I've featured on my Christmas trees and in a few blog posts finished felt and fabric hearts or other ornaments that I've made, but now I'll show the process in a couple of blog posts since there are a lot of steps. I start by cutting a pair of felt hearts using a paper pattern I'd previously made. I used to leave the back just plain felt and this will work fine if you choose to do that too. Now though, I've been covering with lace and beads. This is using an old curtain piece to cover the back, and clear glass beads in the lace holes.
On the front I begin to lay out various lace pieces until I find combinations I like then cut and pin them in place.
|Ribbon pieces laid out and pinned|
|Stitching the ribbon onto felt heart|
|Decorative Trim Brand Tulle Flower Ribbon Roll - Hobby Lobby|
|Offray Ribbon with Satin Bows and Rhinestone- JoAnns|
|Single flower cut out. I fold netting under as I stitch flower into place|
|Vintage earring with earring back plate removed and ready to stitch on heart|
I will set the jewels and pieces on, then move them around until I like the design. As I stitched these into place I will add beads, pearls, jewels, etc... on as I go. I've used small pearls, clear glass beads and 3mm gold lined light Jonquil beads from Artbeads.com.
|Stitching flower on and beads|
|These are the gold lined light Jonquil beads|
|Added Jewel to center of Flower|
|First earring added, the on the ribbon I put brass roundels and stitched a pearl in the center to hold the roundel down, I've started adding beads to the openings in the crocheted lace here|
|After adding a ribbon loop to the top I stitched the first of my ribbon bows at the base of the loop. See close up of beading and jewel details here|
|I started adding more beads in the holes in the lace and on the flower pattern of the lace at right along with small pearls|
|Almost done, just need a few more beads in the lace far left under the flower|
In this post I've shown the front and back pieces being stitched. In my next post I'll show the tassel I made, putting the pieces together and stuffing the heart and the final photos.