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PaperLathe Christmas Ornament

Have you ever considered making passementerie Christmas ornaments? From traditional satin-wrapped baubles to something a bit more modern, here's a few ideas to get those creative juices flowing.

You'll need to have the Paperlathe system to create the shapes - the decorative techniques can be found on my dvd's and will be listed with each project. Some of you may have watched the Create and Craft show where I had a small display of Christmas ornaments. I also made one during the show, but I know that many of you wanted details of how to make the ornaments, so I've decided to add that here.

Please remember that you do need the Paperlathe system in order to create the shapes here. Each ornament uses other passementerie techniques as well, so if you don't know these techniques I will include which dvd you can find the information.

You'll also need other materials - threads, glue, scissors, needles, embossing powder and heat gun, glaze, etc.

PaperLathe Silver BellSilver Bell

Additional items:

  • gimp thread
  • fine thread
  • strong thread
  • Silver embossing powder and clear embossing ink
  • jingle bell

Using the Paperlathe, print out pattern number 123 (Use the grey line version). Cut the pieces, then roll and glue around the semi-circle rolling tool. Roll the last piece with the unprinted side upwards, so that the number does not show on the final shape. Leave to dry thoroughly.

When dry, use the pigment ink and embossing powder to add a silver sheen to the bell.

When cool, use clear drying glue and roll gimp thread around the large flat surface of the bell.

Make a 3 element cord using 2 loops of gimp thread and 10 ends of of the fine thread. Fold this in half, and knot the ends together to create a loop. Using the strong thread, sew your chosen jingle bell to this loop securely. Use threading wire to thread the cord up into the shape. Put some clear drying glue onto the cord knot before taking that up into the mould - this will help to ensure that the cord does not slip off.

Try using other metallic embossing powders for different effects.

PaperLathe BaubleRed & gold bauble

Additional items:

  • metallic thread
  • parchment strips or soutache braid
  • fine silk & metallic threads for the cord
  • strong thread
  • Ultra thick embossing powder and clear embossing ink

Using the Paperlathe, print out pattern 110, using the grey line version. Then, overprint with your chosen background design - I used the "Christmas Grunge" design on page one of the standard backgrounds - if browsing the folder on the cd, choose "PaperlathebgChristmasGrunge01.pdf". Of course, you can choose any one that you wish! Cut the pieces, then roll and glue around the 6mm rod according to the instructions when rolling printed strips. Remember to trim off any printer margin area from the bottom of the paper before cutting the strips.

When complete, leave to dry thoroughly, then ink and emboss the bauble at least twice. You will probably need to emboss this in two halves, and don't worry about the 'stem' as that will be covered.

PaperLathe Bauble rosetteMake two parchment rosettes - one with slightly larger loops than the other. I have used a stiff, military gold thread soutache instead of wrapped parchment as this will also fold over to create the petals - and the larger rosette as been made with a total of 6 loops. Other than that, they have both been made in the same way as shown on the Making Tassels Vol. 2 dvd.

Make a monk's cord use 10 ends of fine silk and 6 ends of gold metallic thread. Fold this in half and knot the end to create a loop. Ensure that the knot is tight, and trim the ends close.

When the tassel mould is completely embossed and cool, use the binding technique to wrap gold thread around the neck section. There should be no need to add glue here. Stitch the smaller of the rosettes to the smooth loop of the monk's cord (not the knotted end). Take the needle through the tassel mould and then sew the larger rosette tightly to the bottom. This take a bit of practice to get both the lay snugly - take the needle back and forth through the mould a few times to help to secure everything. Ensure that you knot the sewing thread tightly.

Note: You can buy a medium for the ultra thick embossing powder to stop cracking - I have not used it, but would recommend trying it if you are able to.

PaperLathe Tree OrnamentChristmas Tree

Additional items:

  • silver metallic thread (I have used an antique silver thread)
  • sequins or spangles
  • metal rings to create star buttons
  • Silver embossing powder and clear embossing ink

Using the Paperlathe, print out pattern 106, using the grey line version. Then, overprint with your chosen background design - I used the "Graduated 7" design on page three of the standard backgrounds - if browsing the folder on the cd, choose "PaperlathebgGraduated07.pdf". Of course, you can choose any one that you wish! Cut the pieces, then roll and glue around the 6mm rod according to the instructions when rolling printed strips. Remember to trim off any printer margin area from the bottom of the paper before cutting the strips.

When complete, leave to dry thoroughly, then ink and emboss the bauble at least twice. Don't worry about the 'stem' as that will be covered. I actually decided to emboss the rim of the tree using a solid metallic powder to block some of the pattern - you might choose to use a coloured ink or to paint this so that it looks more like a 'pot'.

When cool, use the binding technique to bind the 'stem' with the silver metallic thread. Glue spangles or sequins randomly on the tree.

Make a monk's cord from the silver thread. Use at least 6 ends for each element. Fold this in half to create a loop and knot the ends together tightly. Trim close to the knot. Use threading wire to thread the cord through the tree, and put a little bit of glue onto the knot to hold it in place.

Make two Star shirtlace buttons over brass rings using the metallic thread. Metallic thread can be difficult to work with - remember to use beeswax on the ring first to help to stop the thread from slipping when you begin. Sew these back to back either side of the cord, at the top of the tree. Use the metal thread to join the two and the stitches won't be noticed. These buttons will also help to ensure that the tree stays on the cord.

PaperLathe BaubleBauble

I worked this bauble live - it is really the most basic and you can let your imagination run riot with regards to decorating.

Additional items:

  • Fine thread (I used a 60/2 spun silk)
  • very fine monk's cord or braid
  • strong thread

Using the Paperlathe, print out pattern 110. Cut the pieces, then roll and glue around the 10mm rod, HOWEVER begin the rolling with strip number 2 and do not worry about strip 22 and the remaining small strips.

When thoroughly dry, satin wrap the mould using your chosen fine thread, and then proceed to barré, using your chosen fine cord or braid.

Make a larger monk's cord, I used one which was fairly long so that I could fold it in half twice to create a double loop before knotting the ends tightly. Trim the knot to create a tiny tassel, and then use threading wire to thread the cord through the mould.

Hopefully these will give you ideas to get started!

Products used:

 

The Paperlathe
Making Tassels Vols 1
Making Tassels Vol 2
Making Braids & Cords
Making More Buttons


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Gina-B Silkworks designs and produces a variety of craft kits, books, DVDs and other items with an emphasis on handwork & passementerie (textile trimmings). We also stock a range of tools & materials for these crafts. Gina also makes bespoke items to commission.
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