The Glittering Snail Finished!

Glittering Snail Ornament

Glittering Snail Ornament

The Glittering Snail Ornament from Stitching A Snail For Storage is Finished!

He was a lot of fun to stitch.  I was introduced to silk gimp and silk purl (as I’ve already said, I don’t know what I will use them for, but I’m sure I’ll find something!). I don’t think I’ve ever stitched anything quite so small, either.

Tricia provided the blue silk thread to make the cord, and a silk fabric to back the ornament, although I think I need more practice at making cord, since mine ended up a bit floppy! However, it has now ended up with the whole thing, from hanging loop to tassel, made from a single length of cord, and I am hanging it up in my living room to keep it from getting crushed.

My local art shop sells cutouts of mount-card, presumably for people to do papercrafts with, but I find they make perfect mounts for this sort of ornament. I used one card for the front and one for the back, lightly glued fine wadding to the card and then stretched the fabric over the top (using glue or thread to secure it, depending upon which seems most appropriate). Front and back are then held together and overstitched, and the stitching can be covered with cord.

I used almost exactly the same technique – on a larger scale – when I was mounting “Starbright” a couple of years ago.


  1. Lady Fi says:

    OH WOW! This is so delightful and charming. Love the colours too.

  2. That is a nice piece.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    That is absolutely beautiful! Something to treasure!

  4. karen says:

    well done, so small yet beautiful. as for the cord thing, maybe it needs a tighter winding? just a suggestion for next time.

  5. coral-seas says:

    Wow, he is lovely. I was thinking that I might start mine this week. Now that I’ve seen yours I am even more keen to get on with him 🙂

    I think that Karen may be right. You have to twist much tighter than you think as you loose a lot of twist when you fold the cord in two and they twist together.

  6. Elmsley Rose says:

    Have you given him a name? I think he deserves one!

  7. Janice says:

    Such intricacy! Well done, Rachel!