Sunday, January 9, 2011
Things You'll Need:
This is the kind I'm using]
- Plastic Canvas [Stars here. This is available at my local Joann's in multiple sizes and shapes including large mats that can be cut into any shape and size!]
- Hot Glue Gun
- Alligator Clips or Brooch Pins
- Decorating items, pearls, beads, rhinestones, puff balls, etc.
To make the exact ones I'm making I used the Star plastic canvas as shown here and cut out the middle of it.
After a few test stars I found that the best star-thickness, personally, is leaving the outside star at least three squares wide, any thinner and you get some pretty scrawny stars.
The smaller star you'll put aside for now, but can be used to make a two-set 'dangle' charm that I have yet to perfect.
I cut out my yarn in arm lengths, length doesn't really matter but I wouldn't suggest going much smaller as the more separate pieces you use, the lumpier the star will be. But don't go too big or you'll be tangling yourself up in the yarn! Haha.
I start in the middle of a pair of the star's 'arms', put the needle through, pull it until just about a half inch of yarn is left on the other side...
You'll get a star like this, it covers all the edges of the plastic canvas and adds to the fluff of the final project. You can choose to cut the thread here and the same half inch of extra yarn, or if you have enough yarn, you can start on the center of the star, doing the same exact thing. Up through, around the edge, and up through again.
You will have a star like this!
Trim off the excess, as long as you don't give the yarn too much of a tug through the next few steps, you'll have no problem with unraveling because the fluffy yarn tends to knot up a little bit and keep itself in place.
Your star will end up like this. Take the ends from all the previous steps [all those little threads that are dangling about] and give them a nice dot of hot glue on one side of the star that will be the 'bottom' [this doesn't really matter as it's almost impossible to see the hot glue if you're delicate about it and your yarn is as fluffy as mine].
Your next step is to braid three pieces of yarn together and proceed to simply wrap it around the star, this will add puffiness and it isn't a time-consuming thing. If the yarn attempts to slide about, you'll need to pull it a bit tighter. A small dab of hot glue towards the points of the star will make sure the yarn stays in place and doesn't turn into a ball.
Your star will end up looking like this, if everything works out!
One thing you'll have to watch out for in this process is losing your patience. The yarn will have a tendency to get bunched up as you're pulling it through the canvas's holes. Simply stop, give the yarn a tug to untangle it, and go again. The lesser the amount you're working with, the easier it will be to thread your star.
After all of this you can go crazy, deck them out with rhinestones, puff balls, pearls, cabochons, bows, etc! A little dab of hot glue will keep these things in place rather well.