Nov 27, 2011

ribbon tree tutorial

Wow, two posts in one day.  But I was asked how my ribbon trees were made.  So I thought I’d share how I figured it out…

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I cut a piece of ribbon about 19”.  With a fine tip marker made a tiny dot 2” from one end to mark a starting point. 

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From there I made dots along the ribbon spacing them apart at: 2 3/4”, 2 1/2”, 2 1/4”, 2”, 1 3/4”, 1 1/2”, 1 1/4” and 1”.  (The spaces between get smaller by a quarter of an inch). I also gathered some pearl beads and large seed beads.

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I inserted my double threaded needle through the beginning dot, a pearl bead and a seed bead.  Then came back through the pearl bead and ribbon to secure the bottom of the tree.

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I added another bead and went through the next dot again and again…

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Until there were four loops on each side ending with a pearl on top.  I threaded through another seed bead and back through the pearl and ribbon to secure just like at the beginning.

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Finally I went back up through both beads again and tied a knot at about an inch or so to make a hanging loop.

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Clipped the ends of the ribbons to where I liked them and touched them up with Fray Check…


and Voila!…a ribbon tree!

It’s beginning to look a little like Christmas…



062    053 I’m just being busy crafting and doodling around in my sewing room…and singing Christmas songs in my head while I work.

Nov 16, 2011

tis the season for keeping secrets

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I’ve been very busy at my sewing machine…but it’s that time of year when you just can’t post about what you’re up to.

  Isn’t making surprises so much fun?

Nov 1, 2011

I love this time of year


It’s a beautiful Fall day here…

048 Though it is getting colder.  Soon it will be snuggle-under-a-quilt weather. 



Luckily the top is finished to my Jacob’s Ladder quilt and will be quilted in time for cold evenings. 



Oh, and I finished this little red and gray quilt too.  Perfect for my doll cradle. 


Now I’m heading back outside to enjoy some more of this gorgeous day.

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