Spring wreath turned Summer wreath story! .. Details & links within

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So i finally did it! The one of MANY projects I’ve had in my “To do but won’t for some reason” list ..

and I’m proud to say i FINALLY did it. I had SO much fun doing it, from go to whoa.

This pattern/piece is from 3 different patterns by Lucy at Attic24, i have mentioned and linked to her many times and will do at the bottom of this post ;)

I used Lucy’s pattern to make the ring, although i had to make mine wider cause i knew what i was putting on there would need to be a wider ring. Only by one row .. but of treble, so you get quite a bit more from just one row.

So i started out by making a HEAP of "May roses". This was before i even knew what i was going to do with them .. then saw another crocheted wreath of hers and just went POP!

Here are HER may roses .. as i am to lazy to dig out photo’s of them BEFORE i sewed them onto my wreath ;) There is a link to the pattern there to make your own. I HIGHLY suggest it, because a lot of these type of flowers, made by curling up a long piece never look right. I find these ALWAYS turn out very rosy indeed. And her leaves are perfection .. just got to get the picot point to get the realistic look

   

Link to may roses pattern:

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/may-roses.html

So next was to make 2 rings, in any colour .. but I’m a beginner so i went safe & made a more realistic wreath. I now have a more modern idea with zany colours I’m going to do next. ;)

Here are the rings, which take like and hour to make 2 .. so quick. Its all trebles.

   

Then i played with the layout for AGES .. making decisions that were going to be committed and sewn on (you can always undo .. but I’m a perfectionist ) here is me playing with the layout options.

none of which i ended up staying with lol!

   

So .. i was FAIRLY happy with that .. but i DID have this other green that kept nagging me saying “USE ME FOR A LEAF!” .. so i made 2 and put them up to the wreath and it all came together. I never would have thought this bluey-green would work. There is SO much to learn about colour in crochet. ;) A ball can look a certain way but then totally

different when stitched up .. or put next to other colours of course. I thought when i embarked on this hooky journey that i knew so much about colour & that would really help.

but I’m finding I’m at a loss sometimes .. and then I’ve done experiments where I’ve just THROWN some colours together to see what happens, sometimes its a total A-HA moment. LOVE IT.

So the sea green leaves are going in .. you’ll see.

I also um-d and ah-d over the yellow flower at the top .. i had a bright sun yellow flower and a pale yellow flower, i went with what i wouldn’t normally go with .. the pale lemon yellow. Not sure if i want to switch it now though .. all done now. It will nag me every time i look at it lol!

So, i was all ready to start sewing on thinking wow I’m gong to finished this today .. and i remembered for the “Happy flower” we PVA’d the leaves to stiffen them.

I instantly knew i should do this. But it DID mean waiting till the next day for the glue to totally dry So i glued the leaves ..

   

You can see the sea green in there

So on goes the glue!


     

And when they are dry you cannot see the glue at all .. but it can be felt. So don’t do this if you can see or more to the point FEEL the back of your work ;) But otherwise it’s such a great way to make little things like leaves to stay stiff and last for years. Here they are DRY …

   

OK!!! NOW its time to decide whats going where and let the sewing BEGIN!! YAAAY! on goes the big bertha of the may roses. I made a big one for the bottom and they get smaller and smaller as you get to the top of the wreath. Gives a very luscious heavy bountiful look

Terrible photo .. i REALLY struggled with these photo’s cause its been SO dark and rainy ..

   

and on go all the rest of the leaves and flowers (I added the sea green leaves once my partner came home and i could get his opinion on them. He is a designer & we constantly help each other out. I trust his eye) So in these photo’s the sea green isn’t added till later ..

    

    

Now, to make something stiff to go inside. You could used very thick cardboard. I love to recycle, so i have all SORTS of stuff lying around and in boxes.

So in amounts all these things are these kinda polystyrene disc’s that come with a frozen pizza. I have quite a few of them, and I’m so glad cause they turned out to be

perfect for this! YAY!

So i placed one of the rings on the disc and used a pen , not to draw but to dig into as i drew around the crocheted circle. One for the outer circle and the inner circle too.

Then i was able to grab the scalpel and cut it out .. so fun :) 

I ended up using 2 circles to get the thickness .. glued them together so they wouldn’t slide around once incased in their hooky home.

    

As i said i made 2 .. just traced the first one so they match perfectly.

So now its time to darn in all the ends and snip. Ive kept my snipped ends .. as i do, to put in my crochet journal for all the colours used .. looks pretty in the journal too.

I got SO excited as i darned in the LAST piece of yarn .. thinking REALLY?? REALLY? I’m going to be whip stitching this in a minute and it will be done YAY .. but awww that its over.

Hopefully this will make me continuer to make a heap more in all different styles. As i said earlier, i have a modern one pictured, using outrageous colours and possibly using Mollie flowers for the flowers. Then there is a amigurumi fruit one i want to do and of course Christmas wreaths! I have these miniature pine cones that would look great amongst other crocheted Chrismassy things :)

So as i said my partner really helped .. cause adding the sea green leaves and also he helped me decide where they looked best and it all came together after that. So THANKYOU baby!! x

These are not great photo’s .. i will take better ones this weekend .. when there is sun! :)

    
    

I love whip stitching its so fun and is always SO NEAT when your whip stitching crochet cause there is a spot for each stitch. I love that.

Whip stitching the out side i thought would be so easy but it wasn’t quite. The flowers so heavy and what not. Once id whipped about 1/3 it was fine .. and FUN!

Doing the inner circle was bit tricky. And you CAN see the black ring a TEENY bit. But because it happened to be black you really don’t see it. but I think I’m going to do another

round of whip stitching to hopefully fill in the holes .. just to see if i can make the ring to ally invisible. This can make a real difference if you wan to sell your work. Not that i would just sell this

unless i got permission and or made a donation to Lucy ;)

the ONLY thing i would do different is use a thicker or more puffy yarn for the ring. I used a yarn which was a little bit thin when stitched. For the leaves it was fine and flowers, but just not the ring.

The yarn I’m referring to is Heirloom Easy care. Its a great yarn/wool. You get different looks with it. its the way its twisted, its very textured, which has its benifits.

So there is my little Summer wreath journey. Thanks for reading, i love doing these for you! :)

So here are all the links you need to get started on your own wreath journey:

Lucy at attic24. FABULOUS women .. she is basically famous in the crochet world at the moment. A massive influence for beginners like myself. Because she makes things anyone could make, well its that AND the way she wrote patterns. She puts SO much effort in. There is a photo for each instruction and its so easy to understand .. she basically reads your mind and tells you the things you always go .. offs!? WHY didn’t they tell me that BEFORE i did 10 rows! .. haha .. you won’t get that with Lucy ;) 

Such and inspiring journal she keeps .. great reading. JUST GO THERE NOW! Free patterns are down the side on bottom left if you just want to see that. But have a look around ;)

 http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/

The may roses i used on my wreath:

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/may-roses.html

This is a blog post she did when she made May wreath. Great photo’s and reading and IDEA”S!!

Below are Lucy’s May wreath that, one of the wreaths she did that inspired my wreath. And then there is the little Spring wreath …
  
   
   

THIS IS LUCY”S SPRINGTIME WREATH. Pattern below …

Her pattern for a spring wreath: It is different to mine, but shows you why a good pattern it is that you can do so much. Think outside the box! Winter,Autumn,SPring and summer for starters! 

Perhaps do and animalia one or thanks giving/harvest with little crocheted corn and barley and strawberries and the like :)   .. let alone Christmas with miniature pine cones! I happen to have been given a bag of TEENY pine cones so im definitely going to make a christmas wreath .. whether it gets done by Christmas is another story all together.

Spring wreath:

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/springtimewreath.html

    

and thats it for today!

Enjoy getting hooked!! x

ok so i was looking through my box of inherited lace and milinery and there is this huge pile of i guess they are hats somehow, i should post them cause someone might know. Im not sure if they are FOR making hats? aaaanyway because there are SOOO mnay of them i decided to be thrifty and use the long feather bits for tails for my birdies! I just shot these photo’s on my phone so they are not great. But in person it gives them more character!!

I’m amazd at how it brought out the personality in each bird. Because of the buttons for eye’s where the thread that sews them on acts as a pupil and they TOTALLY look like they are looking at you like birds do! LMAO ..there is one that is quite cheeky ;)

anyway so just posting the new addition to my birdie, if you want to make your own birdies go to: for how to make the circle which is the base for this pattern:

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/crocheting-a-flat-circle.html

and here for the birdie!:

http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/birdie-decoration.html

Enjoy! :D

here is this gastly tissue box cover i made! I like the idea but i don’t like the colours i used .. it looks good in a dark space with not much clutter. But in my house thats a joke.. haha, but i have found a good spot for it where the colours work. Of curse you could do endless things with this. And what i love is ITS PRACTICAL! :)

Fairly sure i got the pattern on rav ;)

Here is the link: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grannys-tissue-box-cover It’s a very nice PDF actually, photographed nicely.. Just makes you want to make one! And believe me anyone could do it. You can fit it to any tissue box if you know how to build granny squares or just trebling in genral. It’s tied at the bottom, underneath the box it self. So it looks very neat etc. It’s a great weekend project. Or day project, just get your tissue box .. I do recommend these small square as you can get ones look best. Enjoy! Glad a few of you liked it :)
Ok second happy flower dry now!!
I put even MORE glue on and it’s just amazing! The leaves will be even stronger on this one :)
I STILL can’t get a decent photo!! I bought the battery for my high res camera only to get home and the were the wrong ones .. Hang on I’ll pop it on the shopping list for Friday, then on the weekend I can take photos!! … K back now..
Now I must do my own version of these happy flowers.
I WISH I had the ability to design my own stuff. Lucy @ attic24 has given me the confidence to perhaps TRY!
I know I have a different flower in mind, it’s more of a Lilly type flower and I think if I use the glue but not glue the ends of the petals they will curl froward giving a more 3d feel. There are so many ways this flower could be done! Imagine a sunflower!
I would have done a sunflower if I had enough or any sunflower colours! 

It’s definitely time for a yarn/button run! I only have about $40-50 to spend so I REALLY need more blues and greens… Badly. And some pastels to contrast against the saturated block colours I use.
And I need some chunky yarn to make more cowls for the ever present onset of winter.. Brrrr.
The one I did worked out SO WELL! I should post a pic of it. Designed by notsogranny on ravelry. For a beginner it’s FAB, it’s SOOOO easy, and it’s clothing that you won’t get bored doing/working in same colour forever,cause its really quick. I highly recommend you check her out on rav.

Well Autumn is making her statement now, I noticed on my walk this morning the GIANT oaks leaves are starting to turn, and boy what a sight that is once they are all bright red.
The street off my street is lined with the biggest oak tree’s I’ve ever seen on a nature strip. Then the leaves drop and BELIEVE you me in not the only one ive seen rolling in the HUGE piles of leaves! The power lines just go through the canopy. I LOVE that I live in a place where they (the council) love their trees and flower planted nature strips.
Nearly everyone has a BEAUTIFUL garden. And then you look up and out only to see rolling paddocks with a mountainous backdrop… So pretty here. Tasmania. Aaah this is the place to be if your arty or crafty. HUGE craft community here.
But being in a small and middle of no where does have its draw backs but the wonderful stuff makes up for it :)

Have a great day or night!
xxxxxxxxxxxx

Ok second happy flower dry now!!
I put even MORE glue on and it’s just amazing! The leaves will be even stronger on this one :)
I STILL can’t get a decent photo!! I bought the battery for my high res camera only to get home and the were the wrong ones .. Hang on I’ll pop it on the shopping list for Friday, then on the weekend I can take photos!! … K back now..
Now I must do my own version of these happy flowers.
I WISH I had the ability to design my own stuff. Lucy @ attic24 has given me the confidence to perhaps TRY!
I know I have a different flower in mind, it’s more of a Lilly type flower and I think if I use the glue but not glue the ends of the petals they will curl froward giving a more 3d feel. There are so many ways this flower could be done! Imagine a sunflower!
I would have done a sunflower if I had enough or any sunflower colours!

It’s definitely time for a yarn/button run! I only have about $40-50 to spend so I REALLY need more blues and greens… Badly. And some pastels to contrast against the saturated block colours I use.
And I need some chunky yarn to make more cowls for the ever present onset of winter.. Brrrr.
The one I did worked out SO WELL! I should post a pic of it. Designed by notsogranny on ravelry. For a beginner it’s FAB, it’s SOOOO easy, and it’s clothing that you won’t get bored doing/working in same colour forever,cause its really quick. I highly recommend you check her out on rav.

Well Autumn is making her statement now, I noticed on my walk this morning the GIANT oaks leaves are starting to turn, and boy what a sight that is once they are all bright red.
The street off my street is lined with the biggest oak tree’s I’ve ever seen on a nature strip. Then the leaves drop and BELIEVE you me in not the only one ive seen rolling in the HUGE piles of leaves! The power lines just go through the canopy. I LOVE that I live in a place where they (the council) love their trees and flower planted nature strips.
Nearly everyone has a BEAUTIFUL garden. And then you look up and out only to see rolling paddocks with a mountainous backdrop… So pretty here. Tasmania. Aaah this is the place to be if your arty or crafty. HUGE craft community here.
But being in a small and middle of no where does have its draw backs but the wonderful stuff makes up for it :)

Have a great day or night!
xxxxxxxxxxxx

So happy when the glue dried!! I made mine of yarn/wool not cotton so I wasn’t sure how the glueing was going to go but as you can see my leaves stand right up they don’t droop at all .. Except the bottom blue one is in 100% wool and it needs another dollop of glue to keep it up with the others. But I’m just amazed at what a little bit of glue can do!!! Now I see how ALOT of the Christmas decorations I was looking at at Xmas hung. They must have glued or fixed the back so it’s stiff.
You COULD also as an added measure, glue tiny wooden skewers across the veins on the back.
So I’m here to say that wool workers just as good as cotton. ALOT of what used was cheap yarn, but it is stiff yarn so I think that helped alot. But also the pure wool seems to have worked too! So just use what you’ve got if you don’t want to venture out or if your poor like me and use what you have! :)
I DO want some cotton though. I have 4ply cotton, so I HAVE worked with it and can see the benefits. And it’s also just a bit more modern perhaps. But I find cotton picks up grime and dirt really easily. So of course there are pro’s and cons.

This is definatley one of those crochet/hand made items that look WAAAAAAAAY better in person. The colours I assure you are bright and saturated in colour. It’s just pops! … But I couldn’t capture that today …
Ok so here is my DARK photo of the whole thing! Oh so annoying its SO dark and rainy for 2 days now .. So I can’t get a decent photo!! But at least for me it’s complete and it’s up for all to see :)
I’ll take better photos when A. When I get the special battery I need for my high res camera B. when there is some natural light!!! Haha! :)
Hope you like … What you can see. xx

Oh and I STILL haven’t decided what’s going in the centre of the flower!!! Arrghhhh .. Buttons but that’s as far as I’ve got because I pour my buttons out and then I’m just in button land and it’s so hard to decide lol!

So happy when the glue dried!! I made mine of yarn/wool not cotton so I wasn’t sure how the glueing was going to go but as you can see my leaves stand right up they don’t droop at all .. Except the bottom blue one is in 100% wool and it needs another dollop of glue to keep it up with the others. But I’m just amazed at what a little bit of glue can do!!! Now I see how ALOT of the Christmas decorations I was looking at at Xmas hung. They must have glued or fixed the back so it’s stiff.
You COULD also as an added measure, glue tiny wooden skewers across the veins on the back.
So I’m here to say that wool workers just as good as cotton. ALOT of what used was cheap yarn, but it is stiff yarn so I think that helped alot. But also the pure wool seems to have worked too! So just use what you’ve got if you don’t want to venture out or if your poor like me and use what you have! :)
I DO want some cotton though. I have 4ply cotton, so I HAVE worked with it and can see the benefits. And it’s also just a bit more modern perhaps. But I find cotton picks up grime and dirt really easily. So of course there are pro’s and cons.

This is definatley one of those crochet/hand made items that look WAAAAAAAAY better in person. The colours I assure you are bright and saturated in colour. It’s just pops! … But I couldn’t capture that today …
Ok so here is my DARK photo of the whole thing! Oh so annoying its SO dark and rainy for 2 days now .. So I can’t get a decent photo!! But at least for me it’s complete and it’s up for all to see :)
I’ll take better photos when A. When I get the special battery I need for my high res camera B. when there is some natural light!!! Haha! :)
Hope you like … What you can see. xx

Oh and I STILL haven’t decided what’s going in the centre of the flower!!! Arrghhhh .. Buttons but that’s as far as I’ve got because I pour my buttons out and then I’m just in button land and it’s so hard to decide lol!

So here is the flower just before I added the hanging loop and crochet and beaded embellishment hanging from the bottom. Looks great I think .. Already started another for my Mum. 
Now I was so excited to get up today and photograph it .. But it’s been a very dark rainy 2 days and I cannot seem to photograph the whole thing very well. So in next post ( cause I’m on my phone and u can’t post more than 1 on yr phone) I’ll post a dark pic of the whole thing! :)

That button in the middle looks good if u were just leaving the flower as is,but with the embellishments it’s too much.. So that’s the last thing I e got to do is DECIDE what goes in the middle of the flower!
Shame cause I DO love that button.
Enjoy! And make one! 
I’ll post a link to Lucy’s blog attic24, but please consider a donation if you start making heaps of stuff of hers,
She goes to ALOT of effort to put the tutorials together :)
Get happy and get HOOKED! :p

So here is the flower just before I added the hanging loop and crochet and beaded embellishment hanging from the bottom. Looks great I think .. Already started another for my Mum.
Now I was so excited to get up today and photograph it .. But it’s been a very dark rainy 2 days and I cannot seem to photograph the whole thing very well. So in next post ( cause I’m on my phone and u can’t post more than 1 on yr phone) I’ll post a dark pic of the whole thing! :)

That button in the middle looks good if u were just leaving the flower as is,but with the embellishments it’s too much.. So that’s the last thing I e got to do is DECIDE what goes in the middle of the flower!
Shame cause I DO love that button.
Enjoy! And make one!
I’ll post a link to Lucy’s blog attic24, but please consider a donation if you start making heaps of stuff of hers,
She goes to ALOT of effort to put the tutorials together :)
Get happy and get HOOKED! :p