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Magnolia Ornaments

Weave a few squares, do a bit of crafting, and create flowers for any season.

Susan E. Horton Dec 8, 2021 - 5 min read

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All photos by Matt Graves

If you are looking for a simple way to make ornaments or decorations for your home, you may like to try these flowers that were featured in Little Looms Holiday 2020. I've made a bunch of them. You can weave a few squares at a time and when you have a stack, put the flowers together production style. Clipped on a tree branch they sit up like a magnolia or water lily. I think a group of them would even make a pretty wreath. Although these are in holiday colors, they could be just as fun in colors that evoke other seasons of the year. Enjoy! -Susan

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A quick and easy pattern in Little Looms 2016 for a pin-loom flower fascinator inspired these flower ornaments. The clothespin fastener allows you to use and reuse the flowers as decorations for the table, packages, or a holiday tree. Make a few of them, mixing and matching yarns and colors to your heart’s desire.

Resources

Garton, Christina. “Flower Fascinator.” Easy Weaving with Little Looms, 2016, 48 and 54.

MATERIALS

Type of Project: Pin Loom

STRUCTURE Plain weave.
EQUIPMENT 4" x 4" square pin loom; 6" weaving needle; packing comb or fork; tapestry needle.
YARNS Warp and Weft: 2-ply wool (Highland; 200 yd/3.5 oz; 900 yd/lb; Harrisville Designs), 1 or 2 colors for the flowers and 1 green-leaf color, 9 yd each color.
Note: Any worsted-weight yarn will work for this project. Wool yarns that full slightly during wet-finishing will give your flowers a bit more shape.
OTHER SUPPLIES Clothespin; hot glue gun with glue stick; 3 or 4 small pom-poms; paint for clothespin (optional). DIMENSIONS Woven sizes: Three 4" x 4" squares on loom. Finished size: (after wet-finishing and assembly) 3½" x 3½".

Project Steps

  1. Following the manufacturer’s directions, weave 3 squares, 2 in colors of your choice for the flower petals and 1 in green for the leaves. Weave in tails before removing from the loom.
  2. Wet-finish in warm water with agitation to full the wool slightly.
  3. Fold one flower square in half twice to form a small square. Find the corner that would be the center of the unfolded square and slip the tapestry needle under the two crossed threads at the tip of that corner. These should be the warp and weft threads crossing at the center of the full-size square. Gently but firmly pull these threads out, gathering the sides of the square to create a flower shape. Make sure the threads are pulled tightly and evenly, and adjust as needed. Tie the pulled threads into a square knot at the back of the flower and fluff the petals as needed. This will be the top part of the flower.
  4. Repeat step 2 for the second flower square and the green leaf square, but don’t pull the threads as tightly. These will be the bottom part of the flower and the leaves.
  5. Place one flower on top of the other so both right sides are facing the same direction. Arrange the flowers so the bottom flower’s petals peek out in the spaces between the top flower’s petals. Use matching thread to sew the two flowers together through the middle.
  6. Place the leaves underneath the two flowers so that the points are peeking out between the bottom flower’s petals. Sew through all three levels to attach the leaves to the flowers.

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  1. Sew 3 or 4 pom-poms in the middle of the top flower, hiding your stitches.
  2. Hot glue the assembled flower with leaves to the top of a clothespin. (If desired, paint the clothespin prior to gluing.)

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