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Monday, July 30, 2012

My Crown Jewel

Hello my dear friends,

having no rock to shovel has been such a blessing you have no idea. My arms were aching so much lately that at times I almost couldn't pick up anything that had some weight to it. So, what better to do then relax and ... create!! Yes, finally time to use my hands for more delicate things like sewing and gluing (chuckle)!

I was very lucky to have a wonderful project on hand that I could work on and it was ... my felted crown kit from Donna Goss. I sat down and took my time making her beautiful creation and I enjoyed it so much especially that hand sewing part of it.

I almost never use a sewing machine when I create, even when I quilt, everything is hand sewn from start to finish. When my husband was in Bosnia for 6 months fighting a war many years ago I made a king size quilt for our bed and I worked on it every day and especially at night when I couldn't sleep and every stitch is by hand. I am sure there are still one or two tiny blood stains hiding somewhere from my fingers being so sore and pricked so many times but there is nothing more relaxing to me than sitting down and sewing something in piece and quite.

So ... where was I ... oh, yes Donna's felted crown. I had so much fun making it and love the result! There were so many bits and pieces in the kit to embellish the crown but I decided that I liked the 'less  is more' look for mine. After this one I am sure I will be trying to make another one once I can get my hands on some wool felt which I am going to have to order from the States because for some reason I can't seem to find it here anywhere.

And here is ...

... my crown jewel!

I really like that way this little piece turned out!

I decided not to slip stitch my crown like Donna but I used a blanket stitch instead to sew my felt together.

I love the way the delicate lace, rhinestones and other trim just harmonize with the rough felt!

I am so happy I got the chance to make one of Donna's felted crowns and I am sure this won't be the last one I would have made.

If you don't know Donna's work, why not pop over to her blog and take a look!

And last but not least ...

I am actually doing a bit more creating and making these past few days, so if you have a spare moment  why not stop by here at Todolwen ... you never know what I might have waiting for you to see.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Your crown is beautiful! I love that rose trim with the rhinesones in the middle. Thanks for sharing, I have been checking out those crowns also.

  2. Well, that was definitely worth waiting for, the crown is so beautiful. I really like your idea of the blanket stitch, and the fact that you didn't use lots of decorations on it just makes it a fabulous piece of understated elegance. GORGEOUS!

  3. This is so lovely! Your own crown jewels....

  4. Oh Karen, your crown turned out absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I just love everything about it...and your hand stitching is so wonderful to me ~ just gorgeous dear friend! I'm so glad you've had a break from working outside and creating something lovely inside now! hugs and love, Dawn

  5. Your creations are always amazing and this crown is no exception. I love the simplicity of it and the trims that you chose are beautiful! Crown jewels indeed!!