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.
This is a little trick I learned from watching my mom 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 trace the embroidery details onto a scrap of tissue paper.
See? I include the outline of the deer so I can line it up with the felt.
Next I pin the tissue to the felt, lining up the outline.
Then I start stitching through the tissue.
And then when all the embroidery was done I GENTLY tear the tissue away. (Sometimes tweezers help to get the little bits out.)
Oh, but I'm ok eyeballing the sequins once all the other stitching was done.
These gorgeous felt ornaments are by Alicia Paulson of the wonderful blog Posie Gets Cozy.