Some of you make them by the 100's, not even knowing what you are going to do with them (Margaret D. and sister...). I have to say it is a very satisfying use of scraps.
It is time for the yearly ornament exchange, so the pressure has been on to come up with a worthy offering.
Since I like the way the red ornaments really "pop" on a Christmas tree, I started with my bright red scraps.
I knew I needed to make them small...as small as my fingers would fumble. I also wasn't sure how I would embellish them in the end, so I chose to fold the edge under as I made my gathers rather than leave the edge raw.
I love Kay Buckley's "Perfect Circle" applique templates. I don't use them very often to applique circles...I'm far too lazy and just turn the edges under with a glue stick when I make circles...and I do love making circles, but I diverge...
OK Teresa, stay on task. Since the yo-yo's finish about half the diameter of the circle you start with, I chose a template and "dug in" to the scraps.
I decided I wanted the finished yo-yo to be about the size of a penny.
They really are addicting to make, which is a good thing! When they are made this tiny, it takes a lot to cover a styrofoam ball. Using some red-on-white fabrics in addition to red makes the ornament really sizzle and adds movement.
I used inexpensive pearl-headed pins to attach each yo-yo, starting at the "bottom" of the ornament, and adding them row by row, slightly overlapping them to cover the styrofoam ball.
They held so well, I didn't even have to glue them, but I could have. I did make a hole at the "top" by stabbing the very tiny exposed place on the styrofoam ball with my stiletto, then filled it with a little craft glue and poked the knotted end of some skinny ribbon into the glued hole for a hanger. Easy!
(The time-consuming part is making the yo-yo's...NOTE TO SELF: spend spare time in 2013 making yo-yo's so that I will have lots to play with next year...).
I had some minor foot surgery yesterday, and now I am sitting with my foot propped up, typing (not pretty...), questioning the wisdom of my decision to drive myself to the annual party and ornament exchange this morning. The stitches are on the bottom of a toe, and it would be better if I stayed home and stayed off of it...but it's a party...hmmm.
I have an hour to decide and make my planned dish to pass...do I act like a responsible adult and stay home or go PARTY HARDY with my friends?!? Stay tuned...
(p.s. I will do a proper tutorial on these, and a couple more ornaments I came up with, soon...)