Embroidered Pegboard

102167893Designer: Sherri K. Falls

Get personal with stitched names, monograms, or other inspirational words on your own pegboard.


Materials:

  • 2×3′ piece of white hardboard pegboard
  • DK weight cotton yarn: blue, coral, gold
  • Yarn needle
  • 5—34– to 1″-diameter gold buttons
  • S-hooks

Assemble the Pegboard:

1. Using a pencil and referring to the Stitch Placement Diagram, below, print the word ”Create” on the lower left-hand corner of the pegboard by connecting the dots.

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2. Use a doubled length of yarn threaded onto a yarn needle for all stitching. Knot yarn on back of pegboard to secure stitches. Backstitch the letters C and A with blue yarn.

3. Backstitch the letters R and T with coral yarn and both letter Es with gold yarn.

4. Stitch a button to each end of the letter C with blue yarn. Stitch three buttons for ellipses at the end of the word with gold yarn.

5. Hang crafts supplies on board using S-hooks.

 

Beaded Snowflake Wall Art

snowflake-patternsDesigner: Jann Williams

You’ll get a flurry of compliments when you make these beaded snowflake beauties.


Materials for Midnight Snowflakes:

  • 12″ square of dark gray wool
  • 6″-diameter vintage metal embroidery hoop
  • Transfer paper
  • Stylus or dried-up ballpoint pen
  • Caron Wildflowers embroidery thread: white
  • Embroidery floss: white
  • Embroidery needle
  • Bugle beads: silver
  • Beading needle
  • Snowflake pattern

 

1. Trace the pattern onto white paper. Lay a piece of transfer paper onto dark gray wool. Lay pattern on top of transfer paper in desired location. Using a stylus or dried-up ballpoint pen, carefully and firmly trace over design lines so design is transferred onto wool.

2. Insert embroidery in hoop, positioning design off center as shown in photo. Pull fabric taut. Stitch short in-and-out stitches, also known as stab stitches, on pattern lines.

3. Referring to photo, stitch silver bugle beads to each snowflake arm with a beading needle and one strand of white embroidery floss.

4. When all stitching is complete, turn the hoop over. Stitch a running stitch approximately 1-1⁄2″ outside the hoop in the fabric that extends past the hoop edges. Pull the thread to gather the fabric; knot the thread. Trim away the extra fabric approximately 1″ outside the gathered line.

5. If desired, cut a felt circle that is slightly smaller than the back of the embroidery hoop. Whipstitch the felt circle to the gathered fabric on the back side of the hoop.


Materials for Up-Close Flurry:

  • 10″ square of light gray suiting fabric
  • 4″-diameter vintage metal embroidery hoop
  • Transfer paper
  • Stylus or dried-up ballpoint pen
  • #8 perle cotton: white
  • Embroidery needle
  • Seed beads: silver and light blue
  • Beading needle
  • Snowflake pattern

 

1. Referring to Step 1 of Midnight Snowflakes, transfer design onto light gray suiting fabric.

2. Insert embroidery in hoop, centering design in opening. Stitch fly stitches using white perle cotton for each V shape shown on pattern.

3. Using a beading needle and one strand of white embroidery floss, stitch three silver seed beads to each snowflake arm end. Stitch a blue seed bead between every other fly stitch.

4. Referring to steps 4–5 of Midnight Snowflakes, finish back of embroidery.

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Paper Christmas Tree Wall Decor

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Designer: Sara Perez

Deck the walls with a tree that stars your paper scraps!


Materials:

  • 12×15″ piece of watercolor paper (or size to fit your frame opening)
  • Frame (ours is 16×20″)
  • Heavyweight cardstock: pale green, mint, forest green, gold, silver glittered
  • Crafts glue
  • 78” star punch

1. Cut pale green, mint, and forest green cardstock into strips ranging from 114–112” wide for the tree branches. Cut a 112” square from gold cardstock for the trunk.

2. Glue the trunk to the center bottom of the watercolor paper. Cut one pale green strip to 812” long. Referring to the photo, position the strip horizontally approximately 112” above the bottom edge of the ivory cardstock background for the bottom tree branch, overlapping the trunk; glue in place.

3. Cut a forest green cardstock strip slightly shorter than the pale green strip from step 2. Referring to the photo, glue the strip above the pale green strip, placing it at a slight angle and overlapping the strips.

4. Continue adding strips in the same manner. Alternate shades of cardstock, and overlap strips at alternating angles until satisfied with height of tree.

5. Punch a star from glittered silver cardstock. Glue star to the top strip of tree.

6. Insert tree artwork into frame.

Festive Wall Decor

fallDesigner: Sarah Zimmerman

You’ll never be at a loss for words with this welcoming display, using yarn-wrapped chipboard letters to spell out a greeting!


Materials:

  • 834“-tall papier-mâché letters: F, A, L, L
  • Yarn: moss green, oatmeal,
    brown, orange
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • Burlap
  • Felt: gold, moss green, brown
  • Tapestry needle
  • Hemp twine
  • Wooden frame with 712×912” opening: orange
  • Leaf and acorn patterns

1. Wrap each papier-mâché letter with a color of yarn as desired, using a hot-glue gun to periodically secure the yarn as you wrap. Cover sides and ends of each letter by working outward from the center in a spiral.

2. Trace the leaf and acorn patterns under “Materials” onto white paper; cut out. Cut three leaves from moss green felt. Cut one leaf and one acorn nut from gold felt. Cut two leaves and one acorn cap from brown felt.

3. Use a running stitch and oatmeal yarn to stitch an outline approximately 14” from the edge of each felt leaf, acorn cap, and acorn nut. Hot-glue each leaf to burlap, spacing the shapes at least 12” apart; let dry. Cut around each leaf, leaving a 14” burlap border around each shape.

4. Hot-glue the acorn cap to the acorn nut, overlapping the pieces slightly.

5. Draw four 2″-diameter circles onto gold felt, leaving 12” between circles. Referring to how to make a felt rose, make four roses. Vary the tightness of the rolls to make bigger or smaller roses.

6. Hot-glue one rose and two leaves to the letter F. Hot-glue the acorn to the opening in the center of the letter A. Hot-glue one leaf and three roses to one L. Wrap hemp twine three times around the remaining letter L and tie the ends into a bow. Glue remaining three leaves below the bow.

7. Remove the backing from each frame and securely cover with burlap. Insert the backing back into the frame. Hot-glue a letter onto the burlap backing of each frame.

Flower Cork Bulletin Board

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Pull out the stops to use salvaged corks for this floral-theme corkboard that is anything by boring. Form the flowers by strategically positioning stained cork ends faceup. Use a deep frame or shadow box to accommodate the depth of the corks. To stain the corks yellow and orange for the flower centers, brush watered-down acrylic paints onto the cork ends.


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