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FSL Ornaments Christmas Cards

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Materials
  • 4 x 4 hoop for 8 of the designs
  • 5 x 7 hoop for 2 of the designs
  • Super White Polyester embroidery thread
  • Fibrous Water Soluble Stabilizer 2 layers for each hoop for the number of cards you wish to make
  • Assorted ribbons 20” in length ¼” to ½”
  • Christmas message rubber stamp and ink pad
  • 5” x 7” and 4” x 5” prefolded cards and envelopes – Hobby Lobby
  • Long Reach Ribbon Stitch Punch – Hobby Lobby item 633909
  • Optional: Removable adhesive dot tape

  • Designs used in this project
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLO01.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLO05.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLO06.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLO07.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLO08.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLO09.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLO04.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLO03.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLO02.aspx
  • https://www.embroiderydesigns.com/productdetails/Pat-Williams/StockDesign/1/FSLO10.aspx

  • Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    The time calculated above does not include drying time for the lace ornaments. Each ornament has a different run time on your machine based on its stitch count, most take about 1/2 hour to run a couple take about 45 minutes. Assembly of the cards is quick and easy. Note: Your friends may have to have a new piece of ribbon to tie to the ornament when they remove it from the card depending on how short you trimmed your ribbon, so if you wish you can put a new piece of ribbon in the envelope too.


    Step 1:
    Tautly hoop two layers of fibrous water soluble stabilizer; load the desired FSL Ornament file into your machine; stitch with polyester thread; trim around the ornament.

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    Step 2:
    Hold under running hot water just long enough to remove the stabilizer.

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    Step 3:
    Lay the wet ornaments on a loop free dish towel to dry.

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    Step 4:
    Gather the ribbons, a Christmas saying rubber stamp and ink, a ruler, a pencil, the removable glue dots and the two-hole ribbon punch to assemble the cards.

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    Step 5:
    The sample shown is using a 5” x 7” card. Measure half way across the top of the card, depth from the top of the card can vary depending on where you want the ornament to hang and how long you want the ribbons to be on the card; make a small mark with a pencil.

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    Step 6:
    Use the lines on your craft mat to line up the front of the card and the hole punch over your mark; push down to punch the holes.

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    Step 7:
    Feed a 20” length of ribbon through the loop at the top of the ornament and through one of the holes.

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    Step 8:
    Feed the same side of the ribbon up through the second hole.


    Step 9:
    Feed the remaining ribbon tail through the two holes in the reverse order, that is, feed it first through the hole the 1st ribbon is coming out of and out the other hole, so that you have a ribbon tail coming out of each hole. Tie the ribbon into a bow.

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    Step 10:
    Align the rubber stamp and press to add a Christmas message to the outside or inside of your card. Or, if you have lovely handwriting please write it yourself.

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    Step 11:
    It is time to let your imagination run wild. The next three pictures will show you some of the possibilities. On the card on the right a piece of burlap ribbon was glued to the card before the ornament was attached; in the center card two sets of holes were punched, one close to the top of the card and one set as far as the punch would reach from the bottom on the card, then the ribbon was threaded through both; on the left card a wider ribbon was used, you do have to fold up the ribbon to get it fed through the holes, but I loved the effect.

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    Step 12:
    Some additional ideas. The card on the right is a 4” x 5” card.

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    Step 13:
    In these samples the card on the right again is 4” x 5” card turned horizontally. After the ribbon was slipped through the holes and the ornament the sides of the ribbon were glued to the front and just to the inside edges of the card.

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    Step 14:
    As an afterthought I used a roller of removable glue dots to apply a few dots to the cards underneath where the ornaments would lie; you have to press on the lace fairly firmly to get the adhesive dots to stick to the lace and let them lay down for a few hours to get the lace to stick. I used removable dots so that the recipients can be sure to remove the ornaments to place on their Christmas trees. It is also perfectly fine to just let the ornaments hang loose.

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    Step 15:
    Congratulations your Christmas cards are done for this year!

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    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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    Linda B Nov 27, 2016
    These are so precious. I wish I had you near me in NY to get embroidery advice from.......you are wonderful.
    Reply

    Mary V Jan 15, 2017
    What weight thread and what size needle is best? Thanks, Mary L
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    Pat W Jan 16, 2017
    40 weight polyester thread on the top of your machine, rayon thread is too soft for these projects. 60 weight bobbin thread. A 75/11 needle is fine.
    Reply
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