A few days before Christmas 2021, Bob and I received a precious and long-awaited gift: a certificate of occupancy for our dream home in Outer Banks. We’ve engineered nearly every square inch ourselves to reflect our passion for mid-century design, industrial design, and elegant yet warm simplicity.
Since we didn’t have time to hang a lot of wreath there before Christmas, I thought about how I’d like to set the house for this year’s winter holidays. I prefer a simple style of decorating even in our Virginia Beach home, which, while it has some of the same vibe, is a little less minimal and wrapped in a warmer color palette.
The scoop took off in September when my dear designer friend, David Prescott—mentioned here several times—came over for the weekend to help skillfully design our home for a holiday magazine photo shoot. David will be the first to admit that his signature look is the opposite of minimalism, but he understands our aesthetics intimately—he designed the floral components for our minimalist outdoor wedding OBX—and incorporated perfect holiday touches into a palette of white and silver.
I wanted a wreath by the door, so I checked Pinterest and saw one that inspired me. I used a brass grommet as a base, but wanted an embroidery hoop for a variety of reasons, from aesthetic to practical to nostalgic: The natural bamboo color and texture, not to mention sustainability, is attractive, the double grommets help hold components snugly in place, and my late mother did a fair amount. From crew work and she taught me to embroider when I was a kid.
The basic concept tends to be simple organic simplicity but can be changed very easily. Threads or threads are threaded through the loop to create a matrix into which the natural materials are woven. Although the inspiration wasn’t sloppy, I loved the idea of a compatible idea tied up at the top.
In less than 30 minutes and for under $20, I got exactly the look I wanted using dried eucalyptus strands that came in handy; off-white, feathery, wheat-like ‘flowers’ of pampas neighbor grass; Purchased embroidery hoop and fake white berries.
To start, I threaded the end of the threads to the center of the inner (smaller) embroidery hoop. Then I threaded the threads back and forth a dozen times, making an 8 overlay. When I felt I had enough strip of thread, I threaded it over on the other side and secured it in place with the larger hoop. Then I simply weaved the stems of each plant vertically through the threads in an imprecise pattern. To finish, I tied a threaded bow at the top around the screw mechanism.
For a wide variety of shapes, consider spray painting the garland, substituting string for twine—many luscious colors and textures are available—and repositioning the plants. Rhythm parallax is like a mini landscape, but you can group them to one side to create a focal point. You can even sew threads or strings vertically, horizontally and vertically, or all over the place. And you can tie more bow “statement”.
Catch up on the latest entertainment and arts news, then plan your weekend get a look at what’s happening around Hampton Roads.
No matter which direction you choose, I’d love to see your results. And I hope it’s a small part of the kind of vacation you desire.
Betsy DiGiulio, firstname.lastname@example.org
Embroidery hoop: $8
White berries: $8
Twine and plants: were at hand
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