Christmas tree ornaments

Christmas tree with tatted ornaments on wandasknottythoughts
This is our Christmas tree this year, the same one I used at the craft show a few weeks ago.  It’s about 24 inches tall and is decorated entirely with tatted ornaments.  They can’t really be called snowflakes as most of them have have eight points, though a few have more.  I’ve wanted to have a tree decorated like this for years and this is the first time it’s happened.  It took a lot of these little decorations to dress this little tree – there are more than 30 on the front and sides.  I’m glad they were quick and easy.
Tatted Christmas tree ornaments on buttons on wandasknottythoughts
They may not be snowflakes but they do have at least one feature like them: no two are the same.  Even when the plan was to make a duplicate the stitch count usually changed or a ‘mistake’ changed the finished ornament.  That one with the blue button on the bottom left? The plan was to be the same as the one in the middle, but the stitch count should have been changed a bit because of the difference in button size – it wasn’t changed (enough) and it ended up being finished a bit different.
When these were first started the plan had been to use only red and green buttons.  Why?  It just sounded good at the time.  Then I got to thinking about Christmas tree lights and all the colors that were used.  So instead of being choosy it became much more random – reach into the button jar and use whatever came out.  I have several button jars, this one contains bright colored, modern buttons, which makes for a bright, happy tree.
Large tatted Christmas tree ornament on a button on wandasknottythoughts
This button is a bit larger than the others and it’s the only one this size that I made.  No, I didn’t plan for it to end up like this when I started but I think it came out well.  It’s a little too big to fit in with the other tatted ornaments but it’s on the tree anyway.
How have you decorated your tree? Do you have tatting on it?
“O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
What happiness befalls me when oft
at joyous Christmas-time
Your form inspires my song and rhyme.
O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree,
What happiness befalls me”
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11 thoughts on “Christmas tree ornaments”

  1. These are lovely fun! Absolutely wonderful 🙂 I think I will have to find a little tree and see if I can fill it…though it will likely take me several years, always seem to be giving away all the things I manage to get made 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for this post! I was curious about these delightful ornaments, as I noticed them on the photo of your 'craft show' post, and I didn't think I had seen them before on your blog. I detected some 'color' in them, and now I see that the buttons provide the color! Brilliant! They look fabulous on your tree!

    In answer to your question, the 4-foot tree I take to the festivals is, in fact, my 'official' Christmas tree, which will take its proper place in the living room after this weekend's event at Old Economy Village. It is a sampler of my tatting done between 1991 and 1995 (the 'frenzy years'), when I was coming up with all kinds of ideas, especially the 3-D items. And, in Victorian style, I used ribbons and feathers and beads to decorate most of them. (I have yet to show many of the individual items on my blog, but hope to do so in the future!) I do have a photo of the tree in my long-ago post of August 22, 2008. It hasn't changed too much since then!

    Have you seen the amazing tree pictured on Diane's blogpost of Dec. 20, 2012? It is the 'fantasy tatted tree' that we all dream about, and if I recall correctly is at least 7' tall and has over 900 tatted ornaments on it!! (Yes, 900!) The ornaments were done by Tatting Marie from Texas. She sent the photo to Diane, as she has no blog! And she visited the Tollway Tatters in 2013! Diane posted photos of the visit on her post of August 8, 2013. I wrote to Marie to inquire if she left the tree decorated and just stored it somewhere (I was hoping that was the case), but she said she decorates it each year! My head spins thinking about it!

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