Jesse Tree ornaments: tidbits for assembly

Tomorrow starts the patterns for the Jesse Tree ornaments! Have you finished your shopping? Practiced your blanket stitch and needle threading?

As I was preparing the daily tutorial, I thought these tidbits might be helpful.

(Of note, "tutorial" sounds so official. Please do not set your expectations too high. The patterns are scanned card stock cutouts with a quarter alongside so you can verify the size of your print out. When I tried to edit the scanned image to only have one pattern per document (so that I could post each individual pattern with its ornament tutorial), the scaling went wonky. I don't have fancy software and know how (nor time) to fix it. So I'm leaving them in their original scanned beauty of three ornaments per page. If that doesn't really make sense, you'll see what I mean tomorrow. On to the tidbits.)

Print the patterns to card stock. Card stock is easier to trace (especially onto felt) than copy/printer paper.

Trace the patterns onto the felt with washable marker or a ball point pen.

When tracing patterns onto black felt, use white chalk.

When stitching around the edge of an ornament, strategically start in a place that will allow for the creation of a loop hook at the end of stitching for hanging the ornament. For example, start stitching the lamb at the top center. When you finish stitching it closed, you will be back to the top, exactly where you want the loop to be to hang it on your Jesse Tree.

Always give yourself enough thread to stitch your ornament in its entirety. Running out of thread on such small items is just a nuisance. On the same token, don't give yourself too much thread that the thread is too long and tangling (and frustrating).

Do not wait until the end of stitching to stuff the ornaments with batting. The instructions list it at the end, just as a reminder to put batting in the ornament before you stitch it closed. Depending on the ornament, be sure to stuff as you go. It's rather easy to stuff the tablets at the very end, not so easy to stuff the dove at the very end.

Speaking of stitches, you also need to know a backstitch and a running stitch. (They're both much simpler than a blanket stitch.)

The ornaments are designed to be seen from both sides. I struggled to find the correct vocabulary to instruct the patterns, so I frequently call one piece "front" and the other "back." It's just the two identical pieces being stitched together. (i.e. Stitch the front rainbow to the back rainbow.) There's not necessarily a front and back.

As for the daily tutorial format, the picture will appear first. The label immediately beneath the picture will link to the pattern. The materials list will appear next (in italics), followed by the instructions.

I think that's it.

Oh, wait.

Did I mention these ornament patterns have undergone vigorous quality control testing? =)