Monday, October 26, 2015

Wool felt Wreath Berry Pillow

Since I am in charge of all things beautiful at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I designed this white wool felt wreath berry pillow to beautify my inn for the holidays.

Instructions and Supplies:
 16" Pillow form
1/2 yard foundation fabric
1/8 yard white wool felt
Remnant cotton fabric for berries
Embroidery floss, tan or desired color for leaf veins

Cut two pieces of foundation fabric 16 1/2" square.  If you chose fabric that unravels, zig zag the edges before beginning.

Make a leaf pattern measuring 3" x 1 1/4".  From the wool felt fabric cut at least 50 wool leaves.  I used 51 on my pillow.

Leaf and Berry Template Images

Find the center of your 16 1/2" foundation fabric.  With a chalk or water soluble pen, draw a circle approximately 8 1/4" in diameter to serve as a base line for applying your leaves. Now you're ready to have fun.  Experiment with the design.  With the base of the leaf tip touching the circle, position the leaves pointed toward the center and continue laying the leaves out to get an idea of how to sew them.  Don't worry about the background showing through between leaves.  That will simply give a more natural look.  Remember too, that you will be adding berries in a later step and you can place berries in gaping areas.

You may wish to use straight pins to pin the inner circle leaves. With two strands of embroidery floss of your choice, stitch leaves in place by uniformly stitching a vein line from the base of the leaf toward the tip.  Stitches should be approximately 1/8 inch in length.  Stitch about 2 inches from the bottom of the leaf.  Allow the top 1 inch free.

 After applying the inner circle of leaves, apply leaves to the outside of the ring and in the middle as is visually pleasing to you.  After the leaves are all placed, you are ready to make and attach your berries.

Special note:  I purchased my wool felt at Zinck's Fabric in Berlin, Ohio, for the fantastic price of only $3.99 per yard.  Mr. Zinck buy warehouse lots and offers fabric at exceptional prices.

As shown in a photo above, I used a quarter as a template for the berry.  Cut on the pencil line.  With double strands of matching thread, sew a drawstring gathering line just inside the circle edge.  Draw it up and put a small "poof" of batting into the little berry circle.  I like to pack it in with the tip of a pencil.  This will allow you to draw it tight.  Knot off, but don't cut the thread.  You can now attach it to your wreath.  You're the designer here, so make and apply the number of berries as you like.

So here it is all done and pretty for your sofa or bed!  Or make this for your holiday gift giving.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
October 26, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

New Year's Eve 2015 Entertainment Ohio Bed and Breakfast

New Year's Eve Dinner and Entertainment on December 31, 2015, at the Millersburg, Ohio, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ohio Amish Country will offer guests an enjoyable evening of the unusual and mysterious.

The evening will begin at 6 pm with a complete steak dinner, salad, homemade dinner rolls, special side dishes, concluding with traditional Amish-country desserts; but the best is yet to come. It will be a memorable evening as Mark Boley, executive director of the Holmes County Historical Society will present a most unusual New Year's Eve program, entitled, "Unusual and Mysterious Holmes County."  Mark, a professional photographer, has always been interest in history since he graduated from West Holmes High School. He later attended Ohio State University.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
Mark Boley
A fascination with little known or unusual historical myths and legends has led him today to a series of popular programs on Unusual and Mysterious Holmes County and Holmes County History the Rest of the Story.  His program presentations have become standing room only events.

Following the meal, the adventure will begin with Mark sharing photo images and unusual accounts.  It all began with a discovery in Southwest Holmes County of an unknown tunnel and underground chamber discovered by accident in the 1980's. Forgotten, buried and rediscovered 20 years later this single discovery has lead to numerous unexplained sites, myths, lore and legends being discovered by the Holmes County Historical Society.  From ancient Indian mounds in Millersburg to mysterious underground man made structures plus throw in Big Foot sighting and UFO's, this program will keep you on the edge of your seats wondering what's next.  Come and find out what mysteries lay within the county and what's being investigated.  You'll start your New Year off with a complete new perspective on why Holmes County is so special.

The Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast
Dinner and this special evening is available only to guests reserving a stay at the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast for the evening of December 31, 2015.  The Cost for the meal and program is $39.99 per person and availability is limited.  Call the Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast at 330-674-7600 or book on line for a memorable New Year's evening experience.

Submitted by Loretta Coblentz
October 4, 2015