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Dresden Rosette Ornaments

Dresdens come in many different sizes and designs; often, they are cut with antique dies that have been in use for decades. For many of our ornaments, we stacked a few Dresdens, giving the end result a more detailed and dimensional look. 

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 2015

materials

  • 2 rolls wide ribbon, 38 and 50 millimeters

  • Fabric scissors

  • Sewing supplies

  • Clear fabric glue (Pictured: Magna-Tac fabric glue, $12 for 8 oz., mjtrim.com.)

  • Dresdens (Pictured: Silver stars #8312, ornaments #7817, assorted stars #W749, and star foil Dresdens #8357, all in Silver, from $3 each, rosemille.com; Large silver Dresden star, medium silver Dresden foil medallion, extra-large silver Dresden foil filigree snowflake, and Silver Bumpy Victorian double stars, by 32 Degrees North, from $4 each, vintage-ornaments.com.)

  • Jump ring (Pictured: Bead Landing jump rings, in Silver, $3 for 105, michaels.com.)

  • Thin wire

  • Wire cutters

steps

  1. Cut a 10 1/2-inch length from 38-millimeter ribbon or a 14½-inch length from 50-millimeter ribbon. Hand-sew a loose running stitch along ribbon edge, gathering fabric as you go. Pinching gathered fabric, pull needle out and pull thread taut. Backstitch to hold gathers in place. Stitch together the two short ribbon ends.

  2. Glue Dresden to center of rosette. Stitch on a jump ring for hanging; add wire to jump ring to hang ornament.

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