Snowflake Gar­land

No. 1 Magazine - - SCOTLAND’S NO.1: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL -

Red-and-white dec­o­ra­tions are al­ways a stylish choice at Christ­mas. This sim­ple Nordic-in­spired gar­land, em­broi­dered on felt and strung along a bright red cord or rib­bon, will add a touch of Scan­di­na­vian charm to your man­telshelf or tree. Keep ac­ces­sories sim­ple and, if you wish add some fo­liage for a look that is rus­tic but mod­ern.

MA­TE­RI­ALS

• Pen­cil

• Pa­per

• Scis­sors

• Pins

• Ap­prox. 4 x 4 in. (10 x 10 cm) thick white felt for each star

• Air-erasable pen or dress­maker’s pen­cil • Dress­maker’s car­bon pa­per

• 2.2 yd (2 m) red cord, rib­bon, or felt string

• Red em­broi­dery floss (thread)

• Em­broi­dery nee­dle

• Sewing nee­dle and match­ing thread

1

Copy the star tem­plate and stitch pat­tern (there is a choice of two pat­terns) onto pa­per and cut out the shape. Pin the tem­plate to the felt. Use an air-erasable pen to draw around the star shape and cut out. Cut as many stars as you want for your gar­land.

2

Put a sheet of dress­maker’s car­bon pa­per on top of the felt star shape, with the col­ored, car­bon side face down. Place the star tem­plate on top. Draw over the de­sign with a pen­cil to trans­fer the em­broi­dery pat­tern onto the felt.

3

Us­ing red or con­trast­ing em­broi­dery floss (thread) and fol­low­ing the stitch guide on the tem­plate, em­broi­der the pat­tern on to the felt star. This trans­forms the star into a pretty snowflake.

4

Po­si­tion the fin­ished stars along the length of cord at 15 3/4-in. (40-cm) in­ter­vals, sewing in place with match­ing thread. Make two loops in be­tween each star and se­cure with a couple of stitches.

Snowflake Gar­land by Clare Youngs. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Claire Richards

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