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A Little Christmas in July Tree Ornament
Submitted by Pam on Tue, 07/19/2011 - 03:58
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.
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".
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!
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.
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.
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!
Caution! When you are cutting the excess yarn away from the edges of your trees, try not to cut too close to the cardboard.
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.
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?