Christmas Wreath Workshop – by Sue Spiess

December Program


Thursday, December 6

9 am to 1 pm

Amherst Fire Station, Amherst Street

Please be sure to sign up at the November meeting for this enjoyable workshop. It is a great way to begin the holiday season! It is also a perfect way to get some good advice, have fun, enjoy some soup and bread, and to go home with a finished wreath.

As everyone has different tastes in wreaths, we request that you bring your own materials. A list of suggestions is provided below. They are just suggestions—feel free to bring whatever you wish. We will provide a few “extras” that you are welcome to use.

Lois Boericke and Trese Gilligan have graciously offered to help with this workshop. Trese will bring some of her favorite wreath adornments to share, assorted greens and a completed Williamsburg-style wreath as an example. Lois will bring a wreath using natural, outdoor materials. Both will be happy to offer advice when asked. Marti Warren will bring some holly.

My prayers were answered when Lois offered to teach us how to make bows! She will bring red velvet ribbon for us to practice on. Please bring enough ribbon for your own bow—Lois recommends 3 yards for a generous bow.

Space is limited at the Fire Station so please sign up at the November meeting or email me at Please indicate if you will be bringing soup, bread, a breakfast bread or cookies for dessert. This is not a complete luncheon—just a light lunch menu!

Hope to see you Dec. 6 at the main Fire Station!

Suggested list of supplies:

1 basic evergreen wreath

Wired floral picks, floral tape

16 and 18 gauge floral wire (hard to find; I will have it there for you if you don’t have your own)

Stems of dried flowers, holly berries, rose hips, red peppers, feathers, pinecones

Assorted greens

Needle-nose pliers to twist wire, wire cutters, blunt noise wire cutters to twist     heavy wire

Wreath ribbon

Optional: ornaments, fruits etc.

Grenon’s, Michael’s and AC Moore are among the places you might find these supplies.

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