Tuesday, July 7, 2015

It's Cherry Season...

Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

We have been enjoying cases of 
dark sweet cherries at our house.
Eating them fresh from hand
and canning them to 
enjoy in the colder months of winter.



Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

A few weeks ago, in my Embroidery Guild,
we did a small "make it - take it".
~  Cherry Clusters ~

They make great package toppers
or I like to hang them from knobs or
my repurposed door knob (above).

Read on, to learn how to make 
a cherry cluster for yourself...





CHERRY CLUSTER

Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Supplies needed:
two - 3 inch red cotton fabric circles
2 jumbo size cotton balls
one - 11 inch piece of green florist wire (24 gauge)
one - 6.5 in. x 1/4 in. piece of green wool fabric
thread, sharp needle, small scissors and a pencil


Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Smooth wire with fingers.  
Find center of wire and gently bend in half.
Twist wire to form a small loop at top.


Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

With wrong side of fabric facing you, 
use fingers to fold fabric edge over approximately
1/4 inch or less.  As you fold over raw edge,
sew a loose running stitch, through both layers, 
around edge.  (Do not remove needle or cut thread.)


Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Take one end of wire and "string" cotton ball 
through center.


Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Find center of fabric circle. 
On wrong side of fabric, using wire end
that has cotton ball on it,
"string" the fabric circle onto wire.


Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Bring circle of fabric up and over cotton ball, 
tucking the cotton ball into the circle.


Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Begin to gently cinch the opening closed on the circle,
by pulling on the thread.  Once top is snugly
cinched closed, knot securely.


Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Begin wrapping end of wire, that has cherry on it, 
onto a pencil.  Wrap a few times around
pencil and then slide wire off of pencil.


Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

This will form a "curly Q" at bottom of cherry.

*Repeat steps for second cherry on cluster.*


Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

Snugly tie a thin strip of green wool onto top of wire,
just below loop in wire.
No need to knot.


Cherry Cluster "How To / Tutorial" - ThreeSheepStudio.com

These cherries would look great 
on a Ball jar of canned cherries
or cherry preserves.
(I'm already thinking of 
Christmas gifts !)

Have a lovely, creative day !
Rose


7 comments:

  1. Too cute Rose. A great idea for wreaths, packages and just to hang on a peg. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. thank you for sharing. These are cute and easy. love them

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  3. thank you for sharing. These are cute and easy. love them

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  4. Very cute project, Rose. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  5. Didn't make it to the cherry sale at Aldi's today. They have been so sweet! Thanks for the tut - cute as heck.

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  6. Love the repurposed door knob.
    Thanks for sharing the cherry instruction.
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

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  7. Very cute! I can picture a whole length of garland made with those... use it to decorate a Summer porch... :-)

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So glad to have you here visiting...
would love to hear your thoughts !
Rose