Creating a home by hand.

Back from an Unintended Blogging Break

I took an unintended blogging break the past two weeks (except for the one scheduled Vintage Embroidery Monday post that appeared earlier this week.)

Two weeks ago today, I had a health scare. Not to worry, I’m fine. And I intend to write about it once I find the words to describe it without either minimizing it on the one hand or over dramatizing it on the other. The experience still feels very surreal.

To be honest, since then, I haven’t felt much like writing blog posts. I’ve taken photos of things I’m working on and jotted down notes about things to write about which I’ll be sharing soon.

To keep myself busy, I have been working on small Christmas gifts that will have to be kept secret for now as the recipients read my blog.

But I can show you these embroidered felt mitten ornaments that I made from one of the kits I bought on my visits to Calico and Quilts closing out sale.

Embroidered Felt Mitten Ornaments

Second set of embroidered felt mitten ornaments

The patterns for the mittens were ironed onto the felt and then embroidered before cutting them out. I’ve never embroidered on felt before so that was a new experience.  I didn’t want to crease the felt so I worked without a hoop which seems to make stitching take quite a bit longer than normal.

However, I do like the way they turned out and have been pinning various embroidered felt projects to try in the future.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find that while I’m allergic to wool, I was able to work on the mitten ornaments without experiencing the usual burning and itching that I would if I was knitting or crocheting with wool. Perhaps the felting process takes out whatever it is in wool that I’m allergic to.

I’ve also prepped these mini wall hangings ready to appliqué around the edges of the ornaments.

Mini Wallhanging prepped and ready to applique

This is another of the kits I purchased at the closing out sale.

The kit didn’t include the fusible web so I purchased some that was recommended by the shop owner. I’d heard of Wonder Under Fusible Web (<-affiliate link) before but never used it.

Let me just say that it’s a good thing the kit provided a bit of extra fabric because my first few tries using the Wonder Under (as described in the instructions that came with the Wonder Under) ended with appliqué pieces with frayed, distorted edges from attempting to peel the paper backing off. I did finally find a solution (google is my friend) and hope to get those photos resized and a post written and scheduled for next week.

In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful weekend filled with Aloha and time spent with those you love most.

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  • wendy
    July 12, 2013 8:29 am

    the mittens are so cute! was it craft felt? That doesn’t actually include any wool so would be safe for you.

    i’m concerned to hear about your health scare, I hope you are OK.

  • kathy h
    July 12, 2013 9:36 am

    The mittens are very cute. I have had some problems with removing the paper from the wonder under also. I like the Heat and Bond lite better. the paper comes off much easier and seems to have the same feel on your finished piece.

  • Karen
    July 12, 2013 9:58 am

    Whew, I guess the crisis is over with your health? Nothing can stop us in our tracks like health issues. I just found out a few things about my body lately, and realized age is catching up with me & appts made. —Mittens so sweet! Glad you can do some enjoyable things & the wool felt did not bother you!

  • Amy, a redeemed sheep
    July 12, 2013 9:05 am

    You do lovely hand stitching.

    I am very glad you are okay. =)

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    July 12, 2013 12:16 pm

    Sorry to hear you had a scare, hope everything is all fine for you now.

    The embroidered mittens are really sweet.

  • Vickie Horsfall
    July 12, 2013 12:54 pm

    I love the mittens! I envy people that can embroider… is not one of my talents. You do beautiful work with a needle and thread.
    So glad you are doing well. Wish you the best.
    Enjoy your creative day!
    ~ Vickie

  • marilyn
    July 12, 2013 8:40 pm

    Beautiful Christmassy stitching. So pleased you are ok.
    Take care.

  • Karen Schulz
    July 14, 2013 4:27 am

    visiting from find a friend friday. Great to see you posting. Love the stitching

  • Sandra
    July 14, 2013 10:41 pm

    Sorry about your scare – never a boring time @ the Super Mom household! Sweet stitcheries 🙂

  • wish2stitch
    July 17, 2013 9:25 am

    Very cute ornaments.

  • CathieJ
    November 16, 2015 9:28 pm

    I love those beautiful mittens.

  • Laura
    November 20, 2015 9:31 am

    Such cute ornaments! Congratulations on getting them finished BEFORE Thanksgiving!

  • Angela Grasse
    November 20, 2015 3:53 pm

    Love the mittens!

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