So Colby’s tree fell over, destroying ornaments. It wouldn’t be very Christmassy of the Twitter community to ignore his plight, would it?
Aw, poor Colby, he had no idea what was about to hit him.
I decided to make Colby, a fellow Michigander, an ornament highlighting where several authors were born or call home. But first, I had to confirm which authors were truly from Michigan.
Here’s the official list of Michigan members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
I like thinking of Michigan authors and illustrators as Natural Resources.
Also, while researching, I learned my lake is the largest in the Mitten State. (I’ve never actually been there.)
Then, I gathered my materials.
I used Giant Dwarf’s Fancy Felt for this ornament. Once you touch it, you will never ever ever again want to use the craft store variety.
I created a key so I’d know where to stitch each author.
Sorry, UP. You’re always getting the short end of the stick. This is by no means a comprehensive list. I picked authors/illustrators I knew and enjoyed.
I needed a heart-shaped stitch that would work well on a small scale, and I thought of the wishbone stitch, signature stitch of The Merriweather Council. So I practiced it.
Satisfied with my work, I printed an outline for my state.
Look at that felt, isn’t it amaaaaaazing?
Then, I realized I needed a reminder on how to sew a blanket stitch, so this video did the trick.
And here’s the final product!