Then the Wii entered our lives at Christmas and my children were occupied. School was (temporarily) over for me and I had time to feel ...crafty. So I redid sweet boy's room. (I'll give you a complete tour in the near future.) When the paint was dry I installed the Pottery Barn linen drape. I like this drape. It is reasonably priced, well made and has a good lining. Lining is a necessary evil to ward off the effects of the brutal Arizona sun. But it was missing something...
Then, it hit me like a ton a fabric. The drapes needed to be garlanized.
So I gathered up my supplies. Shrunken linen sundress~check, old flour sack material~check, leftover scrap ribbon~check, cards of luxurious outdated fabric samples~check, twine~check!
I decided to work in the hallway because it is hard and cold. Not really, but the hallway was the only space in my home that had enough room to create this mother of all garlands. This was no mere raggamuffin garland, this was a... RAGAMONSTER! After spending 2 hours cutting strips (oh, the drudgery!) I laid out my twine to the length I needed and doubled it. I knew I would need the strength.
Then I kind of laid out a pattern of fabric strips. You don't have to do it this way. You can be a bit more pell mell or heggedy peg, but I am a pattern layer outer. I soon realized I would need many more strips than what I had and scrounged around and located several more bits and bobs of fringe and other fabric to add to the garland.
Then I tied the scraps on... and tied the scraps on... and began to think about tying one on, so I took a bloggy break. I came back and tied the scraps on... it really was like creating fabric soup!
Finally after three hours it was...gasp~wheeze~finished. I picked up my scissors and took the over 100 inch long raggamonster into my hands and ...CUT...IT...IN...HALF!
Then I took the curtains down (rings and all) and selected a piece of twine and wrapped it around the garland and securely fastened it through the curtain ring. That's right, no sewing. So perhaps Nester will forgive me of the whole pattern layer outer thing.