The art of gift wrapping
Every time it comes to giving gifts, I want to be a little more creative with my wrappings. Despite my best intentions, I usually run out of time and resort to putting my handmade item in a pretty gift bag. Now, there is nothing wrong with this, but this year I want to try and do things differently.
I have long admired Furoshiki; the Japanese art of wrapping items in fabric. It combines my love of fabric and texture, removes fights with sticky tape, and looks gorgeous...when done by someone else!
I hold my hands up; I haven't got on well with this so far, tending to end up with an excess of fabric which I can't figure out what to do with! So this year, I am going to embrace the challenge and see if I can get to grips with this.
I have done some playing, and although not traditional Furoshiki, found a cute way of bundling up small items to get us started.
All you need is a square of fabric (I used a fat quarter), some ribbon or twine and your gift item. Shredded tinsel/paper and gift tag optional :)
- Lay your fabric pattern side down on a table
- Gather your gift item in the centre - add some tissue paper or shredded filler here if you want
- Lift all four corners to meet above your gift; hold and gather all the surplus in so that it is gathered at the top (like the top of a pineapple!)
- Tie your ribbon or twine around the gather to hold
- Tuck the sticking out corners into the centre of the gather until you are happy with the overall shape of the top
- Add a gift tag if you like and it’s ready to give
I've wrapped a miniature Chase Gin and Fever Tree Tonic, which I got from The Bottle Shop in Lancaster. As this gin has an apple base, they gave me the top tip of serving it with a slice of apple rather than lime which would clash with it! You've still got time to pay them a visit to pick up some interesting tipple for your NYE party.
Or why not choose a miniature whiskey or two to bundle up to take first-footing with you? You could also wrap shortbread or coal; just don't forget your tall, dark, handsome man to bring extra luck to the family you visit!
I'm gong to delve into Furoshiki during the year and see how I get on. Are you going to join me? It would be great to hear how you get on and if you have any top tips to share!
A guid New Year to ane an a' And mony may ye see