Easter Garland- The Red Headed Hostess

For some reason I’ve been in garland– mode lately.

So it would only stand to reason that I needed to make one for Easter.  Right?   I had no choice – I was in the mode.

 Modehow something is done or how it happens

or here is the math definition

Modethe most frequent value of a random variable

If the variable were my garlands – then that sounds about right.

…so I took out my trusty idea notebook and sketched all sorts of things and this is what I ultimately decided to do:

These first appeared on my front porch in the form of easter sticks

But these are a bit of a step up from those.

Here is what you need:

A variety of bright, happy, springy fabrics

I played the impatient card and picked from the pre-cut fabrics

Its easier to match patterns and colors that way.  Plus I don’t have to haul 12 bolts up to the counter and pretend like I know exactly how much I want cut.  Cause I never do.

You also need white felt and an egg shaped cookie cutter.

Just trace your egg shape onto the felt and cut out a few at a time.

And then have fun designing each little egg.

I started by making all easter-egg-type designs

But then I started doing spring scenes and fell in love with those.

Here you can see the general shapes you need in order to create this little bird.

Side-note:  I love decorating with birds.  Well, the kind that land in my trees.  Not ducks and geese.  That reminds me of the 80’s.   I remember my mom having a collection of forest green fabric inside of those wooden embroidery hoops with geese painted on them.  I loved them at the time.  The time being the 80’s.

Here’s another bird

In his nest.  I love him.

And a little chick.  I wasn’t overly concerned with having perfect circles and straight  lines.  I think the imperfections add to the charm of it all.

Also, I didn’t match my threads to the fabric.  Mostly because I didn’t want to keep changing the threads.  But, also, because I liked seeing the threads.  And I like saying threads as many time in one paragraph as possible.

Green grass.  Simple.

A tree and his leaves

Blossoming branches.  Love these.

Here is how you make those little blossoms:

Thread 2 circles on your needle, like so.

Push to the end of the thread where the knot is waiting for him

Then attach him to the tree

At this point you can manipulate the blossom by adding stitches here and there

Here is another use of the blossom technique

There are more than 2 circles on most of these.

Note: there are blue flowers in this spring scene.  The florist in me felt uncomfortable doing this since there is an extreme shortage of naturally blue flowers in this world.

And on another related note:  through some great irony, a large percentage of brides want blue flowers in their wedding which will limit them to about 3 trustworthy options.  Remember that future brides.  Wanting blue flowers as a primary flower may give you bridal trauma.

Unless you are stitching them on a felt egg.  Then you can have as many as you want.

After rummaging through my other cookie cutters, I found these.  And did this.

And here is the happy family

To make the garland, I chose 2 different types of yarn.

I decided to double up the thinner yarn and tied knots every 6 or so inches

 Then put 2 strips of hot glue on the back side of the egg and press the yarn into place

I put a new egg on every 3 inches.  Or so.

And then I hung them up:

I like them to overhang about 1 foot.  I don’t like them too long.

And I like to have the same egg design on both ends.  I like the sense of balance and that all things are right in the world.

Happy Easter!  And Spring.

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