Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Flowers & Flutterbys Crochet Wreath
TA-DAH! It's done. AND...I love it!!!
Wanna make one? Well here's how. By the way, if you missed my preview of this wreath, see that POST HERE.
First, we'll start with the wreath itself. Since this wreath is one of several in a series that I've designed, I used the same pattern for the wreath. Click here for the wreath pattern. For the Flowers & Flutterbys wreath I used 2 colors of yarn (Bamboo Ewe) for the stripes and a brighter green of the same yarn to stitch the two wreath sides together (the inner and outer join). I used a size F hook to make the wreath dense and firm.
After making two sides of the wreath (identical), I joined the two sides at their inner ring. I added the motifs to the front wreath side only. I used the tails from the motifs to stitch them onto the front side. The beauty of the two wreath sides is being able to just stuff all the ends between, not having to weave them in - thank heavens!
This wreath included 4 daffodils. I didn't design the daffodil pattern. I found it HERE. I did a few things different. ONE, I didn't use a pipe cleaner OR make a stem. TWO, I added a separate flower middle. The pattern for the daffodil middle is (make a magic ring, ch 2, work 8hdc into ring, tighten ring, join to first stich with sl st. Finish off).
To keep the daffodils in a bit of a cup shape, I sat each one in a small glass dish, spritzed it well with a bottle of Stiffen Quik and put them in the microwave to firm up according to the directions on the bottle. I did each one twice and they have held their cup-like shape.
There are also 11 Sweet Sevens (I designed a new pattern for the Sweet Seven Flower) you can find the photo tutorial for the sweet sevens HERE and also on my Ravelry site.
Finally, I've designed a lovely new motif called Flutterby Butterfly! I searched and searched for a butterfly pattern that looked just the way I envisioned but even with all the creations, none of them were what I was wanting. So... after a long bit of trial and error, I designed my own. I'm very happy with it. I've made oodles of them now and they are quite easy. I've prepared a step by step photo tutorial for the little sweeties and you can get the Flutterby Butterfly tutorial by clicking HERE.
There are FOUR Flutterbys on the F&F wreath. All are made with cotlin dk. Three of the four are made with an E sized hook and one was made with an F sized hook.
Once the motifs are made and stitched together, the outer ring of the wreath sides can be joined.
Usually, I just cut apart an old cereal box to form a cardboard ring and slip it between the two wreath layers but I had already emptied the recycle bin and it had rained and I didn't fancy a soggy brown board living inside the wreath. So, I hunted around in my sewing room and found this stuff:
It's made to be insulation in window cracks and such. I had purchased a bag of it at a hardware store going out of business figuring I'd do something crafty with it and now I have.
I also snagged a broken hanger which I re-shaped into somewhat of a circle and taped the insulation ring to the hanger circle. To assure that the inner ring of the wreath also held it's form, I made a smaller foam ring and simply stuck it between the layers after the inner ring sides had been joined.
As I joined the outer rings (I used sc and I go through BOTH loops of each wreath side - 4 loops - on every sc), I realized I could crochet up the hanger hook and cover the wire. I did finish off and re-join my yarn after covering the hanger hook.
The new solution worked fine, but it was a bit of a hassle to create and I'm not sure I'd do it the exact same way again - however, this time, it is in - and done, and it worked, so alls well there.
If you haven't seen the other wreaths in my series, you can check them out here (and also on ravelry):
Christmas Wreath and also HERE
Double Sided Winter/LOVE Wreath
For now, I am enjoying a pastel Flowers & Flutterbys wreath in time for all the spring colors outdoor to begin popping up and also in time to enjoy for Mother's Day!