I have a client that sends a number of my holiday wreaths as gifts every year. The wreaths themselves are handmade by a local nursery. I decorate the lot of them. Monica orders all of the boxes, JP drops off the cards, Jenny prints out all of the UPS labels; Pam and Salvadore wire the wreaths into the boxes (UPS states very clearly that a box has to withstand a drop of 3 feet)-after I make them. Lots of people are involved in making this event happen. My favorite moment? The UPS man hauling away all of those boxes. They are on their way.
This years group of wreaths revolve around 2 elements. Pam made all of the bows out of red jute twine that came from England. The knitted birds-who could resist them? Bows and birds-so simple. Those black bead eyes make eye contact. Making eye contact-elemental, and powerful. Look me in the eye-anyone would respond to this! My little knitted birds have an emotional impact that far outweighs their simple construction and small shape.
The other elements may vary-I want every wreath to be different. Handmade-and one of a kind. I would have a hard time making 16 wreaths all the same-so I am happy that I have free reign, provided the wreaths emphasize natural materials and forms.
The knitted birds with felt tails and feathers caught my eye last January-when I was shopping for the holidays. Rope covered spheres, eucalyptus, pine cones, dried white canola berries and reindeer moss-festive. Natural. This brown knitted bird perched on a red jute bow-my idea of holiday cheer.
I have to confess, my berries are faux berries. My cherries are faux cherries. The red color? That red is very real, very bright, very holiday.
These wreaths are not your machine made variety. They are handmade-thanks Dan. They are less than perfectly circular. Some wreaths I had to prune; some sections I have to wire back, or add to. But for a wreath predicated on a love for natural materials, I like these wild and wooly green wreaths as a base for this group of wreaths.
This knitted bird has a companion on his jute bow perch. A knitted mushroom. I have no idea which person on the gift list will get this wreath-but I hope they are pleased. I did only one wreath with this detail.
Making these wreaths has gone on long enough to become a holiday tradition for me. Many thanks for this, BL.
Did I photograph every wreath? Yes, I did. I send the pictures of every wreath to my client. She cares much for every person to whom she sends a wreath. I care much that she feels that I have represented that feeling of hers appropriately. There are lots of pictures.
All of them have a look that says happy holidays.
The best of the holidays is about personal expression.