Thursday, September 7, 2017

Autumn Leaf Ornament Tree

Bring Autumn's beautiful colored leaf display inside 
by converting the "Eggs Tree Display Stand" 
into a "Leaf Tree Display". 
(Purchase Eggs Tree Display Stand file separately.) 
Assemble this finial with its center hole punch top (back layer) arm,
front bracket, back attachment bracket and pole hex cap,
then attach to the tree assembly.
Select from Oak or Maple leaf ornament cut files
to mix and match leaf types, styles, or simply cut
the base leaf layers from favorite autumn color
solids or prints for a bright seasonal display.

NOTE: Use the cut file from
Eggs Tree Display Stand designs to
prepare the tree with BASE, POST & ARMS.
(Find a tutorial for more information about
the construction of those Tree Display Stand
designs HERE.)

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A finial base layer
B finial leaf windows top layer
C leaf shape (11)
D trunk shape
E back layer of top arm (cut 1 for finial;
cut 3 other layers from stand file)
F front bracket   G pole top hexagon cover
H back attachment bracket
2. Position and attach the cutout overlay tree leaf
shape over the plain base, matching outer edges
and guide mark hole punch. Use a flat weight
if available to press the glued-up layers flat
and keep it from warping or curling while drying
if using liquid adhesive.
3. Position and attach the "trunk" shape in the center
of the leaf windows shape, centering it and
lining up the punch hole guide marks.
4. Audition the positions of the eleven oval leaves . . . 
. . . then position and attach each into the selected
window position.
5. Position the finial unit behind the top arm shape
included in the finial design cut file (includes
the guide hole punch for alignment assistance).
line up the lower straight edges, and glue finial
in place. Make sure that the center tab remains
unattached to finial (see end of step 8 for visual).
6. Prepare the layered top (short) arm from
the tree stand cut file (see step 21 from tutorial).
7. Position and attach the front (short) bracket
on the front of layered arm.
8. Layer over the top of the finial arm shape,
lining up all arm outer edges, and glue
securely in place, while making sure . . . 
. . . that the hanging tab at the center remains
unattached to finial by ensuring that it can
be bent forward slightly as will be needed
to hang ornaments.
9. Position the top arm onto the front  of the stand's
pole, at the top arm alignment mark
(see step 23 of the Egg Tree Display), and securely
glue in place, taking care to ensure that the arm
is parallel to the other arms and the base,
and perpendicular to the pole.
10. Position and attach the back bracket strip
(see step 33 in the Eggs Tree Stand tutorial).
11. Position and attach the hexagon cap
on top of the pole to hide the exposed dowel.
12. Prepare the leaf ornaments with twine hangers
(view a similar ornament preparation tutorial HERE).
Hang loops over the arm tabs as shown.

Here is a simulation of the completed tree.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Envelopes for Kiosk Gift Cards

Here's a quick "wrap" for 
gift card hang hole commercial packaging 
found at retail kiosks everywhere. 
Measures approx. 4.25" wide x 5.5" tall when closed. 
Includes message card rectangle. 
Three flap closure styles, including the disc twine wrap
version shown first (above) . . . 
. . . the bar bracket with mini brads version shown here, and . . . 
. . . the simple tuck flap version shown here.
Eleven simple (or slightly more complex) embellishment shapes
create a quick and unique gift for many occasions.

1) For each of the pair of discs, cut 2 main discs 
plus 1-2 smaller riser discs, and glue into a stack with hole openings matched. 
2) Cut a 7-8" length of twine. 
3) Position disc stacks over punch holes on sleeve body, 
tucking twine under flap disc with end inserted through hole. 
4) Attach eyelet fasteners to secure discs in place. 
4) Complete sleeve assembly by folding sides, 
bottom and gluing in place.   

1) Cut bar [1-2 layers] and riser ends [1 each] and 
assemble with riser ends under bar. 
2) Complete sleeve assembly by folding sides, bottom and gluing in place. 
3) Position bar assembly over punch holes and glue riser backsides only in place. 
4) Insert decorative mini brads through punch holes. 

Scallop Mat Wavy Stitched Vine & Leaf

Delicate embroidery stitches can be easily made 
through the tiny lacing holes provided 
for three stitching elements: 
backstitch vine and stems, 
lazy daisy stitch leaves (add optional center long stitch) 
and colonial (or french) knot berry trios. 
Cut from card stock, complete stitching 
with embroidery floss (recommended 3 ply), 
then use the optional plain scallop mat shape 
to attach to backside to hide the stitchery construction. 
For a fabric version (wool or wool felt), 
cut the top mat layer as a template to transfer pencil dots 
as pattern for completing as regular 
embroidery stitching with 1 ply (vine and knots)
and 2-3 ply (daisy leaves)
like the thumbnail project shown. 
Mat measures approx. 11.75" in diameter. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A Card stock front with punched needle holes
B card stock back "cover" 
OR . . . 
 . . . C fabric mat template with holes
for marking stitch locations onto wool felt.
(this is the same shape as B above from
lower quality card stock)
(NOTE: fabric version will be demonstrated
first and in more detail.)
2. Position fabric template onto front side
of wool felt and mark the outline (trim line for later)
and each of the needle holes using a .5mm or .7mm
mechanical pencil or equivalent.
Take care that the template does not move during
the process (consider temporary securing method
such as double stick tape).
Here is the marked felt.
Trim excess away a bit beyond the trim line
(final trim after manipulation that occurs
during the stitching process).

This illustration shows the marked dots and
the stitching that corresponds to the marks.

3. Prepare to stitch vine by threading 1 ply floss
on the finest needle you are comfortable with.
Here is a line drawing of the back stitch
that will be used to stitch the vine:

Knot and anchor on the backside, then insert
and bring needle to the front at one of the stitch
marks (pull floss completely through drawing
length fully through - here and throughout).
Next, make a "back stitch" by inserting needle
down at the mark behind the exit hole of the
"up" stitch.
Shown here: a few stitches already completed,
exit thread in front, needle re-insert behind
previous exit stitch . . . 
. . . then bring needle up at the mark
in front of the previous exit hole . . .
. . . to complete a stitch.
Repeat this stitch all along the marked vine line,
also completing tiny branch stitch pairs as they
are encountered during the process. 
4. Next prepare to stitch the leaves, using 2 or 3 ply
floss loaded in the needle.
Here is a line drawing of the lazy daisy stitch
that will be used to create the leaves:

NOTE that the guide mark for the base of each leaf
is also a guide mark used in the vine stitching,
three stitches behind or to the right in this image
of the vine branch.
A. Anchor floss on the back with small knot
and tail and bring needle to the front at
the appropriate vine-shared hole.
B. Loop floss around to the top, then
re-insert needle into the same exit hole.
C. Bring needle point up again at the outer
guide mark for that stitch.
D. Draw needle and floss through and slowly
close the loop stitch until it is stopped by 
exiting floss.
E. Re-insert needle at or very near the outer
guide mark for this stitch.
F. Draw needle and floss away from work
on back side until the top hold stitch is
flush on top.
G. To fill in the leaf, add a center long stitch
by inserting (up) the needle at the leaf base guide mark,
then re-insert (down) the needle at the top guide mark  . .
. . . and drawing the needle through until stitch
is flush with mat surface.
5. Prepare to add the Colonial knot berry stitches
at the trio cluster marks by threading 1 ply floss 
onto the needle.
Here is a line drawing of the Colonial knot stitch:
6. Complete a knot stitch at each of the marks
in all the trio clusters, anchoring the floss on
back side, and "stringing" between the knots
and between the clusters (take care not to
cinch the mat between the clusters if you
do "string" between stitches).
7. When stitching is completed, carefully trim
on the outer marked line.
8. Position (back to back) stitched mat front
over second wool felt layer for back,
and secure in place with fabric or other glue stick
or straight pins.
9. Trim back layer exactly even with front.
10. Complete an edge overstitch to join
the front and back layers, such as a "blanket"
stitch by hand, illustrated here:

a machine blanket stitch, shown here
in process.

11. Create a card stock mat in a similar fashion,
with these differences.
A. Anchor floss on backside with small strip
of cello tape, both at beginning and
B. Use 3 ply floss for vine stitching,
leaf and Colonial knots.
C. When stitching is completed,
use glue-strip tape (such as the Scotch
brand "Advanced Tape Glide" system)
to join the back "cover" layer in place
at edges.
Here is the completed wool felt mat.
(NOTE that the stitched sample
is an 80% reduction of the cut file original.)

Bow 3D Large for Package

Decorate a large package or project with 
this simply-constructed bow decoration which measures 
approx. 3" wide x 7" long x .75" tall.  
3D bow is composed of shaped streamer base, 
loop shape (ends curl under and overlap at center), 
and center wrap band, each with punch hole for alignment 
and to accept a reg. size brad decoration. 
Optional shapes (no-punch center band, brad head circle) 
can be used to create a bow that does not 
include a brad embellishment. 

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify and cut the shapes:
A streamers base
B loops shape   C center band (with brad punches)
D optional brad "topper" circle
2. Prepare the loops layer by gently adding curl
at the widest portion on each side of center,
so the loops will attractively curl but NOT bend.
3. Curl the loop ends to the center back, overlap
and align the guide dots of each layer,
and glue the "tab" portions only in place.
4. Optional: add a slight downward curl to 
the streamers base just beyond the center
connector area.
5. Layer the bow unit over the streamer shape
and match punch circles, center loops over
streamer shape, and securely attach 
center portions only in place.
6. To assist the center wrap band to "curl" around
the bow assembly and NOT bend flat, add some
curl to the areas to each side of center guide dot
(or midway along each end of strip if using
non-punched strip shape).
7. Position one end of strip on the backside of bow
assembly with punch circles aligned, then wrap strip around
to front . . . 
. . . across front and around to back again
to line up punch circles and glue end in place.
8. Position and attach a regular or large brad
at center with . . . 
. . . circle cover over brad if desired,
simply position and attach circle at center to
over guide punch circles.
Here is the completed bow.