Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Cones

Yesterday was the Christmas party for the TennGRITS club I've been a part of since its beginning. We began as a group over 10 years ago now; it's still fun and we still like each other!  Although originally a group of rubberstampers, we've evolved more into the mixed media world although we still put a stamp to paper now and then.

 I used the metal frame of a Dollar Tree tinsel tree to make hanging cones as my gift this year.

I removed the tinsel from each frame and used muslin strips to cover the frame.  I wove the muslin into the frame twice each time I wrapped a piece around the diameter.  The weaving, along with hand sewing, secured the muslin to the frame.  My original idea of just covering the frame with muslin didn't work at all.  Once the frame was covered and the cone was turned upright, the muslin wouldn't stay put. 

The wrapping process continues.  After all the frames were covered with muslin, I handstitched a fuzzy white fiber onto the muslin and also added a coffee stain here and there to give the pieces a slightly aged appearance.

An inside view

The handles were strips of muslin and fiber and were sewned onto the frame.

The image used is from a Luna Girl image CD.  Muslin was attached to a piece of computer paper and the images were printed using my laser printer.  A bit of coffee staining was added to the corners.  After adding lace and buttons to the top of the cone, the image was attached and a bit of fiber was tied on for accent.

The bottoms of the cones were dipped in coffee and once dry, they were finished off with glitter on the tips.

These were fun to make and I'm happy with the way they turned out.  I had my doubts along the way!


michelle said...

Love the piece. I am so envious as I have not had studio time in a long while. They were very luck to to recieve one of these.

Linda said...

Beautiful! What a great gift!!!

susi said...

very creative! it's funny how we artists look at something and see (and make) something so totally different! aren't we fun!

Subriagirl said...

ut hum.....I've not rec'd mine yet! Just kidding. Dianne, these are wonderful. So lovely & christmas like. How did you attach your muslin to paper? I've got access to toner copiers....will this technique work with a commercial copier? Love the overall look of these cones!
Huggs, ronnie

Artifice said...

Gorgeous work! They turned out beautifully!


Ashlyn said...

OMG!!! They are so AMAZING, Dianne!!! I am so glad that you gave us a little picture tutorial of how they were made! I so wish I was one of the recipients!! :) What a fabulous gift!
Hugs, Ashlyn

Shelly Hickox said...

Wow, I wish I was in your club!!! These are incredible. I need to go get me some of those trees!

Robyn said...

OMG, those are the cutest things ever...I love them.

Joyce said...

I love your cones! Ran right down to the Dollar Tree and bought some tinsel trees. Can't wait to make some for my tree. Thanks for the inspiration.

Gaby Bee said...

Wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hugs, Gaby