Three Sided Ornament on Blue

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Adapted from a Pelin Tezer complimentary design that can be found near the bottom of this page. Stitched with B5200 on 22 count hardanger. The coverage wasn't as good as I had hoped so the stitching isn't as bright white as I had envisioned. However, I'm very happy about the finishing so I'm now on the hunt for samples of higher count blue fabrics, or thicker thread, to experiment with.

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This ornament was inspired by a redwork one I found on lovebiser blog. The blog page is not in English but she has lots of step by step photos. She assembles her ornament by sewing the pieces right side together and then she turns it right side out, stuffs it with polyfil and slip stitches it shut. I assembled this one by mounting the three pieces over card stock and felt then ladder stitching them together.

I didn't have access to a camera the day I put this ornament together and I was too impatient to wait for one. However I did make a tutorial of the next three sided ornament I assembled. Three sided ornament tutorial.

While I was stitching this ornament I had a eureka moment (an eureka moment?) about applying the cording in such away that I didn't have to worry about fraying ends. I made three pieces of cording and ran the hanger thread through the center of the three loops at the folded end. I parked this point at the top of the ornament and, using a toothpick, I applied a tiny line of glue along three seams of the ornament. I glued the cording over the seams.

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When the glue was dry I bound the three cords together, snug against the bottom of the ornament.

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Then I shook and combed the ends of the cording into a tassel and cut them to length.
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I'd like to do an ornament like this and use a crocheted or tatted edging at the seams. I'm thinking I might even be able to use the crochet to "sew" the three pieces together. I don't think I would do it for gift ornaments though because the ornament would have to be carefully stored to keep the edging from becoming wrinkled. Or maybe I should apply edging flat on the ornament so that it frames the stitching on all three sides and meets at the seams...

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