November 13, 2009

A Christmas Dove...

This year, I'm involved in a Christmas ornament swap on one of my favorite online sites. This swap requires home-crafted ornaments, so I set about making the first of two needed for the swap.

I decided to use Warm & Natural batting as my fabric. (Thanks to Dawn from The Feathered Nest blog for the inspiration.) I cut out the dove body and wing pieces and then hand stitched the matching parts together. I even remembered to leave an opening for light stuffing. (I used my favorite - 100% organic wool.)
I used heart-shaped buttons to attach the wings to the body, added two black beads for eyes, and a pretty "sprig" for its mouth. I used a medium thickness metallic thread for its hanger.

My last step was to spritz it with spray adhesive and press it into chunky white glitter. (You can click on the photos to enlarge them to see the glitter detail.)

What do you think? Was my first ornament for the swap a success? Do you think my swap partner will like it? I think the second ornament for this swap will be a lacy Christmas tree - or a heart. What would you do?

Tomorrow will be my 200th Post! I'm planning a Giveaway, and hope you'll come back to see what I've gathered for you.

15 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

icandy... said...

Adorable, Donna!
Just adorable... I think that you'll have a very lucky partner! :)

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Donna, this is gorgeous. You did great!! Thank you again for the very sweet note. You are right, it's just the best way to communicate other than a BIG HUG!

Barbara said...

Donna.....Beautiful ornament and so great to have a handmade one.


Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Your little bird is beautiful! And a 200th post coming up! WOW!!! Congratulations! Have a great day! Hugs, Coralie

Linda K. said...

It's adorable, Donna! Wonderful job. Love the glitter too. I'll be back for your giveaway post. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

you KNOW I LOVE glitter and your 'Christmas Dove' is beautiful and so very fitting for the season. Remembering "The reason for the season" I can't wait to see the next creation. Love Mumsy.

Sharon said...

The bird is lovely. I must try this. I just bought some mica glitter and I think it would look great on this. Sharon

Stacey said...

Hi Donna! I think your ornament is very pretty. I am not crafty at all so I totally admire the skills that some of you have. The recipient will be happy and lucky. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Donna,
this is so pretty I just love it! I think you should make more of these:)

I was just over on Shell's blog and was drooling over the gifts you sent her. The pink and green bunny fabric/card is so yummy. Where do you find that material? YUM

Hope you're having a happy weekend, my friend.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Thank you for all your sweet comments. I so appreciate each and every one of them! I'll answer Mary's question here in case anyone else is interested in the fabric.

It's Moda's fabric Hushabye by Tula Pink. Here's the link: to see more of the line. Pretty, isn't it?

The card Mary is talking about is one of my Artist Trading Card - this one made especially for Shell from Tales From the Raspberry Rabbits blog ( If you're interested in trading and ATC with me, just send me an email and I'll share my address with you so we can swap.

Hugs, my friends,

Christine Edwards said...

Your ornament is gorgeous! Very well done...can't wait to see the other one. :-)

Beverly@My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Your dove is beautiful. I would love to have a whole tree full of them. Your swap partner will love it. I love anything glittery.
First time here, but I will be back to see your projects. I'm always lookin for new inspiration. Gosh, 200 posts, I can't imagine. I only have a few and have a hard time thinking of things to post about.

Tracy Suzanne said...

Oh My! This ornament is just beautiful. It's hard to believe it's your first. I want one! Two thinks I love soft cotton and glitter. Just can't resist either one.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Love this! Elegant and beautiful. Handmade is so much nicer than the "happy crappy" made in China! I think your swap partner will be smitten!
bunny hugs,

maryboys said...

it's white, it sparkles, and it has wings...i love it! i wish i knew how to sew...



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