I love this Liberty Christmas Garland that Ruth from the studio has made. It is super cute, festive and looks great above a fire place.
Here’s Ruth to tell us about the lovely project.
“I got the idea for this garland from Pinterest. I was browsing around for Christmas decorations and loved this one. I especially liked the idea of doing English paper Piecing (EPP) and it was a small enough project to give it a go. I figured that if I didn’t enjoy it then I would have made one decoration for the tree.”
“Once I started, I found that I really enjoyed it. Once I’d cut the fabric pieces out at home I took the project out and about with me when ferrying the children around to their various clubs. I also really enjoyed sitting down in the evenings to sew.”
“I loved the Christmassy colours of these two fabrics, Capel B-40 and Magical Forest A. I wanted the garland to look fairly uniform with two contrasting fabrics. I used two fat quarters of fabric but have plenty left over. I used Jewel shaped hexiforms from Ashmead designs. These are similar to paper shapes but made of fabric which replace the paper used in EPP. These give the finished project more structure as they are thicker and you leave them in the finished project (unlike the usual paper in EPP which you remove).”
“I glued the fabric to the hexiform shape. Using two pieces of fabric and two hexiform shapes for each section of the star meant that I could simply sew the two pieces together using a hidden stitch (a ladder, slip or blind stitch). I stitched on both sides to give a neat finish. To finish the garland, I sewed the red striped string onto the ribbon and attached the stars at regular intervals and finished each off with a ♡ button. I’m so pleased with the garland. It fits perfectly over my mantlepiece.”
Thank you so much for sharing your project with us Ruth. It’s completely gorgeous!