Magazine article Sunset

Fragrant Swags That Say, Come In

Magazine article Sunset

Fragrant Swags That Say, Come In

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Draped gracefully across a fireplace mantel or over a front door, swags of greens and berries announce the holidays with color and fragrance.

You make one by wrapping bunches of greenery and clusters of berries around a long piece of twine; a swag like that pictured at right can take several hours to make. Designer Francoise Kirkman adapted this technique from Hawaiian lei-making methods.

For the base, cut strong jute twine to the desired length of the swag. Also cut evergreen prunings into 6- to 9-inch pieces; use raffia to attach prunings to twine.

To start, loop and tie together the twine and a piece of wet raffia at least a foot long (add more as needed)--see step 1 in drawings below. Working on a flat surface or on your lap, place a small bunch (about four pieces) of mixed plant clippings on top of the twine; wind the raffia around plant stems and twine. …

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