Thursday, December 5, 2013

Twelve Days of Handmade Christmas - Day 6: Felt Ball Garland

Number six in our series of Twelve (non-consecutive) Days of Handmade Christmas from The Drapery. Handmade Christmas gifts are thoughtful, cost-effective and kind to the earth. And they're just as rewarding to give as they are to receive. Today's idea is one you may choose to give, or make for your own home.


Felt Ball Garland

So simple. Spend a relaxing time threading these felt balls or get the kids on the job!

Materials:

  • Pure wool felt balls from The Drapery
  • Valdani perle cotton
  • Needle with large enough eye for the perle cotton


Cut a piece of perle cotton up to around 2m in length and thread it on your needle. Any longer will become unwieldy to work with.

Leave a bit of thread 'tail' for tying at the end, and make a single knot where you would like your first felt ball to be.

Push the needle through a felt ball (it's easy) and slide it down to the knot.

Make another knot on the other side of the felt ball to hold it in place. Then leave a bit of thread to space the balls out, tie another knot and thread on another ball. And so forth!

Here's a tip for positioning your second knot close to the felt ball: make the knot loosely, then pop the the needle through the loop and push the needle tip into the ball where the thread emerges.

Then as you pull the knot tight, it will slip down the needle and end up placed right on the ball.
Hang your garland on your Christmas tree, in a window, along a mantelpiece or anywhere you choose. The weight of the felt balls gives it a beautiful drape. Or give as a gift!


Previous Twelve Days of Handmade Christmas posts:

- Fiona & Jane xx

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