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.
• 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
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.
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.
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.
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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