Quilled Christmas Stocking Ornament

  • Posted on December 22, 2010 at 7:49 AM

Quilled Christmas Stocking

I was really stumped for presents for the girls’ teachers and Sophie’s speech therapist this year. I didn’t want to go in for a voucher (too impersonal), and wasn’t really keen on buying just anything. They were important milestones we were thanking the teachers for this year; Amy had really enjoyed her year and having an “arty” teacher had really kept her happy, Sophie was finishing preschool and both girls had had the same teacher so she had been part of our lives for 4 years and had really made an effort to help Sophie with her speech and language issues and Sophie was finally finishing up with her speech therapy after 2 and a half years. What to give these special people? Another friend makes an embroidered ornament for the teachers which I thought was a lovely idea but I’d never thought of giving something like that. It was when I was in the local art and craft shop (the girls there are starting to recognise me now – oops!) that I saw some glass ornament and they were just calling to me to put some quilling on them. Present idea decided! Now to design and make 4 of them (one for us to keep of course!) in 2 weeks!

I decided to quill one side and and cover the other side in glitter – can’t have too much sparkle at Christmas!!

Quilled Christmas Stocking Glitter Side

Once I’d worked out the design, the sizes of shapes etc, it was time to get them all done. Oh no! Not enough paper!! So a quick call to a supplier and my Mum to pick up the order, and I was on my way. Luckily I now have my new glasses because I was working for hours into the nights. I was certainly not counting on the humidity! Humidity certainly effects the coiling and sticking of paper. Because I was working with metallic paper too, it got quite tricky at times! The designs on each varied a little with each ornament which I didn’t mind as it made each one unique. I then put them in a pretty white box with quilled holly on it.

Holly Christmas Gift Box

I am really happy with the result. It was nice to give a personal gift to those making a big difference in our girls’ lives. I’ll start earlier next year though!

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