Today I finished Flower Thread's "Cancel My True Love's Order" ornament from the 2002 JCO issue. It was stitched in 2006.
For this finish, I stood in the wood aisle at Joann's trying to shove a stick that was secured in a plastic bag into a wooden bead in a plastic bag (see photo) so I could determine whether I could make a bell pull from them. The small humiliations I go through for this blog...* It seems ridiculous to order fancy bell pull hardware when this nets me about 12 bell pulls for under $6.
I measured the stick with the stitched ornament and cut it with craft scissors. (Doing this again, I'd give a little wiggle room for the hanger.) Then I glued the beads onto the dowel and spray painted my "hardware." Once it was dry, I backstitched the ornament onto the dowel, using a flower thread that was as close to the linen as I could find. I made twisted cord from three lengths of Kreinik cable and tied it onto the hanger. (My krazy glue is hardened or I'd put a couple drops of glue on the knots.)
In addition to needing hardware for this finish, you need to stitch a finished edge onto the ornament. I used buttonhole, which was called for in the directions. But you could use:
Pinwheel Ponders (creator of the first two pages above) has a few ways of creating what she calls the "bound ornament." Take a look at her ornament finishes because she takes this theme and really runs with it. For example, she uses cord instead of bell pull hardware.
*Of course there are loads of big humiliations, like admitting how long these projects have been sitting around waiting for me to do something with them.