Every day between December 1st and December 25th, we bring you a new festive ‘how to’ as part of our DIY Advent series.
Gemma Patford is an Australian maker from Melbourne. Working from her Brunswick home-studio where she creates her popular rope baskets and experiments with other handmade goods, Gemma regularly collaborates with local creatives on special projects and is known for presenting the odd craft workshop. Her products are available for purchase on her website and at the best pop-up markets in Melbourne.
How is Etsy a place where one of a kind gifts come from for you? Do you have a story about a unique buying experience?
Etsy is my Mecca for one of a kind sellers. Where else would a pair of denim overalls be wrapped in tissue paper, wrapped with handpainted paper, then wrapped again in a vintage poster with a little packet of glitter inside? You’re not going to find that anywhere else. It’s insane! It’s wonderful! It’s Etsy!
What is your favourite handmade Christmas present?
My favourite handmade gift is from the love of my life Duncan. It’s a Tina Belcher and Jimmy Jr. (from Bob’s Burgers) set of gift cards. Duncan is a wonderful designer and last year he drew me as Tina and himself as Jimmy Jr. It’s adorable. Jimmy Jr. is a better dancer however.
Do you have a certain ritual that you do regularly every Christmas?
Each Christmas I try to include at least one handmade element into each gift. It could be gingerbread gift tags. Spiced cookie ornaments for the tree. Handmade wrapping paper. Just a little something extra so the receiver of the gift knows I love them.
You will need:
7 meters of rope (5mm thick)
A sewing machine with a zig-zag stitch
White paint, gold paint
White wool & pompom maker
Tassels in gold copper and cream
Gold embroidery thread
Sewing needle & awl
White cotton thread
1. Coil your rope into a large circle – roughly 22cm in diameter. Pin into shape.
2. Using a wide zig-zag stitch, sew your coil into a large circle shape. Keep stitching your wreath until it is 8 cm thick.
3. Paint one side of your wreath white. Leave to dry (approximately 2 hours) and then paint the other side. Leave to dry overnight.
4. OK! Now let’s start the fun stuff. Decorate your wreath. Decorate your wreath one-third at a time. In the first third make approximately 6 pompoms (assorted sizes). Take your tassels and pompoms and stitch them into place. Using your awl, you may need to pierce the wreath so you can push your sewing needle through.
5. In the second third, using your gold paint, draw some fun shapes. I used a few random split pins in this section also. Leave to dry for approximately 20 minutes.
6. In the last third, using your awl, pierce two even rows of small holes. Use these holes to stitch some fun embroidery. I ran a simple herringbone stitch.
7. You’re finished! You may like to make some final touches. Attach a few more pompoms and tassels, but essentially, you’re complete. Hang this puppy on your front door, and have a very merry holiday!
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