tiny pine cone garland

Remember, two weeks ago, when we went searching high and low for fall with our finding fall box? We are searching no longer. There is now blustery wind and orange leaves blowing through our yard. The nights are cold and we have been finding ourselves wrapped in blankets while sitting in the house. Pots of soup have been made and the butternut squash is rolling in. All of this fall business inspired me to use some of our findings from the other week to make a garland for our living room doorway.


Chick happily went to our little pine forest on the side of the house to gather more tiny pine cones. I promise we aren't always happily skipping through fields around here. We have tears and dull days, but today she really was especially happy to run outside. Perhaps it was because it was really dark and rainy this morning, so the bright sun felt like a little surprise gift.

After gathering cones, I cut flowers (or suns if you ask Chick) out of some of my favorite wool felt. I did some free style sewing on the felt flowers. Here is a closeup of one of the flowers:


Then, using an embroidery needle, I threaded the pine cones and the felt flowers onto sturdy thread making sure to put the thread towards the top of the flowers to ensure that they don't flip around. The cones were pretty easy to thread, although I probably should have worn a thimble since I ended up poking myself a few times. Here is the garland hanging across our living room doorway.


I'm off to work now for a bit, so I need to kiss the girls and Tom goodnight.

xo e

14 comments:

  1. Super duper pretty! Love the stitching!

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  2. I love it, emily! It makes me want to wear a pine cone necklace....hmmm...future post for you?.. although it might be too sticky.

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  3. Oh, I wish I had seen this before I sewed 12 years of scalloped bunting for a fall harvest/apple picking party we're hosting this weekend! Maybe next year....

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  4. That is so sweet, I love it! I'm going to look for these cones next time I'm out. I know I've seen them around. Thanks so much for the great idea, I'll be linking.

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  5. these are Western Hemlock cones. They are so adorable. Love this idea.

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  6. We have those cute little pine cones all over the place...now I know what I can do with them! Thanks for a lovely craft idea!

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  7. This is beautiful, Emily. I'm a huge fan of the freestyle sewing, and the red and orange together are so pretty.

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  8. Oh, I love it. My daughter is constantly bringing nature inside and this would be a perfect use of everything she collects.

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  9. Thanks everyone! I can't tell you how much I love your kind words of encouragement. You guys rock!

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  10. Your felt flowers are charming! Garlands of all kinds shout HAPPY, don't they? Great post!

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  11. Thank you! I collected some of these darling mini pinecones in the woods near our house in Germany! I have never seen pine cones this little. I put a bunch that were still attached to the twigs in a small vase, but didn't know what else to do with them. Now I know! Super-fun site!

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  12. These are brilliant, love the idea and so cool and chic!! Thanks for sharing!!

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