Gee you guys! I was thinking like maybe a dozen of you would weigh in but apparently there are some strong opinions out there! LOL! In the end, the bows definitely have it. It was neck and neck until about lunchtime, but then the bow people started turning up in droves. Thank you so much for your input.
But now I have another problem. First of all, I hate diappointing people. So for all you non-bowers, I feel like I owe you one.
Second of all, I'm TOTALLY loving the white/cream vs red ribbon idea that was first mentioned by Stephanie and picked up on by a bunch of you. The kit came with a beautiful red ricrac but I'm more of a ribbon girl so that's why it was red. Give me the weekend and I'll see if I can please everyone. ;)
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Ok. This post might make you think I'm totally off my rocker. But I'm normal in other ways - as in I sleep with my eyes closed and put my pants on one leg at a time - so please forgive me, kay?
When I added the beads & sequins & embroidery knots to the tree, I simply eyeballed as suggested in the pattern. No problem. They're just randomly fallen snowflakes, right?
But the spots on the deer ... well, I don't like freestyling these sorts of embroidery details. And you know how I don't like my embroidery markings to show.
Ok. So this is a little trick I learned from watching my mom way back in the 70's when she was making what I thought was a seriously ugly brown & orange & yellow sunflower crewelwork that hung in our decidedly 70's era diningroom (complete with mirror-tiled accent wall!)
Sorry, I digress. Where was I?
Oh yes, trick.
First I traced the embroidery details onto a scrap of tissue paper.
See? I included the outline of the deer so I could line it up with the felt.
Next I pinned the tissue to the felt, lining up the outline.
Then I started stitching through the tissue.
And then when all the embroidery was done I GENTLY tore the tissue away. (Sometimes tweezers are needed to get the little bits out.)
Oh, but I was ok eyeballing the sequins once all the other stitching was done.
And just a reminder for those of you who are interested, these gorgeous felt ornaments were designed by Alicia Paulson of the wonderful blog Posie Gets Cozy.
She came out with her 4th ornament kit this year.
All her kits are still available except for this one that I'm making, of course. It sold out already, but it's available as a PDF and she will likely rekit it for next year.