This garland made from paper doilies is such a simple but effective little project, perfect for parties or weddings. I couldn’t resist buying this pack of 100 the other day when I saw them in the sales. It wasn’t till I got home that I realised I would never have enough parties to use them all (which is sad) so I had to think of something else to do with them.
I’ve made garlands before by sewing colourful strips of paper together using my sewing machine and this garland is made in the same way. Once you get the hang of it you can zip through the sewing at a fair old rate!
Simply choose a matching or contrasting cotton and thread your machine so you have the same colour on both bobbins. Place the first doily on the sewing machine plate and set off at a slowish pace sewing down the center of the doily. When you reach the end of one doily feed another under the foot. Once you get the hang of this you can keep going with out stopping but for the first few I was constantly stopping and starting the machine, otherwise I had doilies flying left right and center all around me!
The garlands look really nice hanging vertically down but if you fold the doilys in half you can make a really sweet scalloped effect.
I love the shadows these garlands cast on the walls, when the light is right* you also get a subtle reflection of the doilies colour, which is really pretty.
*my light wasn’t really right… It was a dark and gloomy January day when I made this project!
Buy these doilies from Talking Tables for £4 for 100.
So we are half way through festival season, some big ones have been and gone (and got washed away) and many are yet to come. This year all eyes (well definitely mine) are on Port Eliot festival in lovely Cornwall where as mentioned in my last post Ros Badger and I are running The Badgers Sett craft tent.
On Friday through to Sunday we have a range of workshops and events for festival goers to come and Get Their Craft On. From making paper and fabric floral headdresses to learning to crochet there’ll be something for everyone and we are hoping our little yurt (right by the Fortnum and Mason Tea Rooms) will be a oasis of crafty calm.
Ros and I have been busy busy busy working on project prototypes and thinking about how we are going to decorate our yurt. We have some very glamorous neighbours – Anthropologie, Barbara Hulaniki, Simone Rocha and Luella Bartley to name a few* – so we need to be flying the craft flag loud and proud.
All of our workshops are free and all materials provided (still looking for scissor donations if anyone knows a scissor maker with a couple of dozen going spare!!) We have a few pre-bookable slots (email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the form at the end of this post to get your name on the list) or you can sign up when you are at the festival or just pop in.**
This is what we will be up to:
11-12pm Glorious garlands, soar-away streamers & big ol’ bunting
2-3pm Fabulous festival headdresses
5.30-6.30pm Paper boats flotilla
7pm Candle lit regatta on the estuary
10-11am Pom-tiddily-om-pom-pom making
11.30-12.30pm Fabulous Festival Headresses
1. 30-2.30pm Fantastic fabric and felt flowers
3-4pm Beginners crochet
4.30-5.30pm Perfect Paper pinwheels
10.30- 12pm Sunday morning craft chill out
For more information on each workshop click here to download the whole programme and use the form below to reserve a place stating what workshop and when you’d like to come along.
*Oh and of course there’s music and food and readings and dancing … but who’s going to have time for all that?
**Obviously you have to have a festival ticket to take part in any of these events but you can still buy them here. Booking a place on a workshop does not give you entry to the festival.
I’ve mentioned before my love of seemingly pointless little bits of printed paper and ephemera. It’s a love that isn’t going anywhere any time soon, in fact if anything I think it might be growing.
At college I was quite organised with my scraps of serviettes, ticket stubs and foreign sweet packets and I kept them all filed in a series of photo albums. Over time these albums have been neglected and now my precious pieces of paper are stored in drawers; knicker drawers, sock drawers, knife, fork and spoon drawers. Essentially anywhere in the house that I can tidy them away quickly always promising that I Will Deal With Them One Day. Well, that day has come. Having found two lovely large box frames at a boot sale the other day I realised they would be the perfect showcase for my papery bits ‘n’ bobs.
I have made one for my bedroom and one for the lounge. I painted the backing card the colour of the walls and mounted the pieces using a mixture of spray mount, foam pads (the kind used in Decoupage to give height) and small dress making pins. I didn’t want all the pieces to be stuck down flat so using a mixture of these three sticky things I was able to keep a nice variety of heights and shapes.
Some of the pieces are personal to me; that’s my birth announcement in the bottom right. Some are holiday reminders; Finn Air towelette anyone? But all of them have a nice bit of design going on and inspire me every time I look at them.
pictures behind glass are hard to photograph
If you want to start (or develop) your own paper addiction then always look in the small dusty boxes at car boot sales and junk shops or head over to Present and Correct for your next fix.
I originally made these giant rosettes for my book Scissors, Paper, Craft and I reckon with a little switcheroo from wallpaper to shiney and sparkly christmas gift wrap they would make the perfect wall decoration for your lounge or dining room this festive season.
This project was up on the Laura Ashley blog a little while ago and when I was walking past my local store at the weekend I spotted some beautiful gold versions adorning their Christmas window display!
Here are the instructions. Enjoy.
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