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Festive Robins and Rag Wreaths

Soon after we moved into our new home I began putting out food for the birds. After a couple of weeks they tentatively began to come to the bird table and recently they seem to have permanently moved in. We have regular outsize visitors including a wood-pigeon, at least 3 jackdaws and a crow, plus 2 magpies. They vie for space on the table, shoving each other off with their wings: it’s an entertaining sight. I’m beginning to know their behaviour well enough to give each of them names. When they’ve had their fill and fly back to the roof tops, the song birds come in.

Robin tea lights on a hand quilted red and white table runner

I love bringing out my hand quilted Christmas table runner at this time of year. I think the robins like it too!

There’s a blackbird, a robin and a wren and dozens of sparrows too. The robin sits on the handle of a garden lantern nearby, watching me watching him, making sure I’ll do him no harm before his breakfast. He sits for minutes at a time, picture perfect. If I had a snowy garden he’d be perfectly posed for a Christmas card.

Festive Decorations

But we don’t have any snow, sadly. So I’ve been enjoying the robins on my festive decorations instead. They’re slowly beginning to appear, from a string of fairy lights around the window to the sweet robin tea lights my friend gave me as a house-warming gift. I’ve put Kim’s red and white quilt on my chair and my hand quilted Christmas table runner on an old tool chest I use for storage (in the photo above).

More decorations will come out of the cupboard this week to be dusted off and put around the house. We’ll buy a tree too and bring it inside to decorate on Christmas eve. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can finish On The Edge (Floating Squares) this week to put on the wall above the dining table. Progress has been slow but I’ve managed another peaceful hour or so today. And next time I show it to you it’ll be on the wall!

Drum Roll Please!

The run up to Christmas is busy for most of us and I’ve spent the last week or so making gifts for friends and family.  A little over a week ago I showed you a rag wreath I’d made. Several of you said you’d like a tutorial, so after a week of intense writing and photographing, here it is!

How to make a rag wreath. Purpler rag wreath hanging on the wall. © Stephanie Boon, 2016 www.DawnChorusStudio.co,

Learn how to make a rag wreath like this one – follow the link to the tutorial below

A New Rag Wreath Tutorial

I’d be honoured if you take a look and tell me what you think. Is the text clear enough, the layout ok, the photographs good enough?! I’ve been fretting about it and so focussed on it I can’t see the wood for the trees anymore. Most of all, I hope it inspires you to try your hand at one too – go on, there’s a whole week before Christmas and you know you want to!!! (Let’s be honest, there’s not much else to do now is there, haha!)

The tutorial is here, and over the next day or two I’ll add it to the ‘how to‘ page and link it up elsewhere so that it’s easy enough to find.

Now it’s finish, along with the gift making, I’ll be back again in the week to share a couple of other things I’ve been up to. I look forward to catching up with you too, I feel like I’ve been awol for too long!

I’m linking up with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching and look forward to seeing what you’ve been up to too.

Happy stitching

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com

16 replies
    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Cathie 🙂 The candles inside the tea light holders have the most lovely Christmassy scent too. I’ve almost burnt them out, so I’m going to have to get some more before the weekend!

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thank you Pat, I made the runner a couple of years ago. I always seemed to be making handmade gifts for everyone else and never got round to making anything for our own home, so I decided to put us on the list! I should do it every year – a rag wreath would look good I think!!!

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  1. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    Great tutorial Stephie, I haven’t seen these wire forms before so next time I’m down at the shops I shall look around, there is a handcraft place, of sorts, they may have something. Christmas decorations – this is the time of year in England that I miss most of all!! Cold weather, snow if we’re lucky, the smell of the Christmas trees, visiting the markets and the smell of celery and other Christmas time vegetables, mandarin oranges, the list goes on. I shan’t list anything more or else I shall be dripping tears on my keyboard, – not a good look!!
    Your robin tea lights are to die for – just glorious, lovely with the dish on your Christmas table runner. Thanks for sharing these.
    Hope you and Kim have a Happy Christmas in your new home and a wonderful New Year.

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      You forgot chestnuts roasting on an open fire Maureen! I never see them here but I know you can still buy them on the streets in London. They make me think of my mum; she loves them, but I don’t. Although they do smell good. We don’t have an open fire anymore either, which was always my favourite thing at Christmastime with Kim. And the price of Clementines…now that’ll bring tears to your eyes, more than £3 for a small box. And inflation is rising…Oh and still no snow, haha! I hope that’s made you feel better 😀 I was over the moon with the robin tea lights, such a thoughtful gift – one of my favourite birds. I hope you have some success finding a wire wreath form Maureen, you can make them from coat hangers too I believe. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and new year too x

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  2. Bossymamma
    Bossymamma says:

    Thank you for a brilliant tutorial, Stephie. The tips at the start about colour and texture are really helpful (and have reminded me that I need to reread your “colour” series now that life is calmer!). I may well attempt a wreath for next Christmas – to give myself time to think about and plan the colour scheme. Wishing you and Kim a very happy Christmas. ?

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Praise indeed Dina, thank you! You should definitely give it a go, easy and satisfying once you’ve finished 😀 I’m thinking about making an all year round one for my bedroom…thinking about it! Hope you have a lovely Christmas too Dina, and a very happy new year x

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      I think they’re better fed than me Deb!!! Now we don’t have the cats I feel even more determined to encourage the birds into the garden, it’s so rewarding to watch them. I wish I could get some beautiful photos like yours though 🙂 Have a lovely Christmas Deb x

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Thanks Ann 🙂 I love red and white as opposed to the more traditional red and green that we generally see here – it probably has more of a Scandinavian influence, snow and berries rather than holly and berries I like to think! And you’re right, seeing so many friends’ Christmas decorations on their blogs is good fun and really makes me feel festive. I’ll be popping over to see you later, but Merry Christmas to you too! x

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  3. Kaja
    Kaja says:

    The tutorial is really good, Stephie. Photos are clear and very helpful and like others I like the general tips at the top a lot. I might even try a wreath (next year!)

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    • Stephie
      Stephie says:

      Go on Kaja, you know you want sore fingers! Mind you, I think that’s probably the result of the amount I’ve made lately, I’m glad I’ve finished for a while. I’ve got a couple of wire frames left so I think I might make one for me too in the new year, if I get time what with all the quilting I’ve got to catch up on, booo! x

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