Part of the hand-embroidered, felted garland I made.
The doves are made from a felted wool blanket.
Each dove is embroidered with a simple Scandinavian design. I had hoped to trace the designs onto the bodies with a disappearing ink pen. No such luck. The felted wool sweater is so thick that even with the pattern on top of a light board, the image was impossible to see.
A few more designs on the doves.
All of the embroidered designs are free-handed. I looked at the designs and tried to replicate them as I went along.
The last four hand-embroidered doves.
To make the garland, the doves are evenly spead along a piece of ribbon. Although I would have preferred to use another type of ribbon, I've been committed to using what I have on hand rather than purchasing new supplies. So I ended up cutting a narrow strip from a 2" wide piece of a soft-textured, almost velvet-type ribbon.
The garland by the woodstove.
Each dove is hand-sewn in place so it doesn't shift when the garland is hung.
I'm happy to have the garland done and ready to be used in December when it will be time to decorate for Christmas.