings which are perfect for French knots, cross stitches, or heat-applied crystals. I had originally planned to do a combination of French knots and crystals, but the French knots just didn't look right in either a contrasting color or the same shade of green.
From this photograph it's difficult to discern whether the sparkles are crystals or beads. I applied crystals to every other row and left a hole between crystals in a row. That does not show in the photograph, but does show in person.
The wreath and the tree were both such fun to stitch that I decided to produce kits so others can have the same fun. I've started the stitches on each and included enough of the silk lame braid to complete the project.