Handmade for the Holidays, Part 1: Garland Galore

26 Nov

Before I get started, don’t forget that I’m having a Thanksgiving weekend sale in my Artfire Studio! Check out the coupon codes on this blog post here, and then get shopping! Remind your loved ones that they can buy you some lovely fibery and yarny goodies while the sale is going on, too!

Ok, this week for Fiber Arts Friday, I’ve been working on some holiday decorations around here. I love handmade decorations just like I love handmade everything else. This week’s theme is garland!

Here’s a photo of a garland I made to hang over a doorway in my dining room for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday:

I made the pumpkins and leaves entirely out of my own handspun, then I strung them up on an extra length of some organic cotton yarn from my stash. The pumpkin pattern was from Natural Suburbia, a fellow Fiber Arts Friday participant. The leaf pattern is crochet, and it came from Crochet Memories.

Here’s a closeup shot of one pumpkin and one leaf:

I’d say this project took me just over an hour total, not counting the spinning time. So it was fast and fun, and it made my home look festive for the holidays.

Now I’m gearing up for Christmas with some handspun garland. I got the idea from Jazzturtle, who is in a Ravelry group with me where we’re doing spinning challenges together. Her handspun holiday garland is absolutely amazing.

So, I went to Homestead Wool and bought some witchy wool (leftovers and seconds, b/c this is for garland and not a wearable item) and some Coopworth locks. I dyed the locks red and green and left the witchy wool in all its natural white, brown and grey glory. Then I tossed it all together like a giant fiber salad with some jumbo bling I bought in the gift wrap aisle of a local store. Check it out:

Now just try and tell me that doesn’t look like a whole lot of fun to spin! I’ve got a LOT of it, and I’m super excited to spin it all!

I knew I wouldn’t be able to make my garland as thick as Esther’s because my wheel just can’t handle that kind of art yarn. So I went for a skinny but still chunky single, and this is what I’ve got so far:

Ack! I’m so in love with this fun, holiday yarn. When it’s all finished I’m going to knit it into a big long i-cord and use it to decorate my tree. I will also probably sew some jingle bells onto it. I was originally going to ply it with thread and sequins, but the jumbo bling is sparkly enough for me, which is saying a lot.

So, what have you been up to in order to decorate your home or get ready for the holidays with your handmade talents? Go on and check out Fiber Arts Friday and see what everyone else is doing, too!

6 Responses to “Handmade for the Holidays, Part 1: Garland Galore”

  1. Stephanie November 26, 2010 at 11:05 pm #

    That handspun garland is a cool idea! I would have thought that the ‘bling’ would get all crinkled and smashed when spinning. The little leaf and pumpkin garland is cool too!

  2. Wonder Why Gal November 27, 2010 at 1:53 am #

    beautiful!
    I plan to knit the autumn knits once I put a dent in my current gift knit list. I love the bling yarn. It will make amazing garland. What a great idea!

  3. AllyB November 27, 2010 at 2:47 am #

    Can’t wait to see your holiday garland. The Thanksgiving one is quite cute. It is amazing how something so simple can give you just the right touch for a holiday. Happy Fiber Arts Friday!

  4. Kathryn | Alpacamundo November 27, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    I really like the tree garland idea, especially with all the crazyness you’ve put into it. I bet it will look great on your tree.

    You’ve caused me to spend some time looking at drum carders today. It’s been on my list for a while, but I think the time has come to move it up a few notches. 🙂

  5. kathi November 27, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    Love that glitzy single-I’ve been thinking of adding some tinsel to some spinning-now I know I will.

  6. kathi November 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    love the glitzy yarn-I’ll have to give it a try-and to answer you about my quilted picture from my blog-I just used a fabric back, lightweight batting and fabric on top-then just sewed the paper and strips and lace to the top-nothing fancy-I’ve thought of sewing light plastic so a picture could just slide in-but haven’t tried it yet. Good luck if you try it.

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