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Trish Goodfield, a Magazine Craft Columnist, shares her daily crafting journeys into dyeing, kumihimo and embroidery. Check out her <a href="http://trishalandesigns.blogspot.com/">blog</a> for more crafts.

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  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 1
    Step 1

    You will need a wooden curtain ring with the screw eye attached. Thread, tapestry needle, beads(optional), ribbon to hang.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 2
    Step 2

    How much thread you will need depends on how big the curtain ring is and how much filling of the centre you plan to do and type of thread. For the orange one I used 2.5 skeins of Stranded Cotton. Unravel the skein so the thread pulls freely. Hold the tail of the thread as in the picture.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 3
    Step 3

    Make a loop over the tail of the thread. Pull the remaining thread through the loop (imagine a button hole stitch).

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pull the "knot' firmly capturing the tail of the thread securely.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 5
    Step 5

    repeat this step a couple of times then cut off the excess tail.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat this step until the entire ring is covered. Make sure that you roll the 'knot' to the inside.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 7
    Step 7

    Keep going.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 8
    Step 8

    Just a little bit further.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now we are going to make the spokes. I thread the needle (with this thread) before starting this step as its easier than stopping a doing a bit later. Wind the thread around the outside of the ring, down the front side, around the back. You need to be careful here that the point where the threads cross on the top is centred. Ignore the back for the time being.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 10
    Step 10

    The photo below shows and even number of spokes on the top. You need an odd number.

  • Step 11

    Bring the thread from the back onto the front side. Instead of winding completely around push the needle down to the back at the half way point.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now you are going to secure the centre point and at the same time bring the back threads into alignment with the top threads. With the needle threaded criss cross across the centre point pulling the back threads into place as you go. Continue until all are aligned. This is important. If you don't make sure that they are aligned before beginning weaving your button will be off centre. Try and keep the centre neat but don't stress too much as it can be covered by beads or sequins.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now we are going to starting filling in the centre. This is a basic over, under weave. This is why you needed an odd number of spokes. I always start at the top near the scew eye.
    Over.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 14
    Step 14

    Under

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 15
    Step 15

    Continue over, under until you get back to the top. The odd number automatically makes sure that the next time around the moves are the opposite.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 16
    Step 16

    Now is when you get to start to personalise you decoration. There is no need to completely fill in the centre. You can see by the samples that I decorated all differently.

  • How to make a Christmas tree ornament. Dorset Button Christmas Decoration - Step 17
    Step 17

    I sewed beads on to the front.

    Don't forget the back.It will be seen hanging on the tree. Add some ribbon through the screw eye and pop it onto your tree.

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sue d.
sue d.
These are very nice - and different to the usual stuff. Thanks for the tutorial.
Trish G.
Trish G. · 4 projects
Thanks Sue. It was lovely to be reminded of this project. It seems almost forever ago since I posted them,
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artjunkie *.
artjunkie *.
wow! i need the ringy things now!
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Claire M.
Claire M. · Manchester, England, GB · 4 projects
Very pretty Happy
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Haylowbabe
Haylowbabe · 4 projects
Aww these are really cute!
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CO + K User

Looks like a fun but patient work!
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Ria S.
Ria S. · Hinckley, England, GB · 10 projects
These are adorable! I am going to make some to attach to ifts...I knew I was keeping old curtain rings for a reason! :o)
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Arty Kitkat
Arty Kitkat · St Albans, England, GB · 61 projects
Pretty Happy
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