Friday, December 25, 2015

Happy Christmas

Merry Christmas from Red Circle Crafts
I'm taking a short break from blogging to properly enjoy the holidays. Which, I must say, have not been nearly so enjoyable (read: low-stress) in years. I've got a few surprises up my sleeve though, so I'll see you shortly before the new year, back right here.

If you're celebrating any holidays of light in the darkest time of the year, I wish you a very merry celebration, whatever that entails.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Tiny Weaving Ornaments

Tiny Weaving Ornament | Red Circle Crafts

Every year I make a series of ornaments that I mostly give away to friends and family. This year I made many more than I needed (weaving is a little addicting) and I've put some of them up in my etsy shop for sale. I would order soon to be sure they arrive before Christmas.

Tiny Weaving Ornament | Red Circle Crafts

One of the things that I really enjoyed about making these weavings is how deceptively simple and rustic they are. They hang from twigs collected from my walks and include a piece of string to hang from a tree or the wall.

Tiny Weaving Ornament | Red Circle Crafts

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Felt Advent Calendar

Felt Advent Calendar | Red Circle Crafts

I've finally finished an advent calendar and just in time, too. I was sewing the hangers onto these ornaments last night. And finished photographing this today!

Felt Advent Calendar | Red Circle Crafts

I love advent calendars and have since I was little. But I wanted one that I could use year after year without needing to purchase or make anything every year.  I was inspired by this advent calendar from The Sugar House Shop (pattern available for purchase).

Felt Advent Calendar | Red Circle Crafts

The reindeer head is a silhouette I liked the look of, found through a google search and modified slightly to fit. After sewing the whole head and antlers on by hand, I sewed in small brown seed beads to use as hangers for the ornaments.

Felt Advent Calendar | Red Circle CraftsFelt Advent Calendar | Red Circle Crafts

The pockets are made from the same white felt as the background with numbers embroidered on to each pocket. I just took a water-dissolving pen and wrote numbers on each pocket space (before sewing it in place) and then embroidered (using a back stitch) the numbers.

Felt Advent Calendar | Red Circle Crafts

The tiny felt ornaments are entirely hand-drawn patterns made to fit in the tiny pockets.

Here's a list of plushies and felt ornaments that inspired these:

Bear & OwlVintage Glass Ornaments
Dala Horse
Rudolph & Santa
Yeti
Tree

I'm looking forward to putting up one ornament every day until Christmas, seeing the reindeer fill up with bright baubles.

Felt Advent Calendar | Red Circle Crafts