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Seashell Ornament

Thanks to stitch suggestions from Susan Hoekstra in a Seminar Color class in 2019 and a thread from Rosie at NJ Needle Fest in 2021, I finished stitching this Seashell ornament. Fast forward to 2022 when I won fabric pieces as a door prize at Linda’s Quilt Guild Show. There are 19 pieces 5&1/2″ squares all different but coordinated. I narrowed the choices for the backing down to 6 and let my husband pick the fabric to coordinate with the seashell.

I did my cutting and ironing of the fabric and fusing web onto Skirtex as previously described.

On the canvas, I see areas that appear raised and want to accentuate them. So, I spent time cutting and tacking felt into the vertical areas along the bottom left and the larger upper right area. One layer of felt on the outer 2 vertical areas, two in center 2 vertical areas, and two in the upper right area.

Then, I attached the padded canvas to another piece of Skirtex in the unpadded areas to make the padded areas raised.

I tacked the edging back using invisible thread (not the lacing technique).

I didn’t have any cording I liked. So, I went into my stash and found Vineyard Silk Shimmer S-515 Toffee which is brown to match the back, frames the seashell nicely, and has a little gold sparkle. The skein was already cut into 38.5″ lengths. So, I thought I’d need 11″ without a hanger. The instructions for the Kreinik Custom Corder say to start with 3x what you need. Tension can vary ending length.

By tying together 2 lengths for one large loop and 2 for the other, I got 16″ final twisted cord which even allows for a hanging loop. Between the Kreinik written instructions and YouTube video, I made the cord and hopefully I got enough twist.

With more invisible thread and Wonder Clips to hold the back and front together, I attached the twisted cord between the two layers.

Plenty of time to clean up the dining room table before Christmas!


6 Comments so far
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Very pretty and your husband has nice taste in material ! What a great job with the padding – it came out lovely !! Another on the tree !!!

Comment by lpleyer

Yes, he has a good eye! Yeah, the tree is looking great. I am so happy to accomplish the finishing.

Comment by melitastitches4fun

The ornament is lovely! And the padding has a great effect. Hurray for finishing yourself. I am a coward and still send mine out.

Comment by nbuennemeyer

Thanks. Yes, very happy with the padding. They get better with practice!

Comment by melitastitches4fun

I love the padding effect. Great job on the cording – I haven’t tried that yet so know who to go to when I do!

Comment by dmbstitch

Thanks. I think I would increase the twist next time.

Comment by melitastitches4fun




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