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Woven Spider Wheel Stitch


The Woven Spider Wheel Stitch is a versatile stitch that I use often. It makes a circular, raised stitch appropriate for flowers, apples, polka dots, etc. It winds up being raised, giving it a wonderful 3-D effect. Obviously, I love this stitch, and although it might seem difficult, with a couple of tricks, you'll be creating perfect Woven Spider Wheel Stitches in no time... and having a blast doing it!

When embroidering on felt, I use 6 strands of floss. It you are embroidering the stitch on a lighter weight fabric, reduce the number of strands.

1. Draw a circle on your fabric, using a disappearing marker. I bought this wonderful circle gauge in the drafting/drawing section of our local craft store. It is worth every penny I paid. I use it for many projects. I drew my circle 5/16".

2. Evenly space 5 spokes. NOTE: If you are making a larger circle, increase the number of spokes you have, but always maintain an odd number of spokes.

3. Bring your needle up through the center of the wheel. Being weaving with an under 1 spike, over another. Continue going around the circle making sure you keep the thread taut but not tight enough to pucker your work. HINT: Instead of using the needle point to lead your weave, turn the needle backwards and use the eye. The eye is not sharp and will slip over the fabric and thread without catching.

4. When you can no longer see the spokes, you are done weaving. (In the circle pictured, I went UNDER the spokes 26 times.)

5. Poke the needle under the circle to the back of the fabric and tie off.

6. You now have a round, nicely raised Woven Spider Wheel Stitch! Easy, right?

I've used the stitch for apples...

And flowers...

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave you scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

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Mini Pumpkin Patch


We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. I'm not sure how ours could have been any better! But with the very last hurrah of summer over, we are ready to roll up our sleeves, and seriously ponder autumn! And what could be more autumn than pumpkins? I crafted these little guys to go in our gnomes' pumpkin patch, but they could just as easily go in a dollhouse, or be tucked here and there around your house.

These little cuties can be made out of calico or felt. I've shown the completed pumpkins in both materials. The wool felt pumpkins will be slightly larger since you do not need to turn under a seam, but for the most realistic pumpkin patch, you'll want a variety of colors and fabrics. These range in size from 1 1/2" - 2" but you can enlarge the pattern and put them together in the same way. The technique is easy and suitable for a beginner crafter. So, if you'd like your own Mini Pumpkin Patch you can find it HERE or in our FREE Open Patterns. Enjoy! 

Mini Pumpkins


To create one teeny tiny pumpkin, or a whole patch, follow these simple instructions. The pumpkins can be made out of cotton calico or wool felt. The calico pumpkins will be slightly smaller. If making a whole patch, mix and match autumn colors to give a "natural" look.

Materials:
Scraps of cotton calico and wool felt
Embroidery floss
Stuffing
Pattern

1] Make 1 copy pattern.

2] Cut out 1 circle for each pumpkin. You can use a cotton calico or wool felt. Cut out 2 – 3 leaves out of wool felt for each pumpkin.

If using calico:
3] Turn under 1/4" hem to the wrong side of the fabric. Sew a running stitch around circle using 3 strands of floss. Do not cut thread.

If using felt:
3] Sew a running stitch around edge of circle. Do not cut thread.

For calico and felt:
4] Begin gathering the running stitch until you create a pouch.

5] Fill with stuffing and finish gathering the running stitch and tie off. The needle will be secured at the center top of the pumpkin.

6] With the thread still attached at the top, poke the needle through the center bottom of the pumpkin, going through the pumpkin, and bringing your needle out of the pumpkin at the center top.

7] Pull firmly on the thread creating a ridge along the thread line. While the thread is pulled taut, tie off the thread. Do not cut. You will now have a pumpkin ridge.

8] Continue in the same fashion, coming up from the center bottom and out through the center top, pulling the thread taut, and tying off at the top. Create a total of 6 evenly spaced ridges. After the final ridge is tied off, cut thread.

9] Cut out 2 or 3 leaves for each pumpkin. Using 2 strands of floss that match the leaf, tack one leaf at a time to the top of the pumpkin. If using different colored leaves, use thread that matches each leaf color. Arrange in a natural looking manner.

10] To make the stem, finger stitch or crochet a chain 1/2" long using 6 strands of embroidery floss. Tie off the end of the chain but leave a long tail. Clip the thread at the top of the chain so only about 1/8" remains.

11] Thread the 6 strands of floss into a needle, position the stem where you want it on top of the pumpkin, and poke the needle through the pumpkin and out through the center bottom. Make a small stitch and poke the needle back up to the top, pulling it out under one of the leaves. Tie off the thread.

Now... make a whole patch full and set them outside your gnome or doll house!

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave you scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

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Calico Flower

 

If you're not into flowers, I'm sure it seems like we've really been belaboring this whole "Rolled Flower" thing. We had our Rolled Calico Flower and our Rolled Felt Flower and now... our Calico Flower. We created this last tutorial because of a request made by Sally.

My daughter and her fiance are getting married this fall. This is the 2nd marriage for both of them although they are both in their 20s. She did not have a wedding her first go around, but he did. They've themed their wedding "Second time around". Everything has to be used. The bridesmaids are to have casual dresses and need to shop at 2nd hand shops. Even my daughter is insisting on a used dress and very casual. She doesn't want flowers but agreed to a, you guessed it, used bouquet. I've been looking around for a bouquet, but can't find anything that I can see my little girl carrying. Do you think if I could convince her to let me make some calico flowers, there would be a way to stick them on stems? Sorry this post is so long, but I really do want to make the day extra special for her.

Actually, I think this is an incredible idea. My response... of course we can stick them on a stem, and threw out this idea. In keeping with the whole "2nd time around" theme, why not get a used article of clothing from all the important people in the wedding, and craft the flowers from salvaged material. Her daughter loved the idea. I'm hoping we will eventually get to see the completed bouquet! So, here is the last variation of the Rolled Flower... I promise. I'm thinking of making a whole fall bouquet out of them. The patter for the Calico Flower can be found HERE or in our FREE Open Patterns. Enjoy!

Calico Flower

 

Materials:

4" x 28" piece of calico for the flower
3/4" x 40" piece of calico for stem, ripped
2 copies of pattern
bead with large hole
4 12" long pipe cleaners

Follow the directions for the Rolled Calico Flower through step 7. Disregard all directions for the leaves unless you wish to add some to your stem. At this point your flower should be gathered and 9" long. Proceed as follows:

1] Thread about 2" of the 4 pipe cleaners through the bead. Bend and twist the pipe cleaners around the bead to hold in place.

2] Slightly twist the rest of the length of the pipe cleaners together.

3] In the same manner as the Rolled Flower, begin rolling the flower around the bead, tacking it with matching thread every 1/2". Continue until the flower piece is completely wrapped around the bead. Secure thread.

4] Rip a 3/4" green calico fabric strip.

5]  Cut the pipe cleaners to the desired length. Following the photo, begin wrapping the stem by tacking the strip to the stem about 1 1/2" below the flower. Wrap the stem and base of the flower, tacking as you go. Make sure all raw edges of the flower are covered.

6] Now begin wrapping the length of the pipe cleaners. Keep the fabric pulled tight as you twist it around the pipe cleaners. Make sure your green fabric overlaps itself slightly, allowing no pipe cleaners to be seen. Tack as you go.

7] Wrap to the bottom of the stem, cut off the remaining strip, and tack the end.

You now have a single flower. If you would like, copy the leaf pattern, make according to the directions, and tack onto the stem. 

Note about patterns: We are sharing patterns we have designed and made for our own children, families and friends. Every effort is made to share information in a clear and accurate manner. We offer preemptive apologies for any mistakes that may be made. Please let us know via comments or emails if you stumble upon a mistake or if you encounter directions that leave your scratching your head! We will rectify the situation as soon as humanly possible!

Copyright © Wee Folk Art 2008 - 2009. All rights reserved. All photos, text and patterns are copyright protected. You may not copy, reproduce or redistribute any material found on WeeFolkArt.com without written permission. Wee Folk Art retains all rights.

  

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