I am really thrilled at the overwhelming response of the ornament sets that I featured here over the past couple of days. For someone such as myself who works here from home, it is a great boost to hear so many positive responses from everyone. It lights my fire and makes me want to do even better!
I know that many of you are waiting for me to offer the pattern for those ornaments on my site. Several of you have asked, and I want to say that we are planning a site update for early next week, as soon as I am finished writing the pattern packets for the new items. Keith has some wonderful new plaques as well, and we will be adding his patterns to the site at the same time. If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up for our newsletter and you will receive the announcements of our new patterns. ( http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/mailing-list )
Since the ornaments that I had shown were a tad more difficult to cut, I also wanted to design a simpler set that hopefully would be just as nice. I spent the past couple of days drawing and I think I came up with a good mix of Christmas shapes that have Damask motifs cut into them, but aren’t as tricky as the previous sets. This way someone who is newer to scrolling or just starting out can give it a try.
I love doing the Damask style patterns. They are fun and pretty and there are a huge variety of ways to finish them. I think they are a good project for beginners because if someone were to cut slightly off the line, who is to be the wiser? The patterns are very forgiving and fun and I think relaxing to cut.
The ornaments set that I drew yesterday is what I call “petite.” I kept the ornaments about 2.5” at the longest point because there are so many larger ornaments out there that I find it sometimes difficult to find something that is suitable for smaller trees, wreaths, etc.
One would think that you could just reduce the pattern size if you wanted to make things smaller, but in something that is scrolled, the smaller the pattern, the more difficult it is to cut the design and the more fragile the piece will be. It is for this reason that I started out smaller, keeping the design a bit simpler and I will be offering two sizes of the designs in one pattern packet – the smaller original and one that is 25% larger.
Below is a sample of one of the ornaments.
I will spend today at my wonderful Excalibur saw cutting. I don’t think they will take very long to complete, and hopefully I will also get them finished to show tomorrow. Then I will spend the next couple of days writing up all the pattern packets and getting the site updated.
That’s my plan anyway . . .
I have some painting that I want to do and I want to actually finish with all of my instructions by the end of the day Saturday so I can take Sunday as a day of do-anything-that-I-want-to-do-painting. I realize that it has been a long time since I have done that and it is a habit that I want to get back into. I think the day “off” of doing what is expected of me will do wonders for me in the long run. :)
The wind died down here after a very windy day yesterday. It is cool and sunny out this morning. It looks to be a beautiful day.
I hope you all have a wonderful day as well.
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