wreaths….until now i’ve never been a big fan of them. i don’t know, i just can’t get funerals out of my head when i say the word wreath. so i’m sure that’s why i’ve never bought/owned/wanted a wreath. that and the fact that they cost a lot and a real tree every year is more than enough expense for this family, especially as its just for christmas. but my neighbour, louise, asked if i’d make a fabric covered wreath as a wedding present for some winter nuptials and so i thought i’d have a go. i bought several polystyrene inners and then sourced lots of fabric – some vintage bits of satin and velvet, some new ribbon, recycled curtains and wool scraps as well as interesting bits of trim to add interest. the base fabric is wound round the wreath and secured by any means necessary. i hand embroidered a few little details, although i found its quite hard doing that once the wreaths are wrapped in the base fabric. my neighbour had the blue/silver one for the happy couple and the red one (my favourite) for herself.
and then her mum asked me to make her something a bit more traditional, so i cut out some poinsettia shaped flowers/leaves from felt and stitched a few veins on for extra texture. then pinned them onto the base with yellow pins and added some glitzy ribbon for a bit of christmas bling. I’m seriously thinking of making some more earlier in the new year and trying to sell them because they are really fun to make. now i just have to make one for my front door and get over my wreath-phobia.
i should be doing more for christmas but the wreaths have kept me busy and i’ve also been trying to master knitting with double point needles to enable me to make some wrist warmers for my best mate’s birthday. she saw the gorgeous red ones erin gave to me and i stupidly said i’d make her some. i’m no knitter and can only aspire to reading patterns and creating the sort of stuff ceri and erin do but erin gave me some pointers and i’ve been learning by my many mistakes. i did the first attempt too small and decided the wool was wrong too. then i got this lovely dark green baby alpaca/merino mix wool (rowan lima) and tried again. the first one was ok. but i could just not get the second. finally i set aside a whole evening of silence to allow me to concentrate, only to cast off really badly/tightly and have to give up/unravel. but with just a few days to spare i finally finished the second one, added a few buttons because i just can’t say no to buttons and presented them to my friend with the fig vodka i made recently. she won’t open them until sunday so fingers crossed she approves.