Ornaments and What-Knots

Ya gotta love that word – what-knots!  I don’t really know what it means or where it came from, but it makes me laugh every time I hear someone use it.

I have been feeling a little blue for not participating in any ornament exchanges this year.  I guess I am realizing I love ornaments.  I already know I love to make them.  So I decided to make a few extras this week, just for fun.  Maybe I’ll save them as ideas for an exchange next year… and start making a quantity of them in JUNE rather than the week before Christmas!

These are the newest ornaments I made this week – mini miniature 9-patch quilts!  I am so happy with how these turned out that I might make more mini miniature quilts using different blocks.

Miniature 9-patch ornaments

I make a lot of these mini-sweater and mini-stocking ornaments from the Last-Minute Knitted Gifts book by Joelle Hoverson.  I end up giving many of them away that I found I didn’t have any left in our ornament box, so I had to make more.

mini stocking and sweater

Finally, I decided to try a couple new “ornaments” this year from the New Noel booklet by Linda Lum DeBono.  I made this adorable stocking, which was so easy that I definitely need to make more.  

fabric presents and stocking

I also made these charming little present boxes, which aren’t really ornaments, but look darn cute under the tree, or anywhere you want to display them. 

fabric presents

I think these would look great in the new Darla collection by Tanya Whelan.

That’s what I have accomplished so far this week.  Now I’m off to do some holiday baking since we’re hosting a holiday open house on Sunday afternoon.

My Holiday Ornament Plans

I was inspired by this post from Adorn magazine’s blog to take stock in the ornaments I have made in the past couple years, and to decide which ones I have time for this year. Of course, I want to make ten of ALL of them. My first and foremost deadline is for the Holiday Ornament Swap 2007, which is due December 15. I haven’t been able to begin many projects until the last class of my semester, which was last Tuesday, Dec. 4 – yippee!

Rustic Felt Ornaments from Rustic Winter by Marilyn Gash and Indygo Junction

Rustic winter ornaments

I ordered the wool and thread for these gorgeous stars, which I absolutely adore! Molly’s Wool Felt Stars from The Purl Bee

Molly’s wool felt stars

Wool felt mittens from disdressed blog

disdressed blog mittens on the line

I have made many of these over the years for other ornament exchanges and gifts for my family. Knitted sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Sweater ornament
Knitted stocking from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
sweater & stocking ornament

mini stockings

Knitted mittens from (Creative Knitting November 2004 issue)

mittens ornament

Wool Felt Snowmen from Liberty Rose

wool felt snowmen ornaments

Here are some of my own ideas:

Folk Art Soft birds – in progress

soft bird ornaments in progress more soft bird ornaments

Felt gingerbread men (cookie cutter shape, tan felt, brown embroidery thread, black embroidery thread, tiny red heart buttons)

gingerbread ornament in progress

Felt cardinal (cookie cutter shape, red felt, yellow felt, red embroidery thread, black embroider thread)

cardinal ornament

Think I’ll enough time to do everything? Probably not, but that’s part of the fun. I hope you are finding ways to be creative during the holiday season!