Dressing the front door of the house with the wreath signals the beginning of the holiday season. The door wreath is like the piece of fabulous jewelry you put on your house when dressing it for the holidays. This year, holiday season is construction season at Beaumont House. While no Christmas decorations are going up in the house, we finally have the technical expertise to place a huge bolt in the side of the house to hang the 5' wreath I bought a few years ago. It looks great and is a beacon for planes landing at nearby Dulles airport.
To get my fix of fresh fir, I reached out to my good friend Alicia at Love Knot Photo to see if she wanted to host a wreath making workshop with me. We had done a flower crown workshop in March and were eager to do another class together. Elizabeth at Modern Mercantile in Berryville, VA hosted us and within 24 hours, we sold out the morning workshop and added an afternoon workshop. In the days leading up to the workshop, I foraged a beautiful collection of dried grasses, sparkly bits and brought in a collection of fragrant greens like noble fir, western cedar, fraser fir, juniper and Douglas fir. Workshop Saturday was perfect - bright, sunny with a little nip in the air. The space was filled to the brim with greens as well as Duck Donuts and Cordial Coffee. Cathleen from Curious Fox Press did a special run of letterpress Christmas cards for us as well. I'm continually amazed at how creative and different each wreath was considering everyone was working with the same materials.
For me, the best part of teaching these workshops is watching the creative process. I like to give a lesson on technique and then set everyone loose to create their color palette. It was fun to walk around and watch how each wreath came together. As the wreaths were finished, Alicia ushered everyone into our photo booth and captured her creation.
Photography: Love Knot Photo
Space: Modern Mercantile
Letterpress Christmas Cards: Curious Fox Press