After my last post, Anne of The Cape Stitcher (http:www///thecapestitcher.com)
asked in a comment about the expense and other considerations relevant to doing a garland with needlepoint items. I realized this was a great opportunity for an explanatory blog.
When doing a garland, first you need to visualize what you imagine the finished garland will look.
In my mind, my garland will have 4 or 5 or more pieces of needlepoint finished as ornaments that can be attached to a cord to form the garland. So the variables are:
1. how are the ornaments finished
a. soft-stuff with cording
b. carved (like they have 1/2" styrofoam inside and gymp on the edges)
c. glued to cardboard with cording or a commercial gymp on the edge
2. what to use as a cord
a. a cord that you make yourself out of custom colors to coordinate
b. a commercial cord that coordinates
c. possibly marine grade rope to add to the seashore theme
3. items to use as fillers depending on the subject of your garland--like dog bones or actual starfish.
The possibilities are endless.
4. Size of needlepoint items. My starfish are 6" but they easily could be 3, 4 or 5 inches. Larger than
that would, I think, be more like a tree topper.