Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holiday Tutorial: Let it Snow!

To make this cheer-inducing winter scene, you will need:

1. 1 9-inch wooden embroidery hoop
2. a piece of cotton or linen about 12" square
3. wool felt (or craft felt) in white, pink, brown, red, yellow, green, and turquoise (or the colors of your choice)
4. coordinating thread colors
5. embroidery floss in brown and turquoise
6. sharp scissors
7. pinking sheers
8. glue
9. a few straight pins

Stretch your background fabric (I've used this polka-dotted robin's egg blue cotton for a clever snow effect, but you can use whatever you like!) on your hoop, tightening and pulling gently until you achieve a nice, tight, drum-like effect.
Print and cut the templates and pin to appropriate felt colors (or trace around the template for teensy bits). Cut all your pieces, and arrange tree, house, roof, and snow bank without pinning in order to determine the appropriate position for tree and house.
Pin the tree and the house, and attach with a small, neat running stitch.
Pin the snow bank in place, overlapping the bottom of the tree and the house, and attach with a small, neat running stitch.
Attach the roof top with a running stitch. Use a small whipstitch to attach the rooftop snow at the top left corner.
Attach the window in the center of the house with a whipstitch. Position the wreath base at the bottom of the roof, slightly overlapping the house, and attach with a small whipstitch at the outer edge only.
Using two small stitches for each, attach the leaves to the wreath base, lining up the inner edge of each leaf with the inner edge of the base. You can tuck each successive leaf between the wreath-base edge and the previous leaf's edge.

Attach the tree snow to the left branch of the tree with a small whipstitch.
Position all three pieces of the snowman's body to the left of the tree, getting them just how you like them. Pin and attach each segment with a running stitch. (I also attached each segment to the other with a couple of whipstitches, to ensure a tight connection.)
Insert the side piece of the scarf into the space between the snowman's head and his middle, and attach with a few stitches. Then position the neck piece and attach with a running stitch all around the edge.
Attach the eyes and buttons with a small "x" of black thread in the middle of each. (Though I've used felt, tiny black buttons would work very nicely here, too!)
Using brown embroidery floss (all strands), make arms with two side-by-side rows of backstitches. The position of the arms is totally up to you!
At the end of each arm, attach a mitten, using a running stitch.
Use a sharp pencil to mark "let it snow" (or any winter greeting you like) on the banner, and trace the letters with a small, neat backstitch in turquoise floss (two or three strands).
Use a running stitch to attach the banner to the snow bank.
Use a doubled strand of black thread or floss and a backstitch to outline the window and create a t-shaped crosspiece inside the window.
The hard part is over! Now to neaten the back, trim away some of the excess fabric, and run a bead of glue (almost any kind you have will do) around the inner hoop. Now fold the fabric down all the way around the hoop, pressing with your thumbs and fingers until the glue takes hold of the fabric. Let the glue dry, and trim around the hoop, using your pinking shears, until you end up with a neat, close edge. (I haven't photographed this step, but you can see it in the "Pink House" tutorial if you want to.)Tah Dah! Let this little man welcome your holiday guests this year!

40 comments:

Jen G. said...

Thanks so much for the Let it Snow pattern and instructions! I now have an afternoon project to keep me busy!

Have a great Thanksgiving!

{eleise} said...

So cute! Thanks for sharing it!

I wish I had some time to get one done for myself before Christmas! =)

Shalae said...

This is AWESOME. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us and give us the chance to make something.:) I've been wanting to try this technique and now I have an excuse. :)

sweet limes said...

This is too adorable and I must hunker down and make it for myself. You are a gem for sharing your talent and insight with us.

emmalina73 said...

Fabulous! This is just what I need to get in the festive mood, thanks so much for this great tutorial : )

dottycookie said...

Ah, so cute!

Amber Liddle said...

These are so cute!! I love the idea of a simple hoop as a frame.

Gin said...

thank you!!!!!!!!

Stephanie B said...

So cute!! Thanks for putting that together.

Michele said...

I always love your projects! This one is no exception! Thanks for the great tute!

rohanknitter said...

Thanks so much for this, it is ADORABLE!!!!! And not that I don't love the free, but I would totally pay for a pattern/template like this if you plan to do more......

Vixanne said...

Love this! Thanks for sharing (now I just need a spare few minutes to have a go!)

Vicky

danipoppins said...

lovelovelovelove...LOVE this! must go order wool felt now.

Corinne said...

just darling, as usual. :)

Amy said...

Positively adorable! Thank you!!

Allison said...

This is so lovely!

heather jane said...

This is so cute. I'm glad Craft published so I could find you! I love felt so very much. Isn't it just the best?!

Angela said...

Super cute! Thanks for sharing

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Amanda said...

Hi Melissa,
Thankyou for sharing this lovely project with us! I've finally got my own blog so please do pop over to say hello. You were a huge inspiration!
Love, Amanda x

sassypackrat said...

Oh how fun! I've been wanting to make one of these to see if I could and this would make a perfect holiday gift for my mom. Thanks so much for sharing this lovely tutorial!

SandyQuilts said...

Thank you ... you are too generous. I am thrilled.

kate said...

any chance of getting a link to the "pink house" tutorial? i would love to SEE how you do the back of the hoops. i have yet to find a good method, but i'm a newbie. thanks! (i tried doing a search on your blog, but couldn't find it.)

cheers!

Melissa Crowe said...

Hi, Kate--it's on the right side of the blog if you scroll down a little.

Patty said...

Even though it's nearly 4 am, I'm in the mood to play with some felt so guess what I'm going to make. I made your Pink House into a pillow so I may do the same with this one. Thanks so much for sharing the pattern & tutorial!

Sónia said...

I’ve just adored this post. The result is great. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

fibercontent said...

Thanks--I am always inspired by your work. Where do you buy your felt? I bought a lot a few years ago, but am almost out.

Thanks!

Melissa Crowe said...

If you want 100% wool felt, I'd go either Magic Cabin or A Child's Dream Come True, and both are online.

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kate said...

i don't mean to be lame, i swear! but i don't see it. i see you blogroll and your archives by month--is it there somewhere? under which month?

Melissa Crowe said...

No problem, Kate--it's just above the blog roll, actually. The photo of the felty circles and hoop is the link, but here it is anyway--

http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=920

kate said...

OMG. how insane could i be? it's right there!
thanks so much! i love your work. it's totally inspiring.

Bethany said...

Oh so cute!! I LOVE the little wreath! Thanks for the pattern! Just lovely.

tara said...

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Mama Mel said...

What a cute project! Thanks for posting how to do it and for such a great blog (I'm a newcomer but just love what you are doing). You are very talented and your story of leaving the academic world to craft full time is so inspirational. Best of luck!

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

hi there, thanks for the recommendations on where to buy.. but could you tell me which particular wool felt i would be looking at? there is premium? holland?
also if you could only purchase one.. which color lot would you choose?

Melissa Crowe said...

Hi, Nadia--good questions! I usually purchase the "Holland" wool felt from A Child's Dream Come True. That's a 100% wool felt that's a great weight for applique. In terms of colors, that's tough! I think it depends on what you want to make--I think I'd have to spring for a few colors, at least, depending on the project, and just get the smallest available sheets. I think the 8X11ish pieces are only a few dollars. Let me know if you have any other questions!

tina said...

Bom dia!!
Amei seu trabalho, lindo, lindo!!

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