Dec 27

Stitcher’s Christmas wreath


I hope you’re surviving the festive season intact. Isn’t it a relief when all the busy-ness slows down and you can sense a wonderful stillness?

I can finally show you a vintage haberdashery stitcher’s Christmas wreath which is currently gracing my front door.


A few years ago I put together a wreath on a chef’s theme, but I thought it was about time I created a stitcher’s version. The basic wicker structure was bought years ago and is one of those things which I pull out every year along with the Christmas tree decorations and wonder when I’m finally going to do something with it.

I’ve tied on some of my old mother-of-pearl buttons with tough linen upholstery thread.


And added a frayed old Dean fabric tape measure as a bow; it was once housed in a small round plastic case, but that broke irrevocably a long time ago.


I also wrapped 5 wooden reels with deep red velvet ribbon and tied them on with invisible thread.


Our door is under a slight porch so the wreath doesn’t take the full brunt of the weather (currently driving rain, mostly); I probably wouldn’t hang it outside otherwise as it isn’t really an all-weather creation. It will hopefully be hanging (as all my decorations do) right up to Twelfth Night. Then I will store it as is and haul it out again next year.

Did you make your own wreath this year? Did you use unusual materials? Or upcycled items? Please take a moment and tell me about it.

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  1. catherine says:

    I love it – I think I shall begin collecting the empty cotton reels from now on.

  2. Jen says:

    Love it! I made ours from baubles this year

  3. Jenny Bowman says:

    I really love it. I shall make one for my sewing room. My wreath for the front door was actually made last year from pan scouters and worked really well, even in the attrocious weather, you can see it in the picture at the top of my blog. My pride and joy this year though was my wreath for the dining room made from an old book
    Seasons greetings to you and yours and all the best for 2013.

  4. Magpie Mimi says:

    I started to make a wreath from wine corks but ran out of corks before the wreath was covered so will have to keep collecting! You can see it half finished on my instagram page. Yours looks so pretty! Want to find a wicker wreath to cover now!

  5. Celia says:

    What a lovely idea. – simple and stylish.
    As usual I made our wreath from foliage from the garden stuck into the trusty old wicker wreath which has seen many Christmases. Inspired by a photo of a Scandinavian twiggy wreath, this year I added birch twigs from our weeping silver birch tree – I was pleased with the informal Nordic look…

  6. Celia says:

    I knew shortening the URL would be trouble!

  7. i love your wreath – especially the carved mother of pearl button and frayed tape measure :)
    here is my take on the vintage haberdashery wreath
    i made a few wreaths this year for my little shop like this cute little deer yarn wreath
    happy new year scrapiana x

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