International Hermit and Stitch Weekend
my stitching assistant


P3200332This is my first try at finishing a flat ornament.  I should start from the beginning!  I found a kit on the floor of the cafe in a bookstore.  It was from the magazine Molly Makes.  I went to find the magazine because I liked the free kit, and the pattern is in the magazine.  I couldn't find it, and then the sales person, said "oh, just keep it".  Well, I tried to stitch the flower from the little picture on the front, so I don't know how successful I was.  Because the piece itself came to me so randomly, I figured that I would use it to do some experimental finishig.  Well, experimental for me who has never done it before!  I used two pieces of foam core.  It was sticky on one side, and made for needlework.  I also used a glue gun to reinforce it.  I covered two pieces of the foam core, and then stuck the two pieces together, wrong side.  Oh! I also put my trim in between to make a hanger.  I have identified a few problems (It looks better from the front):

  1. The piece seems very thick to me.
  2. Because it is so thick, you can see the trim glued in between when you look at it from the side
  3. The corners are very messy.  I cut the corners and I am thinking that maybe I shouldn't do that?  P3200336

Otherwise it wasn't too bad a first attempt, but it will be a while before I do this with a piece I spent a lot of time on.  If anyone has suggestions or remedies, please feel free to post them.  I am going to compile everyone's suggestions into a list for making flat ornaments.  Thank you for your help!

Kindly, ~Jaime



I've never used foam core and don't really know what it is. I'd use a piece of wadding on something like this. Personally I'd take the backing fabric, place right sides together with the stitching, sew all round leaving a turning gap, trim the corners, turn, stuff with the wadding and then slip stitch the gap.
If you want to glue the two pieces together as above, I'd perhaps use thick card as it won't be as bulky and I wouldn't cut the corners, I'd mitre them.

Having said all that, it does look very nice!


Wendy, thank you for the advice. That is definitely the problem- it is too thick. I also used a glue gun which contributed to the problem. I am going to try your idea on the next one I do, and will let you know how it turns out! ~Jaime

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