Hows Christmas going you ask?
Well it's not...not yet,
we have way too much diy stuff happening to think about
So I thought I'd answer a question regarding my quilted star garland instead!
Mad cat quilts asked :
Lovely! How did you attach the string to the back? Can you show a pic?
Over the years I have developed my own way of
I do not like anything too 'frou frou'.
(fussy bows and ribbons need not apply)
As with my patchwork style
I like to mix and match.
I love using the rough with the smooth
or the new with the old.
I use garden twine for many of my decorations
but as it's Christmas I have splashed out with a
Okay back to the question!
Sometimes those hand me down bags of vintage 'stuff'
contain gems like the awesome set of needles*.
I'm not about to start repairing tents or the like
I am just sharing the tools I use to wangle the larger threads
through my creations.
One of my pet hates are decorations that have the loop running from front to back
which means I am forever twisting ornaments round.
So the above picture is my all time favourite hanging method.
Thread an upholstery needle
and make a running stitch at the top of your decoration,
remove the needle and pull the threads so they are even.
Next pull out the stitch (just a little) to form a loop,
feed the ends through and pull up tight.
Finish off by knotting the ends together.
In answer to the question about the stars
I simply thread the twine through the backs
using a running stitch
which means the stars are not stuck in one position
and can move about.
That was all a bit too heavy
for such a simple question!
I think I need some light relief!
*a certain amount of force is still needed
even with these giant needles!