Celebrating the 1st Advent with Boutis
Just in time for the season, I finished these three elegant little boutis ornaments designed by my friend Karen at Averyclaire NeedleArts and available as a kit in her ETSY shop. Using only a running stitch, these ornaments come together quickly and easily following Karen's clearly written instructions.
Included in the kit are all materials required to finish the project, including three different colours of yarn. From time to time, a hint of colour may be added to boutis by cording the channels with a coloured yarn instead of the traditional white. I chose to do the first ornament below, "Noel", using only red yarn for the cording.
The snowflake is done in the traditional white on white.
The colours of yarn included in the kit are white, red and green. The last ornament has been corded with all three colours.
There are a number of ways to finish the edges of a boutis piece. The most common, and the method I used on the first two ornaments, is a narrow rolled hem invisibly stitched to the back of the piece. Another technique frequently used on smaller projects is the buttonhole stitch, which I have used in this last ornament below.
The ornaments are available in a kit which includes the 3 patterns with clear, concise instructions, fabrics, thread, yarn, needles and finishing ribbon. The little crystal on the ribbon was my own addition. Because they do whip up fairly quickly, there's still time to get them done for Christmas.
Further information on these kits can be found at Averyclaire NeedleArts.