Monday, February 23, 2015

Snow White

I realize I'm a day late with this post.  I was supposed to have a baby shower Saturday and it got snowed out and postponed until yesterday.  I went from post-shower cleanup straight to pre-Oscar news coverage, so you'll have to forgive my tardiness!

The baby shower was for my friend, Naomi.  Naomi and her husband, Dave, are the recipients of several of my ornaments, including the nurse and ninja that they proudly displayed at their wedding.

They know they're having a girl -- Penny Jean -- and I wanted to give her first ornament as a baby shower gift.  Naomi is a Disney movie fanatic, so it wasn't a difficult decision about what kind of collection to start for the baby.  What WAS difficult, however, was designing the ornament.  Since I can't draw, I'm handicapped and have to rely on adapting other patterns and using photos for inspiration.  I knew I wanted to do Snow White since she's the earliest Disney girl.

I have a computer file of ornament inspiration where I save pictures.  I had several different Snow Whites to look at and I borrowed bits from all of them.  I also checked images of Snow White online to make sure I used the correct colors.  I didn't realize until this ornament that Carolyn DeAngelis typically drew all her characters with long sleeves.  I had to go through several rounds of arms before I finally wound up with something that worked.  They're probably not great, proportionally speaking, but they work.  Here she is:

The arms are completely separate and glued on.  So is the white collar on the back.  I just couldn't figure out a simple way to deal with the sewing construction on those pieces.  The real Snow White has yellow shoes about the same color as the skirt.  That wouldn't have looked good for ornament purposes, so I made them red,  The apple is a little disproportionately large, but I wanted it that way because I kind of wanted it to be a focal point.

If you're on my email list, I'm sending you this pattern today with the blog update.  If you're new to this blog and would like this pattern, email me at:  I'll tell you here that the pattern includes the pieces for the apple, but the completed drawing doesn't show her holding that.  That was outside my drawing capabilities!

This ornament is a little out of order in terms of the the chronology of ones I've completed this year.  That upsets my inherent OCD nature, but it seemed fitting to share this one today since she was given away yesterday.  I will give you a teaser now and tell you that Anna from Frozen is designed and completed and she is fantastic!!!  But you'll have to wait a few weeks to see her.  She's worth the wait!

Happy stitching!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Blonde Babe & Bear

I decided to go with a "one for them/one for us plan this year."  At least at the start, anyway!  I usually get bogged down in the "them" ornaments late in the year because I wind up putting some off.  I'm facing both another graduate AND another basketball player ornament this year and I can guarantee I'll procrastinate on those since I've done them both several times and they're both a little tedious.

My first "them" ornament is for my friend Rachel's son.  We've been watching him and his sisters on Thursday nights while their parents take a class at church.  Reid is never too sure as to whether he's happy to be here or not.  On week two, Scott sneezed and Reid cried for about 15 minutes.  He's got a great pout, too.  He looks pouty even when he's not trying.

Since I'm also trying to make some patterns I haven't made before, I decided on the Blonde Babe & Bear.  This one really went together pretty quickly.  Even the little bear was simple.  I tried the new method for the head and it worked like a charm.  I stitched around most of the body front to back, leaving an opening for stuffing.  Then I stuck the unstuffed body between the two head layers and stitched them together.  See how nice and defined the head is?  No more weird unwanted neck thing happening!

This would be a very easy ornament to convert to a girl.  If I were going to do that, I'd dig out my Herald Angel pattern and steal her hair:

And you'll see how I did exactly that on the ornament I made for the next post.  I hope you're all busy stitching and have your 2015 ornaments well underway!