Last month, when I was invited to Liberty London to celebrate the launch of Katy and Charlotte’s Styling the Seasons project, I was set the challenge of using some of the gorgeous Liberty print fabric to create some Christmas decorations. During the afternoon, whilst chatting and sipping tea, I made some super simple Liberty print baubles by wrapping cheapie Pound Shop baubles in circles of fabric cut with pinking shears, and tying them with violet bakers twine (c/o The Homemakery).
Once home, replete with lovely fabric, I was ready for a little sewing project. Following the obligatory perusal of Pinterest for inspiration, I decided that what our home needs, perhaps what every home needs, is a Liberty print reindeer head! I used this pattern, choosing Poppy and Daisy, one of my favourite Liberty florals for the head, and a lovely green paisley-style Liberty print for the antlers. I did wonder, halfway through, with aching fingers, why I had thought that sewing antlers could ever be a good idea. It was worth it in the end, though, and although the resultant reindeer is a little larger than I expected (an imposing half a metre high!), he is really rather sweet, and cheers up the mantel no end.
I didn’t want to over-complicate things (a gigantic floral reindeer head is statement enough!) so other than a handful of my Meadow print fabric baubles, I just added a couple of pine twigs, and some dinky wooden reindeer cutouts, (also c/o The Homemakery), which I coloured in with Sharpies. The green, purple and pink is not a colour palette that I would usually associate with December, but I love its freshness. I’m trying to convince myself that the slightly wonky pink reindeer cutout is a crucial element of wabi-sabi…
Thanks once again to Katy, Charlotte and to Hannah and Anna at Liberty, as well as to Kate from the Homemakery, for the gorgeous materials, and also for spurring me on to do a little seasonal stitching. The #stylingtheseasons project is open to all, so do join in if you fancy styling a surface in your home to reflect December. You can read more about it over on Katy’s blog, Apartment Apothecary.