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handmade wedding ornaments…

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I just finished up some custom wedding ornaments, and I wanted to write a post about these, because the truth is, this particular order gave me some difficulty. Which means I am EXTRA pleased with the results…they came out so beautifully. My customer sent me materials from her wedding, including pieces of her wedding dress (which of course is always a bit stressful…that is something you do NOT want to mess up!)… there was some satin and netting, a few tiny pieces of beading, and some appliques from the wedding dress. There was also some ribbon with ivy leaves that she wanted a second ornament made from.

fabrics from wedding

As you can see from the photo, everything was just beautiful…that was certainly not the problem. The problem was thinking of a way to make it all work on the ornaments.  The appliqued netting pieces were too large as whole pieces, and the ivy leaves on the ribbon proved to be difficult to work with because of their placement along the ribbon.

But did any of this stop me? Nope! (And hence this blog post! :D) I got to work on the first one she wanted done with the satin and appliques…she wanted this to be a folded star style ornament. This was hard because netting and sheer materials generally don’t work too well with this technique. And also, I wasn’t sure at first how I would incorporate those large appliqued pieces. So, I decided to take a risk…I separated two of the appliques from their netting…

the wedding dress appliques

…the pearls were a little loose, so I went ahead and secured them (so they will never pop off down the road…how terrible would that be?!)

sewing pearl on wedding applique

…and then I placed the appliques in the center of each side of the ornament. I used the satin and sheer netting behind the applique.

using wedding dress applique on custom ornament

I folded the satin for the “quilted star” around the appliques so that were a perfect fit for the center of each side. I did a couple of layers…I thought the white on white was beautiful.

quilted wedding-ornament with dress applique

I then used some of the edging applique… (isn’t this gorgeous, by the way?)

applique for keepsake wedding ornament

…around the circumference of the ornament… it couldn’t have fit any more perfectly. Thrilled, I was!

adding applique around handmade wedding ornament

She also wanted a ribbon wrapped ornament with the ivy ribbon she sent me.

wedding ribbon for ornament

The ivy leaves were far apart from each other on the ribbon…even though I knew I could easily take them off and place them where I wanted, they were glued on, and so the ribbon underneath would be messed up and unusable if I did that. So, wrapping the ball and getting the leaves to be where I wanted them was not easy.

wrapping ribbon around ornament

It took a little manipulation, but I managed to do it. Once I had the ball covered and I was happy with how it looked so far, I went ahead and took a few leaves from the leftover ribbon, and added them to the ornament to make it perfect. I embellished it with some of the tiny pearl strands that she had sent, along with some pearl corsage pins.

Here are the finished ornaments…

So simple, but so pretty!

custom wedding ornament with pearls and ivy

And I just love this one…I want to keep it for myself. But I guess that’d be a little weird, since it’s not from MY wedding dress. :D

custom wedding ornament handmade with dress appliques

custom wedding ornament handmade with dress material

Please let me know what you think!

{ 6 comments… add one }

  • Pat Atkisson June 26, 2011, 1:16 am

    They are just beautiful, and thank you for taking us on your adventure. It was wonderful to see and read about you thought process. Everything you do is such a work of art, but to be able to see it all happen was such a treat. Thank You……

  • ornamentgirl June 26, 2011, 1:21 am

    Thank you so much, Pat… I really appreciate your compliment! I love writing these posts…I would like to do it more often. :)

  • Anne Marie June 26, 2011, 4:04 am

    So very beautiful – your talent is truly amazing!

  • ornamentgirl June 26, 2011, 3:47 pm

    Thank you, Anne Marie! :)

  • Chelx @ boojeebeads.com July 9, 2011, 4:08 am

    So creative! I would like to make one for myself but I’m afraid it would not turn out like that. Wish I have your hands… :)

  • Suzanne Gilberg September 6, 2012, 1:11 am

    I have just joined in and am amazed at the work amd the beauty of what you do and how you do it. I very much enjoy looking at the process of how you do it. Looking forward to the next adventure.

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