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Holiday Time Ornaments

It’s never too soon to get a jump on the holidays--for yourself or for those on your gift list. This year, consider a quartet of easy ornaments that combine embroidery and embellishing. Stitch up the season! Fabrics are from the Splash and the Moving and Shaking collections by Blank Quilting.

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Candle Ornament Assembly

For stitch instructions, see printable PDF above.

1. Tape Candle Ornament Embroidery Pattern from printable PDF onto a light box or sunny window. Center light green print B circle atop pattern and trace with pencil or water- or heat-soluble marking pen. TIP: Don’t trace small details such as French knots or Xs. They can be added freehand later by looking at the pattern.

2. Hoop marked B circle according to Basic Assembly, Step 1. Add batting A circle according to Basic Assembly, Step 3.

3. Using two strands of red floss or one length of 12-weight thread, make French knot berries and flame accents, straight-stitch evergreen needles, make cross-stitches, and backstitch remaining drawn lines to make ornament top.

4. Remove ornament top from hoop, paint outer hoop white, and let dry. Re-hoop, being sure screw is centered at top of ornament. Complete ornament according to Basic Assembly, steps 6–9. Tie ribbon and yarn scraps to screw mechanism.