Sunday, January 8, 2012

Out with the Old--Garland Tutorial

My house always looks so drab after I take down Christmas decorations, so this year I made a little New Year's garland to add some spark.

It was so fun to do and cleared out some of the old to make way for the new. It's kind of an anything goes project, but here's how I did it.

I started with a very ugly painting exercise (maybe to see how many garish colors I could put in one piece?) I had done on watercolor paper. I kept thinking I'd repaint it, but it was better to get rid of it. On top of it, I free wrote thoughts about what I wanted for the new year.

I punched 2" circles out of that and punched smaller circles and shapes out of other old projects.
I wrote some guiding words for the year on another old painting and tore them into pieces. And cut a pile of silk and velvet fabric scraps.

I built little piles on the 2" circles and anchored them with scribbly free-motion stitching.

Then attached two circles together back-to-back and did more scribbly stitching to hold them together.
And finally I chain stitched them all together into garlands. I like the additional scribbly lines that the loose threads add, so I didn't trim anything.

They were very addicting to make and got rid of some ugly past at the same time.


Anonymous said...

This is such a lovely idea and so positive for the beginning of the year!

Cindy Woods O'Leary said...

Well, aren't you the clever one!? These are fantastic! I might just need to do this instead of clean out my garage. Yet another avoidance! xo

Robin Olsen said...

Oh they are fun and very addicting-- great for avoiding almost anything!

joe said...

what a fun and wondrous way to recreate the old, and unwanted, into something fantastic and fun!!

Jan said...

fun avoidance? Maybe I need some of that! thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

what a great idea! I find that I LOVE the clutter-free surfaces after taking down the decorations, but still would like to try this one.

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Thanks for the fun Toot...I could make one of these garlands just from what is on the floor in my craft/sewing room!

Robin Olsen said...

Oh I love that for a challenge Jeanne!

Stephanie said...

JOYous!! just beautiful!

congrats on the Cloth Paper Scissors article, will go search it out when it's available.

Sharilyn Miller said...

I love these! So much fun, so colorful and creative.