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Anthropologie-Inspired Felt Lobster Ornament

The Stitcherati lobster ornament

This year is the first year my husband and I have a Christmas tree for the holidays. Granted, it’s practically a little Charlie Brown tree, but it’s an upgrade from the Christmas poinsettia from last year. Can’t really decorate that!

Being the crafty sort, I wanted to make some ornaments. And not an ornament that looks like a pipe cleaner attached to a paper cup (ahem, little sister dear) either. So, while shopping in Anthropologie recently, I was inspired by the most adorable lobster ornament. A lobster! I could soooo make that!

Spangled Sea Lobster ornament from Anthropologie

Since then, I’ve been working on a pattern and mapping out the mechanics of putting it together. So, without further adieu, below are directions for you very own Christmas crustacean. Oh, and while you’re crafting your ‘lil lobster, might as well listen to the B52’s “Rock Lobster.”

‘Lil Rock Lobster Ornament

Finished size: Approximately 5″ x 9-1/2″ (body)

 Supplies

  • 9″ x 12″ felt
  • Sequins in various colors
  • Seed beads
  • Bead wire
  • Embroidery floss to match felt (I used red DMC 321)
  • Embroidery floss in various colors (I used blue DMC 995 and gold DMC S676)
  • Embroidery hoop and needle
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Scissors
  • Round nose pliers
  • Side cutter pliers
  • Piece of silk ribbon

Click on the link for the free PDF of the“Lil Rock Lobster Pattern.

Directions

1. Print and cut out the lobster ornament pattern. Fold the 9″ x 12″ felt in half and pin the pattern to the felt. Leaving about a 1/4″ clearance around the pattern, trace the pattern with a pen.

2. Unfold the felt and embellish away! I found it was much easier to embellish the ornament before I cut it out. That way, I could use an embroidery hoop to keep the felt taut. Also, I highly recommend Jenny Hart’s book, Embroidered Effects, for embroidery inspiration. For this project, I used 3-ply and used the herringbone, star, fern and running stitches. Also, while you are embroidering and sewing on sequins, be mindful to keep some clearance from the edge (see below).

 3. Using the side cutter, cut two lengths of bead wire, about 6″ each. These will be for the antennae. Also, I realized after I made it, the lobster ornament is not anatomically correct. You’ll need to cut out 8 legs, not 4– oops! Each leg should be about 3″.

4. Then, using the round nose pliers, grip one end of the wire for the antenna and create a small loop with the wire. This will keep the seed beads from falling off the wire. Do this for the other antenna and the legs. Then, string on the beads and when finished, use the round nose pliers to make another small loop at the other end.

5. Fold the felt in half again and pin together. Then cut out the lobster pattern along the pen lines. Also cut out two tails. Keep the two body pieces pinned (wrong sides together) and sandwich the lobster tail in between. To secure the tail to the body, hand sew the tail to the back body piece so the stitching won’t appear in the front. Then, map out where to place the beads for the eyes, antennae and legs. Also, cut out a small piece of silk ribbon for the loop of the ornament. Then, like the tail, sew and secure the bead wire and loop to the inside of the back body piece. For the beads for the eyes, sew to the front body piece.

6. Once everything is attached, hand sew the front and back body pieces together. I used 2-ply of red embroidery floss that matched the felt and used a decorative blanket stitch to attach the body pieces together. After the claws has been sewn together, lightly start to stuff with the polyester fiberfill. Before the lobster is completely sewn together, leave about a 1″ opening and stuff the rest of the ornament. Then sew the gap together.

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Baby Hat with Intertwined Cables

On Sunday I went to the baptism of my friend’s baby, Chase. I hadn’t seen her in a while and needed to bring a baby gift. I had already bought two cute outfits from baby Gap and some crib toys, but I needed to add a personal touch. How about a hat?

I went on Ravelry to find a pattern that had more to it than just a boring stockinette stitch or rib. I also needed something that I could complete in two nights—I’m an awful procrastinator. Could this be a mission impossible? Well, I chose to accept it.

I found a pattern by Gretchen Chan on the MeiMing Design Ravelry store (it’s a free download). I’m a sucker for cables and I liked how the cables in this pattern intertwined.

Of course since I didn’t plan this out, I  didn’t have the right size needles (size 7). I ended up raiding my craft chest and found a set of  size 6 double-pointed needles. I know dpns are a necessary evil, but I prefer to use circular needles. AND, I  probably would have been able to finish the hat in half the time on circulars, but what can you do?

Regardless,  since it’s a baby hat, I would have needed a very short set of circulars. What’s wrong with me? I’m a baby about making a baby hat! Wah.

Luckily, I also have a large stash of Caron Simply Soft yarn from earlier or scrapped projects (all in afore-mentioned craft chest). I ended up using a small part of a pretty navy blue skein. So at 11:30 on Saturday night, just before Zooey Deschanel was about to do her monologue on SNL, I finished the hat. Pretty snazzy too.

Mission accomplished!

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Knitted Slouchy Hat with Cables

slouchy hat

You know what I love about knitting hats? You get the payoff of a completed project incredibly fast– it’s instant craftification! Check out this free slouchy hat knitting pattern from Azure Knits.

I casted on on Thursday night before Christmas and kind of worked on it here and there over the holiday. Then on Monday night I devoted some serious time to it and finished it that night. Awesome! I did notice that as I was decreasing that I made a couple of mistakes, but I think once I wear the hat it won’t be that noticeable. Also, I don’t have a small head, so the hat is not that slouchy on me. That’s OK though — I prefer more of a beanie over a really baggy look anyway.

I followed the tip of using size 11 needles to make the hat a little slouchier. I also used the recommended yarn in the pattern — Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky in Ecru. It was so unbelievably soft…Like a kitty, as my mom would say.

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