Caroling Snowmen Table Topper in Wool
Have you started thinking about Christmas projects? July seems to be when everyone starts thinking about the Christmas holidays and it is a great time to start on one or two things.
This is only the second wool project that I have worked on and I have to admit it was fun and relaxing to do some hand stitching and embroidery.
Have you ever thought about working with other fabrics when using your AccuQuilt GO! dies? I am doing something totally unexpected for me……..hand-stitching on wool!
The Christmas holidays will be here before you know it and this would be a perfect little table topper to have out all winter.
I used 3 different AccuQuilt GO! dies to create the Caroling Snowmen:
- AccuQuilt GO! Circle-2″, 3″, 5″ #55012
- AccuQuilt GO! Holiday Accessories #55321
- AccuQuilt GO! Holiday Medley #55043
The dies can be used with all of the AccuQuilt GO! cutters:
- GO! Baby Fabric Cutter Starter Set 55600
- GO! Fabric Cutter (55100S)
- GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter (55500)
- 20″ x 25″ plaid fabric for background
- Felted Wool 18″ x 22″ black
- Felted Wool Fat Quarters – white, green
- Felted Wool Scraps – orange, blue, red, pink, yellow, purple
- Embroidery thread for hand-stitching
When I first decided to make a wool quilt project, I bought some rayon/wool mix pieces. The blended wool is much thinner than 100% wool and you can easily cut 3 layers at a time.
I have a friend who dyes and felts wool and she brought me all kinds of felted wool to work with. Felted wool is much thicker than 100% cotton or wool blends. I’ll save the wool blends for another project.
At first I cut 2 layers of the felted wool but I was a little worried as my cutting machine was really working to cut through that much. I decided to go ahead and just cut 1 layer at a time. Each cut was perfect.I cut some small pieces of the felted wool and placed them over the sections of the snowmen accessories that I wanted to use.I also cut 3 of the hats to use for the books for my caroling snowmen. For the scarves I decided to separate the pieces for a windblown look.
I trimmed off the sides of the hats to make the little caroling snowmen books.The bodies of the snowmen are made from different sizes of circles. If you don’t have the AccuQuilt dies it would still be pretty easy to create a little quilt project like this. I used some elmer’s washable glue to hold the pieces in place while I sewed them.
I have done very little hand-stitching, I stitched the books and then the mittens before placing them on the background wool. I think my stitching style might be called “primitive”.I have to admit that I had more fun doing the hand-stitching than I thought I would and much of it was done out on my deck while sitting out on the deck.
I used some little seed beads for the eyes.
My friend also include a yard of a plaid woven fabric that I used for the backing. I left it a little bigger and just pulled the threads off for about fourth of an inch. After I stitched the snowmen and trees, I hand-stitched around the black background fabric to attach it to the plaid fabric. This hid all of the stitching I did on the caroling snowmen.
Have you ever worked with wool and did you like it? I’ll admit that I have bought a bunch of wool and thread and plan on making more projects!
Here are some other posts that will inspire you:
- Over 15 of my Christmas quilt tutorials
- 25 Free Christmas Quilt tutorials and patterns
- Christmas Pinwheels Table Runner
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