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Seasonal Stitches

Increase your hand-embroidery know-how as you embellish holiday motifs on a set of stuffed wool ornaments. 

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Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" above for pattern pieces. 
To felt your own wool, machine-wash it in a hot-water-wash, cool-rinse cycle with a small amount of detergent. Machine-dry it on high heat and steam-press.
To use freezer paper or interfacing to prepare appliqué pieces, complete following steps.

1. Lay freezer paper, shiny side down, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace each pattern (except Pattern A) the number of times indicated in cutting instructions. Trace Pattern A onto fusible lightweight sheer interfacing (the bird is already reversed for this appliqué method). Cut out each freezer-paper and interfacing shape on drawn lines.

2. For wool appliqués: Using a hot dry iron, press each freezer-paper shape, shiny side down, onto right side of designated wool; let cool. Cut out wool shapes on drawn lines. Peel off freezer paper.

3. For velvet appliqués: Using a hot dry iron, press interfacing A bird shape onto wrong side of red velvet. Press freezer-paper F circle onto wrong side of cream velvet. (If desired, place velvet facedown on a towel to prevent the nap from getting crushed.) Cut out velvet shapes, adding a 1⁄4" seam allowance beyond drawn lines. Do not remove freezer paper from cream velvet circle yet.

From red velvet, cut:
1 of Pattern A

From assorted green wools, cut:
8 of Oval Pattern

From red wool, cut:
1 of Pattern B

From yellow-green wool, cut:
1 each of patterns C and M

From cream wool, cut:
1 of Pattern E
17 of Pattern D

From cream velvet, cut:
1 of Pattern F

From light blue wool, cut:
6 of Pattern P
27 of Pattern G (or use 1⁄4" hole punch to punch twenty-seven 1⁄4" wool circles)

From dark coral wool, cut:
1 of Pattern H

From orange wool, cut:
1 each of patterns I, J, K, L, and N

From dark orange wool, cut:
1 of Pattern O

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