A Little Christmas in July Tree Ornament

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Weaving both sides of a small cardboard loom = weaving two cool holiday tree ornaments at the same time.

These trees measure about 4 1/2" and are not only great ornaments, but would be beautiful tied onto a package. Hang several in a window or create a garland. Make big ones and little ones and mix them up in a display. My crafty online family is a brilliant lot, so I know there are lots of cool ways these will be used.

You don't need anything more than some bits of scrap yarn and cardboard and glue! A tapestry needle is helpful but not necessary. If you have any scrap yarn stash at all, these little woven tree ornaments cost nothing!

Since the trees are so small, weaving the fabric really doesn't take much time at all. They are easy for kids to complete in an afternoon.

Tip: For the next few months, carry the loom, tapestry needle and scrap yarn in a little bag so that you can make good use of "waiting" time. Before you know it, you will have bunches of trees for holiday celebrating.

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Of course, if you prefer, you can weave just one side of your loom!

In either case, make your loom large enough so that you can cut two trees from the finished fabric. The cardboard loom I used for this tree is 8"x8".

Instructions for loom preparation and weaving can be found here. And a little about weaving both sides of the loom at the same time can be found here.

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 When I selected the yarns for weaving, I had a little different combination of blues and greens - mostly greens - in my mind. But - Saori weaving is often full of surprises if you allow your muse to have her way!

P1110449 I did alter my tree pattern a bit. While weaving, I decided the squared top would be a better choice.

Cut two patterns out of paper and one from cardboard. Any kind of cardboard from cereal boxes to shipping boxes will work. What ever you have on hand.

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Place your paper patterns on the weaving as shown leaving about 1" between pattern pieces. The weaving design will be a little different on each side but placing your paper patterns this way will maximize the use of your fabric.

Using a rotary cutter or sharp scissors, cut between the two pattern pieces.  Make sure there is about 1/2" of fabric extending beyond each edge of the tree patterns as shown.

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Brush a fairly heavy coat of Mod Podge on one side of the cardboard tree  and place the tree, glue side toward the fabric, on one half of your weaving.

Brush the remaining side with more Mod Podge and place the other side of your weaving on top.

I used regular Mod Podge, but Fabric Mod Podge would also work. And so would Elmers white glue or some of Aleene's glues designed for fabrics.

It is probably not necessary, but I placed my trees between sheets of waxed paper and pressed them under a book for the first hour or so of drying time. Then I removed the book and paper and let them dry overnight.

While the trees are drying, make pom poms.

Tip: When you tie your bundle of yarn, be sure to tie using a yarn about 10" long. Fold the yarn in half so that you have a loop at one end and two long tails at the other.  Tie your pom pom yarns tightly together using the folded yarn. Once the trees are trimmed and completely dry simply thread one long tail through a needle and pull the needle and thread through the tree, about 1/2" from the top. Use the other tail, to tie a knot to hold the pom pom in place. The loop becomes your hanger!

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Caution! When you are cutting the excess yarn away from the edges of your trees, try not to cut too close to the cardboard.

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THIS is more what I had in mind! A nice fluffy edge that hides the cardboard and gives the little tree a bit of dimension.

A straight edge and rotary cutter work great for this step.

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So I really messed this one up didn't I? I am hanging it anyway - just to remind myself not to get in a hurry and to pay attention! If I turn the "unfluffy" side toward the center of the tree - who is to know anyway?

I love the way the warp yarns look hanging from the base so I am leaving  them that way. But you might prefer to trim them.

And now, if you are so inclined, you or your kids can decorate! Use buttons, sequins - if you use light weight cardboard for the form, you can even sew on beads! I am thinking some of those glitter glues might add a bit of sparkle!

And I just bet you guys have a million more ideas for decorating! Won't you share them in comments?

I finished my first cardboard

I finished my first cardboard loom weaving earlier this week. It was going to be a coaster but I made the loom just a little bit too small. I showed it to my nephew first (it was his mother's yarn as you know). He fell in love with it. I had not trimmed my knots yet and there was one long piece of yarn left. He said it looked like a fuzzy creature of some kind, then proceeded to create a Russian name and complete life story for it! He asked if I could put some wiggly eyes on it for him. Of course! I love this kid and his imagination. I'll send you a picture the name Billy gave the little guy when I finish it.
Susan

These are adorable! You are

These are adorable! You are so clever!

These are super cute!

These are super cute!

coo'ee Pam and thank you for

coo'ee Pam and thank you for your visit! Drop me a line if you do stitch Tom- woulld love to see!
As for your weaving-glorious...I'm definately going have a go- tried once years ago but results werent anywhere near as lovely as yours! :)
xx

PAM, THESE ARE JUST THE

PAM, THESE ARE JUST THE BEST!
I have wanted to try my hand at weaving the small coasters, etc., but I am going to do these instead.
They will make cute Christmas gifts to give to my family and friends.....who are all readers....and will enjoy
using them as bookmarks! Also, since I sell my books online after reading them, I will include one in each of those I sell - a nice way of saying "Thanks for buying my book"!!!!

Pam, these are so cute. I

Pam, these are so cute. I love this idea - it would be perfect to make with my students. I think I'll put the word out that I'm looking for yarn scraps, and make them this December. You always have the best ideas!

It's been a loooong day, but

It's been a loooong day, but *POOF* instant happy-feeling when I saw this post.
: )

I continue to love all the

I continue to love all the ways you are applying your weavings! These little ornaments are simply adorable!!

What a lovely idea, so cute.

What a lovely idea, so cute. I've been looking at the previous saori weaving you've been posting and thinking I must have a go and not quite got there, but this project is definitely one I think I could try!

I am glad you shared your oops moment, it may help some of the rest of us to avoid making the same mistake and to see us dabblers don't have to be perfect :)

Perfect?!  What is perfect? 

Perfect?!  What is perfect?  Certainly not this dabbler!  I have learned to live with imperfection - happily ever after!

You are so clever Pam and

You are so clever Pam and have all kinds of clever friends.

I DO don't I - Have lots of

I DO don't I - Have lots of clever firends!  I can't begin to tell you haw lucky I feel.

So cute- I never thought to

So cute- I never thought to cut the weaving into a shape. Hmm... I'm wonder if the edges were sewn together (to make a pocket or a bag-like structure) instead of gluing the surface if you could make stockings this way!!!

Leave it to you Meg to come

Leave it to you Meg to come up with another brilliant idea for using these Saori weavings! I love this suggestion - Christmas stockings!!  I am thinking a lining would be a good idea if the stocking is to be used for "stuffing"!  Small tree ornaments would be adorable!

You, my friend, are a crafty temptress - always coming up with more crafty genius!

That's the spirit, Pam, hang

That's the spirit, Pam, hang it anyway! That was a lot of work NOT to hang it, that's for sure, and it turned out quite good enough!

Thanks Dorothy! I nearly

Thanks Dorothy! I nearly cried when I realized I had become distracted and forgot to move the straight edge before cutting. 

But, the picture of the "craft fail" does speak louder than any words about the necessity of paying attention at this step!! :-)

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