Friday, February 1, 2013

Have a Heart

 With Valentine's Day just  two weeks away, I thought it would be fun to sew up some pretty heart ornaments!

I started by weaving the front fabric panels in an off-white wool, with a band of red wool rosepath going through each section.

Each band of rosepath differs, so while all the hearts were cut and stitched from the same woven fabric, each is still an individual... just like our own hearts.

I used an off white Kona cotton fabric for the back, placing the seam in the middle, as I think items stuff better that way, and it's very easy to stitch the seam closed with an invisible hand-stitch. To add a little extra-special detail, I embroidered little x's down each seam. 
Kiss, kiss, kiss, x, x, x.

Twill seam binding was just right for making the hanging loops.

These handwoven heart ornaments can be found in my shop here
You can also try making your own heart ornaments by substituting the handwoven fabric for heavy-weight muslin and a band of pretty, store bought, woven ribbon stitched in place!

Here's to a happy February! 


Diane J. Evans said...

Absolutely wonderful, Victoria -- and I FINALLY got to purchase one (actually, TWO) of your lovely pieces before they were completely sold out, so I am THRILLED! Can't wait to receive these fabulous hearts -- and to be a proud owner of a genuine Victoria G. creation.


Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

These are adorable, Victoria! The weaving reminds me of the traditional Norwegian åkle which was used for bedding and decoration.

Foster said...

So darling and understated. I love the warm, down home feeling these have.

Wendy said...

Simply Beautiful
Beautifully Simple.

In other words;
Just Perfect!

beth said...

wow! Just love these. ;)

patty a. said...

So sweet! Love the idea of the seam down the back center. I need to make a pin cushion for an exchange so I will incorporate the middle back seam and try it out. Thanks for sharing!

Jane S. said...

Those are so darn cute! You know, they remind me of Swedish weaving embroidery a bit.

Love that seam up the backside. :)

Esch House Quilts said...

Those are just fantastic! I love the woven pattern and the texture.

Kim said...

Oh my wasn't it hard to cut the woven fabric? These are just lovely, love the vertical one with the X's and O's.

Happy Sewing

Victoria said...

Thanks to each of you!

Diane, you are so sweet!

Nina and Jane, yes, I can see why it reminds you of those things, as Rosepath weaving, (the red woven bands in the hearts) has deep scandinavian roots. The variations are seemingly endless making it truly fun to work with!

Kim, as long as you first stabilize where you want to cut with machine stitching, it's not much different then cutting into any other fabric. To make these, I made a heart template cut from cardstock and centered it on top of the woven fabric. Then I stitched around it a few times, locking all those woven ends in place, Then I cut the heart shape out with no fear of unraveling. :)

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts said...

These are lovely, Vic! So happy you're weaving again :)

Peggy said...

LOVE these!!!