Make Needle-Punch Snowmen Ornaments Embellished with Buttons and Seed Beads
Revive a time-honored form of embroidery with these needle-punch charmers. Buttons for coat and sky embellishments and seed bead eyes, mouths, and snow give the tufted designs extra dimension.
What You Need:
- White paper for tracing
- 12x18-inch rectangle of weaver's cloth
- Ultrafine-tip black permanent marker
How to Make It: Prepare the Materials
- Download and trace the patterns onto white paper. Tape the white-paper patterns to a sunny window or light box. Center the weaver's cloth over the patterns so the direction that the fabric stretches is from top to bottom; tape in place.
- Use the black marker to trace the solid lines onto the fabric. Leave at least 2 inches between traced designs. Secure the fabric in an embroidery hoop.
How to Make It: Punch the Designs
- For the snowmen, first outline each color area with stitches just inside the drawn lines. Make the stitches close together so that no space shows between them, then fill in the areas inside the outline with stitches that follow the direction of the outline.
Finish the Designs
- On the appropriate designs, sew on small black seed beads for the eyes and mouths, tiny black buttons for the buttons, small pearl seed beads for the snow dots, and a snowflake button.
Finish the Ornaments
- Cut a piece of cardboard to the size indicated by the outer ornament-shape lines on the pattern. Center the weaver's cloth over the cardboard, wrapping the excess cloth to the back of the cardboard; secure with glue.
- Form a hanging loop from a 5-inch length of cord. Glue the ends to the back of the ornament.
- Cut wool into three 4x4-3/4-inch rectangles for ornament backings; center and glue to the back of each ornament. Use pinking shears to trim the wool backing so it extends 1/2 inch beyond the ornament.