I am sat in my living room looking out at the snow through the branches of my Christmas tree, we have had about 5 " in just two hours. Am thinking about whether I finish a cardigan I am making for a friend or if I should do some embroidery on another gift? I want to do both!
Now, do you hide your half finished projects? I have just looked in a cupboard and found a sweater for a little girl, half sewn up but I really don't remember knitting it... what am I like?
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Saturday, 11 December 2010
I am trying to be really good this year and make as many gifts as possible... so then I thought how can I save money on my wreath? Well I have to confess each year I have picked up a couple of Christmas fat quarters in the local fabric shop and then I think, what am I actually going to make with this? The obvious answer is a rag wreath.
- You will need a wreath shape, I chose a heart shaped wreath from Goods and Chattels, a lovely local shop - http://www.goodsandchattels.co.uk/ and a selection of festive fabrics from your stash bag.
- Cut your fabrics into 12 - 14" strips between 1 - 2.5" wide, I used pinking shears which means that the fabric will not fray and gives the fabric an interesting finish.
- Take a strip and tie it to the wreath using a reef knot.
- Build up your strips, tying them next to each other and using a selection of festive fabrics
- You will see from the back of the work that it quickly covers the wreath
- Keep working round until the whole wreath is finished.
- Run a ribbon through the wreath to hang it on your front door.
- Stand well back and accept the compliments. The wreath took me approximately two hours from beginning to end and I have to admit to sneaking in a mince pie while I sorted out my fabric and outsinging Annie Lennox as I worked.