The last few years I've made Christmas ornaments for my friends, and this year I did two separate batches. The first were done using my embroidery machine. There are so many cute embroidery patterns and I hardly ever use my embroidery set up, so I had some fun making these. Luckily the stitch outs went fine and my machine ran smoothly. I think my tension is still off, but since I matched the bobbin and top thread it isn't too obvious. The pattern is from urban threads (my favorite). To give you an idea of scale, they're about 2.5-3" wide.
These next ones are hand embroidered and beaded. I've been on a chi-rho kick lately (I did several ornaments with that symbol this year), I think as a result of just finishing a really superb podcast on the history of the Roman empire. You should definitely check it out, it's fabulous to listen to in the car or while sewing. I did most of the beading/embroidery in the car, and they're about 4" across.
I really had a great time making all of these, and I hope my friends like them!