Braiding – First Attempt!

I’ve just finished the second ornament from the Dimensions ‘Beaded Elegance’ kit, and I was looking for a slightly more professional looking finish than my last one (the Snowman, here). While hunting the internet for inspiration, I found Pinwheel Ponders, a blog almost entirely dedicated to a huge variety of cross stitched Christmas ornaments in dozens of shapes and finishes, with incredibly detailed instructions and helpful pictures for every step.

I followed  Ms. Pinwheel’s instructions to the letter, and was really pleased with how much better this ornament looks than my last one!

Finished Christmas Tree- front

Finished Christmas Tree (2)

Look at those sharp corners! Ms. Pinwheel’s instructions truly are foolproof if even someone as inexperienced as I managed to achieve these results! I even had a go at making my own braid to go around the edge and hide the seam, which was a bit of a trial-and-error sort of affair in terms of making enough braid to go all around. I tried triple, then quadruple the necessary length and still came up a little short. Unfortunately, by my third try I had run out of thread so I had to make do with what was left, and do my best to hide the joins with the big white ribbon loop.

Overall, I’m really proud of myself and I know what to improve for next time – there are four more ornaments to go and by the last one, I hope to be an expert! Many thanks to Ms. Pinwheel and her wonderful blog too!

Now, for a change, I’m going back to work on my Pokemon project for a bit – I’m really in the mood to get stuck back into something big and challenging for a while.

Happy stitching everyone!

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10 thoughts on “Braiding – First Attempt!

  1. Beautiful finish! Pinwheel Ponders helped me with my latest finish too 🙂 Such great tutorials! I had trouble getting my cording length right too. Would love to know if and when you figure it out 🙂

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    • Your lovely pony-corn ornament was my main inspiration for wanting to try a little harder with my own finish, it’s really given me something to aspire to! One day I hope to be as neat and professional with my work as you and Ms. Pinwheel are with yours 😀

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      • (Blush Blush) I am nowhere close to being a professional. But I am glad that in a small way it pushed you to come up with this beauty! 🙂

        P.S. Pony-corn! 😀 😀 I love the term! 🙂

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