Wreath making brings me a huge amount of creative joy, and over the years I've made five in total. The very first one I crocheted was the May Rose Wreath in 2012, and this was the start of a mild obsession with creating seasonal wreaths for my home. The May Rose wreath is smaller than my later ones - I used a 22cm full round ring and only half covered it with flowers as I fell in love with the colourful stripes and wanted them on show.
After the May Rose Wreath, I went on to make a slightly larger one for Christmas (blog post here) using a 35cm half-round polystyrene ring which became my preferred size. You can squeeze a surprising amount of yarny goodness onto a 35cm ring you know!
The three wreaths above followed on from my Christmas extravaganza, from left to right ::
So it won't come as any surprise if I tell you that last week I set off on a new yarny celebration of my favourite season.....
....Summer. Ahhh, I am such a summer-lover, and summer flowers are my very best favourite. Trouble is, there are absolutely loads of summer flowers that I love, and at the moment my visual ideas are all a bit jumbled and crowded. So I though it'd be a good idea to write this blog post as a way of emptying my mind a little and sharing the sort of images and flowers that are feeding my summer thoughts right now.
I had a quick sift back through my photo archives, which unsurprisingly have quite a number of flower images embedded in the Summer months. I am very very fond of summer annuals and usually have a splurge at our local nursery every May/June so that I can fill my back yard pots with instant, glorious colour. Marigolds, marguerites, pinks, African daisies, verbena, pelargoniums and lobelia.....I love the colours of these flowers very much.
The dinky little posies that I snip and gather each week to bring into the house are the very essence of Summer to me.....
....and I'm hoping I'll be able to capture something of this beautiful simplicity in yarn and crochet.
I'll definitely need to include some blousy roses.....
and without a doubt there must be sweet peas.
Marigolds, geraniums, nasturtiums and cosmos are also right up there on my list of floral Summer must-haves. So you can see, this summer wreath is probably going to be quite bold and bright - I'll have to try and keep it under control. Actually, scrap that. I don't think I'll bother with the control, I'll probably just go for the all-out exuberant over-the-top approach as per usual.
I was thinking about my Autumn and Winter wreaths, and how the little shots of red worked so well in each (the red toadstools in the Autumn wreath, and the bright red of the robin's breast in the Winter wreath). I was wondering and wondering what little non-floral red thing I could bring into my Summer wreath and suddenly it came to me - strawberries!! Of course!! Now I am soooooooooo excited about the idea of crocheting little strawberries for my wreath, I think they'll look really cute in amongst the flowers.
I'm also thinking I'd like to add in one or two critters too - maybe one of my little crochet bumble bees might buzz in, and I might possibly attempt to create a crochet butterfly or two.
This morning I went in search of some Summer wreath inspiration, it's always good to feed the Creative Mind when embarking on a new project....
A soft Summer palette, very delicate and pretty.
I can't tell you much about this as the website isn't in English, but I dearly love the little felt strawberries :)
Pretty Summery colours....and more strawberries......
I really love ranunculas, although they aren't flowers I ever have growing or in the house.
There are lots of Summer wreath ideas on this blog, but this was my favourite.
These pretty colours really sang out to me, although this is nothing like my own bright summer colour story. Too pretty not to share though.
Now those are my colours! I love the bold rainbow brights, but also the teensy little accent flowers placed here and there.
Always good to look at the real thing for inspiration.
I'm hoping to design a bigger version of my May Rose for my Summer wreath, with lots of layers of petals.
I know this isn't a summer wreath, but I came across it on Pinterest this morning and fell head over heels in love. Curious Bloom sells her creations via Etsy, oh they are sooooo lovely, do go and have a look. Beautiful colour inspiration.
And lastly, another non-summer wreath that's waaaaay too beautiful not to share, isn't it amazing???!! This is a living succulent wreath created by Jen Tao (@jennssuccs on Instagram), the subtle beauty of these colours absolutely knocked my socks off. If you've got a few minutes to spare, go and take a little look at Jen's instagram feed, and please don't blame me if you are suddenly struck by an overwhelming desire to fill your home with succulents. I am off to investigate these neat little growing things, I think my life needs succulents...........