The Snowflake Ball is a three-dimensional, beaded needlework piece that is constructed based on one of the Archimedean Solids called a truncated octahedron. You don’t have to understand geometry to stitch this fun piece. Students will learn how to use Sticky Fabri-Solvy ™ to transfer the snowflake patterns onto the fabric. Many tips and instructions assist the student in embroidering the snowflake designs using backstitch on cotton fabric. The snowflakes are then embellished with seed beads and bugle beads to make the snowflakes sparkle. Lastly, the student learns how to put all the pieces together to construct and properly stuff a beautiful Snowflake Ball.
Project: Three-dimensional stitched ball
Size: Large Ball: 20″ circumference; Small Ball: 18 1/4″ circumference
Color Choices: A blue and white color way and a white color way are shown in the instructions. Students may choose their own colors
Fabric: 100% woven cotton fabric.
Supplies Used: A variety of threads may be used including DMC or Anchor stranded floss; silk such as Soie Cristale or Waterlilies; metallics such as Gutermann or Kreinik Very Fine (#4) Braid, seed and bugle beads. Threads must be colorfast.
Proficiency Level: All levels
Prerequisites: Needlework basics such as threading the needle and putting fabric into a hoop
Time: Four lessons over five months
Approximate Cost of Supplies(2016): $35 to $55 depending on thread choices.
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About Denise Harrington Pratt
Denise Harrington Pratt is an artist and needlework designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a passion for counted thread embroidery on linen. Denise has been teaching needlework since 1995. She has taught at Spirit of Cross Stitch Festivals, National and Regional Seminars for the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Inc., and EGA chapters. Denise is an active member of our Southern Maine Chapter.
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