|Lace and ribbon scraps|
For this swap, I emphasized a Christmas theme by using a poinsettia background print. You could create a snowy winter theme, by using ice blue and silver background fabrics.
|Lay diagonally onto fusible side of stabilizer|
First, I began by cutting a 6" wide by 24" long piece of single-sided stabilizer. With the fusible glue facing upward, I laid random strips of ribbon at a 45 degree angle. I pressed the ribbons into place in groups of three to four.
Be careful not to touch the stabilizer with your hot iron!
|Here's your chance to play with |
decorative machine stitches
I used a variety of decorative machine stitches and some variegated colored thread. Metallic threads would also make pretty connecting stitches.
|A mitten template can be moved around|
|Layer trims if needed|
Then I layered some lace trims over a few of the wider ribbons.
|Base postcards before mittens are attached|
Next, I prepared four base postcards on more stabilizer. This is where I used the pretty Poinsettia fabric from my stash as a background.
Finally, I centered the firm mitten shapes onto the bases. I simply held them in place as I stitched the perimeter with a wide decorative stitch that would swing on and off the mitten.
You might like the link below to a previous blog article