Friday, March 06, 2015

Finish: Mounted Flat Ornament

When I was at my LNS, The Strawberry Sampler recently, I saw these:

What cute finishing I thought! (And then whipped out my phone, right?) Pretty easy, just a regular flat ornament but instead of mounting it on a like-sized backing, you make the backing oversized. This also means that you have to make a back for the backing. Then when I was poking around Vonna's finishing site, I found instructions to make these! Vonna's great directions here.

See what a difference a little trim makes? Use pom poms and a (Lizzie*Kate?) and it's whimsical; use cording and a Prairie Moon and it's traditional; use Little House and some twine and it's country. How versatile!

Compare mine to the red and green ones above. I will give you a piece of advice my mother always gave me, until you feel confident with the technique, use a fabric with an all-over pattern. Because working with patterns with straight lines (like I've done) complicates things. Whether you're sewing or gluing (though the latter is a bit easier). (It is straighter than it looks here. I think it's the photography.)

You can see that the cording I used has a little metallic glint to it. The homespun I used for the backing also has metallic shot through the burgundy stripes. (You can't have too much glitz at Christmas.)

15 comments:

Michele said...

love the plaid!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

These are cute. Vonna does great tutorials too.

Annie said...

Good job! I always stay away from those stripes and plaids. But they look so nice, it's hard to resist!

Beth said...

I like it! I like it. I think the plaid is fab!

Linda said...

Another adorable finish Nikki. I can send you some of mine to finish if you run out.

Linda

Pamela said...

Nice finish! I've seen these finishes, but haven't tried to do it yet.

Mouse said...

sound advice and coooo catching up on you, you have been busy ....love mouse xxxxx

Justine said...

Love your cute finishes and thanks for the top about fabric, great advice for a beginner like me!

KimM said...

My goodness. Another creative finish! You're a Finishing Machine!!!!!!
xxx

Thoeria said...

Gorgeous! And you're so right about how the different trims complete a look. You're giving me great ideas! I have pompon stuff here somewhere....
I'm going to have to have a finishing month sometime! I think it's great that you're getting these fantastic pieces done :)

Nina said...

Loving your finishes! You go girl!

Stitchinowl said...

Magnificent! Now I want to dig out that old JCS issue and stitch the Prairie Moon pattern.
Carolyn

Margaret said...

Beautiful finishing! You are amazing with that plaid fabric. As you said, working with such fabric is a challenge to say the least. Great job!

Frances N said...

I love this finishing! What a cute and new (new to me!) way to do things! Yours looks great!
Thank you for sharing!

Marexstitch said...

I am loving you finishing frenzy and hope some of it rubs off on me! Great ornies and nice job of finishing!