How to finish JCS ornaments?

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Shirah Winic » Thu, 16 Nov 1995 04:00:00



I bought the December issue of Just Cross Stitch purely to read MB's
article (great job, by the way!) and was quite taken with the snowflake
ornaments.  With appropriate color changes, I thought they might make nice
(and, more importantly, quick!) Chanukah gifts, but I can't for the life
of me figure out how to finish them.  I searched the magazine for
instructions, but could only find how-to's for the pillow-type ornaments.
Can anyone offer suggestions?  (If you haven't seen the magazine, the
ornaments in question are round, appear to be flat, and have semi-thick
cord around the edges which extends into a loop at the top for a hanger.)
I would be most appreciative of any assistance.

Shirah

--
Shirah Winicur
Department of Psychology
University of Colorado, Boulder

 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by ber.. » Fri, 17 Nov 1995 04:00:00


BTW, did anyone note any instruction, cutting or otherwise, on how to
finish those gorgeous ball ornaments/decorations? They were in the
designer focus section of the Dec. JCS, and I can't find instructions
anywhere. Am I just blind with holiday preparation angst??
If anyone finds them, please let me know.
TIA
Leslie

--
As our experience teaches us the reliability of our own point of view, we begin to entertain the dangerous suspicion that those people out there may not know what they're talking about. Hugh Prather, 1977

Leslie Bernard Nolan


 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Lana Hold » Fri, 17 Nov 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

> I bought the December issue of Just Cross Stitch purely to read MB's
> article (great job, by the way!) and was quite taken with the snowflake
> ornaments.  With appropriate color changes, I thought they might make nice
> (and, more importantly, quick!) Chanukah gifts, but I can't for the life
> of me figure out how to finish them.  I searched the magazine for
> instructions, but could only find how-to's for the pillow-type ornaments.
> Can anyone offer suggestions?  (If you haven't seen the magazine, the
> ornaments in question are round, appear to be flat, and have semi-thick
> cord around the edges which extends into a loop at the top for a hanger.)
> I would be most appreciative of any assistance.

> Shirah

I am making the snowflake ornaments too!  I have finished stitching one in
Kreinik #4 gold braid on garnet aida and started another in pearl braid on
teal blue aida.  They stitch up really quickly-- the first one only took
me five days.

Redirecting topics slightly:  does anyone know of a source for ROYAL BLUE
aida?  I would like to stitch some in silver braid on royal blue, but can
only find light blues, denim blues and navy blues.  I don't want to mail
order without some advice, since it's hard to know what shade to expect
just from the names in a catalog.

I am planning to stitch the year on another piece of Aida to use for
backing fabric, and buy some batting to stuff them lightly.  Then I'm
going to use some gold cording for trim (like in the picture) and
handstitch it around the edges, tucking the ends into the ornament before
closing the seam.

Of course I warn you that I have a tendency to plunge right into things
without knowing what I'm doing... most of them turn out okay though!

--Lana Holden

 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Patrick J. Gom » Sat, 18 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

> I bought the December issue of Just Cross Stitch purely to read MB's
> article (great job, by the way!) and was quite taken with the snowflake
> ornaments.  With appropriate color changes, I thought they might make nice
> (and, more importantly, quick!) Chanukah gifts, but I can't for the life
> of me figure out how to finish them.  I searched the magazine for
> instructions, but could only find how-to's for the pillow-type ornaments.
> Can anyone offer suggestions?  (If you haven't seen the magazine, the
> ornaments in question are round, appear to be flat, and have semi-thick
> cord around the edges which extends into a loop at the top for a hanger.)
> I would be most appreciative of any assistance.

> Shirah

> --
> Shirah Winicur
> Department of Psychology
> University of Colorado, Boulder


Dear Shirah, I think these are either put on the sticky, puffed circles (I
put fabric covering two and glue them together) Then either German cording
made from floss or Kreinik braid is stitched around them. You could also
use Aida Plus and glue ultra suede or felt on the backs or even perforated
paper. There is even a stick on felt that should be really quick. I have
taken this magazine since it first came out and the new editors let this
happen a lot--no instructions. Really irritating. Anne Gomes
--
Pat Gomes
Severn, Maryland
 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Mcoh » Sat, 18 Nov 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
> BTW, did anyone note any instruction, cutting or otherwise, on how to
> finish those gorgeous ball ornaments/decorations? They were in the
> designer focus section of the Dec. JCS, and I can't find instructions
> anywhere. Am I just blind with holiday preparation angst??
> If anyone finds them, please let me know.
> TIA
> Leslie

I looked all over the magazine for ANY finishing instructions for
ANYTHING.  Couldn't find instructions ANYWHERE.  As a matter of fact,
there aren't any instructions for constructing the stockings.  

I really like JCS and have taken this magazine up as my replacement for
CS&CC.  But I do wish they would include finishing instructions for
their projects.  They shouldn't assume that because someone can x-stitch,
they automatically know how to sew and construct finished pieces.  CS&SS
used to include quite detailed instructions for finishing projects that
were not for framing.

Just my .02.

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How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Terry Villeneu » Sun, 19 Nov 1995 04:00:00



says...
Quote:

>BTW, did anyone note any instruction, cutting or otherwise, on how to
>finish those gorgeous ball ornaments/decorations? They were in the
>designer focus section of the Dec. JCS, and I can't find instructions
>anywhere. Am I just blind with holiday preparation angst??
>If anyone finds them, please let me know.
>TIA
>Leslie

Have you read the article to the left of the chart for the ornaments?  It
suggests that you use pins to hold the six strips on to the styrofoam ball,
and cover the edges of the strips with the decorative trim.

You will find 1/2" sequin pins will do the job nicely.  Pin the six strips to
the ball evenly around.  Trim the top and bottom edges of the fabric, to
remove excess bulk.  Using larger, more decorative pins, you can then attatch
the trim.  Aileens tacky glue will work fine for this project.  You can use
it to either attach the trim, or to put on the end of the pins before
inserting (on the trim pins only)

I found that a large pearl hat pin works very nicely at the top of the
ornament to hold the ribbon that the ornament hangs from.  I put a dab of
glue on the end of this pin before inserting it into the ball.

Terry V.

 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Susan Prof » Sun, 19 Nov 1995 04:00:00




Quote:


>>I bought the December issue of Just Cross Stitch
>>and was quite taken with the snowflake ornaments.

Yep, they are nice ones.

Quote:
>>With appropriate color changes, I thought they
>>might make nice Chanukah gifts, but I can't for the life
>>of me figure out how to finish them.
>>Shirah

>    Hi, Shirah!  
>    (1) mix Elmer's white glue half-and-half with water and paint
>    this on both sides of the ornament
>    or (2) brush (smear) undiluted Elmer's on the back of the piece,
>    Martha Beth

Hi.
Just a note here - Elmer's White glue is a polyvinyl glue. Read the labels
though:

Some other craft glues are casein glues. Casein or milk glue paint has
been used in the theatre, furniture and in housepainting for quite some
time now - it was very popular in colonial New England because the main
ingredient - milk - was cheaply and readily available.

Although the polyvinyl glues won't do this the casein ones will break
down, sometimes in a rather smelly fashion if it is still in the liquid
form. How they deal with that in the theatre is to add a few drops of
disinfectant to each paint gallon, which doesn't seem to damage
scene flats painted with the stuff.

When I did NOT read a label before making a thinned glue to stiffening
some tatting (all the casein glues I had ever seen had had a yellow or
brown tinge to them, but this one didn't so I wasn't aware of what I had
done at first) my SO suggested adding a single drop of pine oil to the mix.
It didn't discolor the needlework, and it wasn't enough to add a noticable
scent to it when dried, but it certainly made it more pleasant while
working with it.


We are beginners at more than we are experts of.

 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Laurie Hopm » Sun, 19 Nov 1995 04:00:00




Quote:
>BTW, did anyone note any instruction, cutting or otherwise, on how to
>finish those gorgeous ball ornaments/decorations? They were in the
>designer focus section of the Dec. JCS, and I can't find instructions
>anywhere. Am I just blind with holiday preparation angst??
>If anyone finds them, please let me know.
>TIA
>Leslie

I would like to know how to do these, too. They caught my eye, and I searched
high and low in the magazine to no avail. I think the designer publishes a
booklet with more designs that probably has instructions, but it seems a bit
unfair to publish the design in the mag without the finishing instructions.
If I find any spare time I was going to write to JCS or call to ask (complain
politely) about this, but the likelihood of "spare time" is so low as to be
unmeasurable...
If anyone knows how, please include me in the scoop.
Aloha, Laurie
 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Ndlw » Mon, 20 Nov 1995 04:00:00


You are right. There was no instructions whatsoever for those ornaments.
There was also no resource noted for the unusual grape bead and leaf on
the Merry Cox pincushion. Wish the magazine had an e-mail address, don't
you?
 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Jana R. Covacevic » Mon, 20 Nov 1995 04:00:00


I, too, was frustrated trying to find the instructions for the
ornaments.  But I did notice that you could write off for the
instructions, which I did.  I figured it would be at least 2 or 3
weeks before I received a response.  However, surprise!!!, I
received the info in six days from the day I mailed the letter.  

Jana in New Orleans...

--
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~"After your death will come the prince full of
valor and wisdom who, because of your books, will wish that he
had belonged to your time and would wish to have known you."  
---Christine de Pizan, French Author ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Laurie Hopm » Mon, 20 Nov 1995 04:00:00




Quote:

>says...
>Have you read the article to the left of the chart for the ornaments?  It
>suggests that you use pins to hold the six strips on to the styrofoam ball,
>and cover the edges of the strips with the decorative trim.

Hi, Terry. My big question is this: What's the size and shape of these strips?
I suppose that depends on the size of the ball, but is there a template or
something? With that knowledge and your above advice, I'm like the little
train that could.....

I think I can, I think I can---------------Laurie

 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by AJ Shjeft » Tue, 21 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>I bought the December issue of Just Cross Stitch purely to read MB's
>article (great job, by the way!) and was quite taken with the snowflake
>ornaments.  With appropriate color changes, I thought they might make nice
>(and, more importantly, quick!) Chanukah gifts, but I can't for the life
>of me figure out how to finish them.  I searched the magazine for
>instructions, but could only find how-to's for the pillow-type ornaments.
>Can anyone offer suggestions?  (If you haven't seen the magazine, the
>ornaments in question are round, appear to be flat, and have semi-thick
>cord around the edges which extends into a loop at the top for a hanger.)
>I would be most appreciative of any assistance.

>Shirah

>--
>Shirah Winicur
>Department of Psychology
>University of Colorado, Boulder


You could stiffen the design and then put foil or self-stick felt on the
back of the ornament.  You would then cut out around the ornament and
have put a hanger between the foil or felt and the ornament.  If this is

better.  Ann
 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Patrick J. Gom » Tue, 21 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Hi, Laurie and all, This of JCS not including finishing is so irritating.
Last year I made some Ukrainian eggs for Easter and the same technique
should work. I put the piece on plastic, spread glue (sobo or some such)
around the edges and let it dry. Then I trimmed around with a 2 stitch
space outside the stitched area. I then pinned the fabric around the
center of the styrofoam ball and,  using a dull nail file
 pushed the edges into the styrofoam. I finished by covering the pushed in
areas with ribbon, made a bow and pinned it into the top. It really came
out well, sort of tto my surprise. Hope it helps, Anne
--
Pat & Anne Gomes
Severn, Maryland
 
 
 

How to finish JCS ornaments?

Post by Lana Hold » Tue, 21 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
> You could stiffen the design and then put foil or self-stick felt on the
> back of the ornament.  You would then cut out around the ornament and
> have put a hanger between the foil or felt and the ornament.  If this is

> better.  Ann

Ooh, this gives me an idea... I think I will buy a small piece of gold mat
board to use as backing.  That will stiffen and decorate it all in one
step!

--Lana