I am, as usual, behind with my Festive Making. It was the exact same scenario last year with the Jolly Festive Bunting being completed sometime after Christmas had been and gone. But I don't mind too much as I am having such fun with this wreath thing and I know it won't matter to anyone if it arrives late to the door.
I bought the polystyrene ring a whole year ago, so the idea of this Festive Wreath has been hanging around in my Creative Mind for a good while now. I'm using a 30cm "half round ring" which has a rounded top and a flat back. You can find them on Ebay for about £4, I got mine here.
Before I get stuck into the decorative bit of the wreath making, I'm making a woolly, stripy cover. I'm working random stripes of double crochet in an aran weight yarn, just a long length with no shaping. I know from the making of my May Rose Wreath that it'll work out, even though it never quite seems like it will do at this stage. Unlike my rose wreath, I'm planning on completely smothering this one with a huge collection of pom poms, flowers, leaves, berries, stars, baubles, buttons, ribbons and bells. So the stripes might only be very slightly visible, but this seemed the easiest way of dealing with the white polystyrene which I don't much care for.
Over the past few weeks I've begun assembling some suitable wreath making materials. The Knit and Stitch show in Harrogate a few weeks ago was a great hunting ground for festive bits n bobs, and I had a lot of fun searching and gathering there. I came home with a small but beautiful haul of buttons, beads and bells, and an excited, fluttery heart.
Oh, and ric rac..........
I could not resist this ric rac in such gorgeous colours and at only 40p a metre I thought it was well worth a little splurge.
I also bought some very cheap n cheerful bits of glittery-shiny to add a true Christmas flavour to my woolly wreath.
The glittery holly berries are wired, so I thought I could cut them up and dismantle them a bit, then simply poke them straight into the polystyrene amongst the crochet. And the baubles...well I just LOVE baubles and these little colourful plastic ones will look cute amongst the pom poms and other bits I'm sure. Well I hope so anyways. My Creative Mind tells me it'll all work out, but the reality maybe somewhat different....we shall see!
I've also been making some little crochet stars during the past few weeks.
These stars are great fun to do, very quick and easy to make and very satisfyingly cute.
I've been churning out piles of them in my favourite colours, and can't wait to use them in my Festive decorating. Many of them will be included on the wreath, but I'm also going to use them as a sweet finishing touch to my gift wrapping this year (with a button sewn on, and some colourful ric rac tails). They would also be great made into a garland, or strung vertically with invisible thread to dingle and dangle in front of a window....oh endless possibilities!
If crochet is your thing, maybe you might like to make a few Teeny Tiny Stars for Christmas? Or maybe you might like to make a whole heap load?! I've already written up a tutorial, which you can find here.
Right....off to crochet some more stripes, I'm really hoping to get that finished today so I can start on the business of attaching The Decorative Stuff. Sooooooooooooo excited!!!