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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Paper Embroidery

I've certainly been enjoying the relaxed schedule of Christmas vacation week here at home. I got some super good news yesterday which I promised to share with you, so here it is...grades were posted and I finished my first semester of college with a GPA of 4.0 in all four of the classes I took! Woo hoo! I'm hoping I can keep that up this coming semester as well!

Now back to our relaxing Christmas vacation. The kids are having fun with their new toys and games, and I've been having fun with some needlework projects. The one I'm going to share today is paper embroidery, which you've seen before at Hooked On Needles, here, here, here and here. Although the individual designs on this project are quite small and relatively quick to work up, the entire project is big, about 30 pieces in all. It started out a little overwhelming, but now that I have quite a few designs all stitched up, I realize that it is very manageable and I should be able to finish it on time. So here is the project of the day...

This design is part of a 4-panel design that I purchased from Stitching Cards. They have loads of fabulous designs for all occasions so it was hard to narrow my choice down to this one design!

I am repeating this same design, only changing the flower petal color and the frame color for variety. The card stock I am using is also several different colors.

Can you guess what the finished product will be? I think I need to make about 30 of these lovely little things. I'll keep you updated on my progress and by the time the finished item is revealed, I'm sure you will have already guessed it!

Are you doing any end-of-year stitching? Or are you spending the last week of 2012 planning your 2013 projects?

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a blessed Christmas!

Happy Stitching!

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

3 Dimensional Origami Star

My first semester of school is over and I've had a few days to get myself back together again. Grades won't be posted until the end of the week, so I'll let you know how I did then. It's nice to be back here at Hooked On Needles with you, even if just for a short time! I have not spent any time in my sewing room yet, but hopefully after Christmas, I will be able to finish that fun zig zag quilt top that I started at the end of summer.

Today I made something fun that I thought you might enjoy. All you need is some square paper and a little bit of time. I also cheated a bit and used some teensy bits of tape too. If you make one, you'll see why that was necessary! So here is what I made...

This is an origami star, made with only six pieces of square origami paper. Isn't it pretty? The folds are not hard to do, and putting it together was pretty easy too, once I started using the little pieces of tape to secure one piece to the next so they wouldn't keep popping off of each other!

I found quite a lot of videos showing how to make tons of different origami designs on youtube, and this one can be found by clicking HERE. The video is just over nine minutes long, but the first little bit is of ice skating. I don't know. I just watched it for the origami!

The finished size of this star shaped piece of course depends on the size of the square papers you use to make it. I used 5 7/8 inch squares and my star finished at just about that same size in diameter. It was fun to do and I thought it turned out pretty well for the first one.

A large version of this design would make a pretty Christmas tree topper, don't you think?

Happy Stitching!

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