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Glittery Snowflake

Have you ever noticed how snow appears to sparkle on a bright, sunny day? Let’s bring some of that wintry beauty indoors with a glittery snowflake. Yesterday, we learned how to make a lacy snowflake in a fraction of the time it would take for heirloom needlework. Now, we’ll take it one step further and add a little glitz to our creation.

Glittery Snowflake
Glittery Snowflake

 

Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • clear heavy-weight water-soluble stabilizer such as Sulky Ultra Solvy
  • washable marker
  • two layers of fabric slightly larger than your snowflake design
  • sheer sparkly fabric such as tulle or organza
  • small short-bladed scissors with sharp-pointed tips
  • metallic embroidery thread

Trace your snowflake onto clear heavy-weight water-soluble stabilizer using a washable marker. I find that fabric markers don’t show up well on the Solvy; I have better success with the kids’ Crayola markers. Make sure the marker color shows up against your fabric.

Trace snowflake onto Solvy
Trace snowflake onto Solvy

 

Layer two pieces of fabric, wrong sides together, and pin the marked Solvy on top.

Two layers of fabric and Solvy
Two layers of fabric and Solvy

 

Sew through all three layers with a straight stitch on the marked lines. Then, cut out the fabric close to the stitching, but leave the Solvy uncut.

Glittery snowflake cut out
Glittery snowflake cut out

 

Layer the cut-out fabric snowflake onto a piece of glittery tulle or organza. Pin and stitch around the outside edges with a straight stitch.

Glittery snowflake with tulle
Glittery snowflake with tulle

 

Cut away the excess tulle close to the stitching.

Cut away excess tulle
Cut away excess tulle

 

Now, the glittery tulle sparkles through the cutouts on the front side of your snowflake. Choose a metallic thread to match.

Glittery snowflake cut out with tulle
Glittery snowflake cut out with tulle

 

Set your sewing machine to a satin stitch wide enough to cover the cut-out edges and the straight stitches. You may want to test the stitch on scrap fabric to find the best settings. Satin stitch around the cut-out edges. Read more about my three-pass approach for an excellent satin stitch in a previous post.

Satin stitch glittery snowflake
Satin stitch glittery snowflake

 

Once the stitching is complete, soak the fabric snowflake in water to dissolve the Solvy.

Dissolve Solvy in water
Dissolve Solvy in water

 

You may want to frame this creation and proudly display it on a wall! Try threading a piece of shiny Sulky Sliver through each snowflake point and suspending it in a shadow box.

Framing glittery snowflake
Framing glittery snowflake

 

Wasn’t making a glittery snowflake fun? Doesn’t Sulky Ultra Solvy make cutwork embroidery a breeze? Soon, your home will be filled with heirloom needlework and only we’ll know the secret! Stay with us tomorrow as we continue our cutwork journey and learn how to make a snowflake quilt block.

Glittery Snowflake
Glittery Snowflake

Kathy is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué techniques in a “contemporary traditional” style. She lectures and teaches all over the country at guilds, shops and quilt shows and is a CQA/ACC Certified Quilt Judge. Her work has been featured in magazines, and her designs are available as individual patterns as well as in her book “Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts”.

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