Monday, December 2, 2013

EIGHT POINT SNOWFLAKE

 

This year our Christmas will be a bit different.  Hubby and I sold off our house and most of our furniture, stored the rest, then set out to live in our 5th Wheel travel trailer.  Space is VERY limited.  We started looking at some small artificial trees.....and even toyed with the idea of getting a live potted tree that we could keep outside on nice days.  We are on the Coastal Bend in South Texas so nice days are aplenty!!!  But then some good friends gave us a small table top tree that solved our dilemma. Then I set to work making roll stitch snowflakes and tiny snowflakes.  But it just wasn't enough.  I needed something to top the little tree with.  That is when I got the idea for this Eight Point Snowflake.  It looks lovely with or without the faceted jewel in the center and made a perfect topper for my tiny tree!!!!

***Feel free to make as many of these as you want for profit, but remember to give credit to me, Amy B Stitched, or link back to this page!!***   



 

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Eight Point Snowflake

materials:
size 10 cotton thread
size 8 steel crochet hook
commercial fabric stiffener
waxed paper
piece of Styrofoam or cardboard
straight pins
1" round faceted jewel and hot glue gun (optional)

Round 1: Ch 4, 11 dc in first ch from hook.  Sl st in top of ch 4 to join. (12 dc)
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same st.  2 dc in each st around. Sl st in top of ch 3 to join. (24 dc)
Round 3: Ch 3, [dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in same st.  * Skip 2 sts, [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in next st, repeat from * around. Sl st in top of ch 3 to join. 
Round 4: Sl st to ch 2 sp. Ch 3, [dc, ch 2, 2 dc] in ch 2 sp, * ch 2, sl st in sp after 2 dc, ch 2, ** [2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc]. Repeat from * around ending at **. Sl st in top of ch 3 to join.
Round 5: Sl st to ch 2 sp.  Ch 3, [dc, ch 7, sl st in 3rd ch from hook (picot), ch 5, 2 dc] in ch 2 sp, * ch 3, sc in top of sl st form previous row, ch 3 **, [2 dc, ch 7, picot, ch 5, 2 dc]. Repeat from * around ending at **. Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join.  Finish off. 



Saturate completed snowflake in commercial fabric stiffener.  Gently squeeze out excess.  Pin snowflake to waxed paper covered Styrofoam, gently stretching points evenly.  Allow to dry completely.  Attach jewel if desired using hot glue gun. 





Our little Christmas tree for our 5th Wheel!!  I still need a few snowflakes more to fill it up the rest of the way.  I used the Eight Point Snowflake as the tree topper.....I Love the way it looks with the jewel reflecting the light. It looks more like a star than a snowflake this way!!