Wreaths, wreaths, and more wreaths. I don't have a lot to show you right now but here are a few I have collected or made over the years.
This first one is a country-style wreath made out of wire that I received in a swap in the late 90's. It has long resided in my flower shop, The Ashley.
The Halloween wreath I made from wire and is also in the Ashley.
This one is from artificial garland twig, trimmed and decorated
Twine- Two cardboard discs glued together and wrapped in twine
Here's how I made the round wire wreaths
For the round wreaths, you need:
wire- I used 26 gauge green wire that comes on a paddle. Thinner wire is better but this is all that I had on hand. Use the longest length you are comfortable with. I used 4-5 length of 18" each. It will all depend on how thick and big you want your wreath.
Round shape or form- a dowel will work but anything round is ok. I used a cosmetic container
( lg with a 1" diameter), a small fingernail polish container (med- 3/4" diameter ) and a dowel ( small, 1/2" diameter)
Wrap the wire around the form 5-6 times but leave a tail at each end. Slide wire off the form . Hold the wreath gently and let it expand so you have an irregular round shape. Now start wrapping each tail around the diameter of the wreath. Do not pull the wire too tightly because you will loose the irregular shape. Tuck in or cut off the ends so you don't get poked.
Take another piece of wire and just start wrapping. Make a kink, leave a gap, twist the wire back on itself, etc. To make the wreath heavier or thicker, use more wire until you're happy with the size.
Once done, trim off the ends and start decorating!
The heart wreaths are done a little differently.
You will need all of the above supplies plus a very small crochet hook. (sorry, but I don't recall the sizing). We will be using the "barrel" and not the hook itself.
Wrap the wire around the form only twice. Let the wire expand. You will have 2 very long ends so wrap them around each side of the circle only twice. It is a lot easier to shape when you're working with only 2 wires rather than 4-5.
Put your forefinger and middle finger (not your thumb) inside the wreath. Visually find the midpoint and place the barrel of the crochet hook on top of the wire and pull down. It should look something like this.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making lot of wreaths. After Christmas, I'll show you the ones I made for Valentine's, St Pat's and Easter
Well, I off now. Today I plan to set up my tree and to some decorating so no minis today.
Till next time