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

A look at Mollie Flowers! .. they might not be fancy but they are very useful and cute!

Well this has been quite a journey these Mollie flowers! I have this Doll which i bought after i lost my darling black cat to bowl cancer one Christmas and this doll reminds me of him.

                                                 

Well on this said doll is a flower which i assumed was done on a loom since all puff flowers ive done and seen did not look like this one at all. Certainly not with the puffy centre…Ive ALWAYS wanted to make this!

                                                    

Im making some things for my Mum’s Birthday on the 22nd, and id like a flower on one of the items (she may be reading this so im being very covert operation Mum’s the word :P ).

So i did some looking through old patterns etc & couldn’t find what i wanted, and then i just wanted the flower on this doll so bad .. i pulled the flower back far enough to see behind it but not enough to break the glue and WA-LAH! It IS a crocheted flower! I could see chains one the back much like a puff flower i once did .. didn’t like those ones though, and i found it VERY hard to pull through all the loops, and then even if i did it didn’t look neat at all because i had so much trouble getting them off the hook.

So i went to youtube to look back at some puff flower tutorials but they just weren’t the same … then i saw in comments someone mentioned a Mollie Flower. And i just KNEW that it was what i was looking for(or at the very least another flower i had perhaps not done before)! .. without the puffy centre though .. but still so lucky i READ the comments before i myself comment ;)

I immediately googled it and clicked images … there was KINDA the flower i was looking for. But none the less a great new flower to try, especially since they can be joined for a rug or pillow or clothes even. They make great buttons too! I’m going to make one for a iPhone pocket range I’m doing .. I’m going to test it out as a button because it could potentially be REALLY annoying to pull the loop on and off it .. have to check these things .. might .. or shall i say WILL look great but gotta know its going to be practical for something as used as a phone case.

A THROW OR BLANKET:

              

A RING:

              

A SCARF:

        

SOME BRACELETS:

                                

GENERAL COLOUR YUMMINESS: 

        

So i did one from this FABULOUS tutorial by Roman Sock. Clear SHARP photo’s of every step. From the magic ring all the way to joining them together. If you are a beginner i advise trying the puff flower youtube link I’ve put down below. Then try a Mollie. (Depends .. some beginners you could swear they must have been a crocheter in a past life cause they pick it up so quick .. and from DIAGRAMS?? lol! That was my BIG problem, i could NOT learn from them. Now i’m not a beginner I’m always impressed with myself if i can learn from a diagram haha!) But this flower is very good for a beginner, i just wish there was a vid tut out there .. again  .. maybe ill do one!?

Great blog, many free pattern and help with making your own designs, and inspiring blog. You will find the down loadable PDF here .. Roman Sock: MOLLIE FLOWER TUTORIAL HERE>

http://littlegreen.typepad.com/romansock/2009/04/mollie-flowers-the-tutorial.html

There is no tutorial as yet on youtube(I’ve been meaning to do one maybe the mollie will be it)  .. not that i can find anyway. But if you’ve done puff stitches you’ll understand, and if you’ve done puff flowers you’ll be even closer to understanding what the Mollie calls for. here is a link to the PUFF FLOWER NOT THE MOLLIE FLOWER.. just to help any beginners that might look at the Mollie pattern be like Whaaa? > PUFF FLOWER TUTORIAL NOT MOLLIE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PIG5zMSNwc

Just the most FAB lil flowers the Mollie flower. So many colour possibilities. Thats one thing that DOES appeal to me is being able to do a different colour centre, let alone if you want to do a puffy centre it looks best in contrasting colour.

I realised the only difference between the Mollie and that of the one on my doll was that the doll one had a puffy centre .. so ive been experimenting, parting the flower delicately to see how theyve done it .. i think i kind of got it .. you can see my Mollie with puffy centre in the photo’s. Ive only done the one so far, ill give it another whirl today or tomorrow. The puff in the centre needs to be smaller.

MY GO AT MAKING UP A PUFFY CENTRE AND SOME OTHERS I DID LAST NIGHT BEFORE BED:

   

Im getting better at them now. The pink and orange colour way is one of my FAVOURITE wools. To work with too .. just beautiful. Its Shepard “Colour for me” 8ply Colour: 4981. It made beautiful puffy full loops. These photo’s are TERRIBLE! Trust me they are GORG in person .. just got no light to work with today, its a VERY dark grey day. Yesterday how ever was SO AMAZING! YAY Spring :D

Now Ive made a few since last night … and its one of those patterns you can’t stop making!!!

I see a throw of Mollie flowers in my near future. They join beautifully if you follow the instructions .. but you could also wing it. There is a web of chains on the WS (the back) which you could loosely bring them together like a flowery/lacy web or as shown tightly woven in together to get a thick structural piece of cloth or Pelt.

So if you’re bored or want a new project check out my links. Or just just google or search  youtube for Mollie Flowers.

Ive included some photo’s of some i found online, and photo’s that are obviously mine cause of the fact they were taken on a phone ;)

I would like to know the history of Mollie flowers and how they came to be and how they came to be “Mollie” flowers. I cant seem to find anything History wise. So if anyone does let me know please :) I’ll credit you with a link to your blog when i write about it.

If you have any trouble with your Mollie flower contact the producer of the pattern/tutorial or id be willing to help out too ;)

TIPS:

Just REMEMBER yarn over COUNTS as a LOOP!!! Keep that hook pulled up as high as your initial chains and you cant go wrong. Thats what i LOVE about this pattern .. it makes perfect loops. i made one with 15 loops and it was EEEEAASSY to pull through all those loops. I NEVER used to be able to but because this pattern has been very well thought out you just pull a loop to the height of your initial chains and yarn over keeping yr hook in that position and go back into same stitch and pull up a loop again as high as it will allow you once yu’ve done a loop or two, and then yarning over creating another loop .. etc untill you have the pattern or desired amount of loops. 

So make your as puffy or not puffy as you want. Your yarn/wool will make a difference too. Some wool/yarn will really hold the loops well and PUFF well, i find wool does this well. But your cheap acrylic will do the job too, it’ll just be a little stiffer, which is useful for some things like rings and or hair accessories.

Experiment .. perhaps the yarn your using could do with more loops, or LESS you never know. I found i like just a few more than 9, which is what the pattern calls for. I do 12-14.

make sure when you secure the loop as stated, try to put the securing chain at the back, behind the loops. It will should naturally go there anyway, but if you know where and why that chain is called for there it can help with your first one. Once you’ve made one and understand its structure .. YOU”RE OFF! weeeeeeee!

ENJOY!

Cas x

Take a look at this fabulous Mollie Flower coin Purse!

        

http://clingshandmade.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/mollie-flower-coin-purse.html

Just a great link .. SO inspiring!:

http://www.juxtapost.com/site/permlink/6d32fa10-5220-11e1-bde5-bbb6dc215e0b/postsimilar/diy_tutorial_mollie_flowers_or_34puffy_daisy34_3d/

…can’t stop making them!! In all kinds of yarn and sized hooks! I’m working a big beauty in the background there! So excited to see how she turns out. 12ply on 7mm hook. 
Oh I’m SO looking forward to having most of them done and the wreath part done so I can start arranging :)

Enjoy your week people’s! :)

…can’t stop making them!! In all kinds of yarn and sized hooks! I’m working a big beauty in the background there! So excited to see how she turns out. 12ply on 7mm hook.
Oh I’m SO looking forward to having most of them done and the wreath part done so I can start arranging :)

Enjoy your week people’s! :)