Hello lovely ladies,
I have been crafting. I made a fun little project, just because. No plans for it yet, except to enjoy it. I did my first true Fall project and made a Fall wreath.
She is nice isn’t she. I like how she turned out even, or should I say especially, since I didn’t have a plan going in. I had this vague idea that I wanted some soft and soothing colors. And I wanted to use what I had on hand. No buying any materials this time round.
I guess I love it when a (non-existent) plan comes together.
To start I just rummaged around my craft room, the basement and the shed. Basically everywhere where I keep my ‘stuff”. My most important, can never part with it, because you never know when it comes in handy, stuff.
I picked up things that looked good and somehow fell in the color range I vaguely had in my mind. I looked for things that felt Autumn to me, like they belonged in a Fall wreath.
I ended up with fabric and burlap, lace and feathers, some fake flowers and raffia and some planting pots. It looked good together.
Except those fake flowers. They were definitely a tad too brightly white. So my first order of business was to tone those down a bit. I gave them a bath.
A tea bath. I put them all in a bowl. Put the kettle on and brewed some tea. Well actually I just hang a bunch of teabags in the bowl and filled her up with boiling water. As I was doing that I realized that I wasn’t even sure if these flowers could stand the heat of the water, but they were fine. I used the rest of the water to make myself a cuppa and while I left the flowers to simmer in the tea water, I went on with the next step.
Ripping the fabric into strips. I cut and I ripped until most of my fabric was turned into a pile of scraps. And then I started knotting.
I advise to leave the fabric scraps a bit longer than you will ultimately want them, simply because all that tying and knotting is so much easier with a strip that is a bit longer.
This is how she looked at this stage.
I thought she looked pretty already. I could totally imagine stopping at this point, like I did when I made my first rag / fabric scrap wreath back in the old days. But as much as I liked the fabricky goodness a vision was coming alive and I wanted to see how my flowers were doing in their bath.
Pretty good actually.
The soaking had definitely tuned that white down in to a lovely natural soft pinky/brown. I just didn’t like those bright yellow hearts. So I tried to tone those down with some ink (didn’t work so well, but it did give the petals a nice edge). In the end I just dabbled some craft paint on them with a brush. That did the trick.
And then the assembly began.
Some hydrangea Annabelle from my garden…..
Tea died flowers….
And some squiggly bead/berry branches I found in my florist’s stash.
I simply pushed the flower stems through the knots in the fabric and when necessary added a bit of florist wire to secure them.
This was a fun project. I don’t really have a place for her yet. But I am sure that won’t be long anymore. Fall is definitely sneaking into my home, and every day a few shells and sea stars are moving out and some pine cones and scented candles are moving in. This little wreath will fit in, in no time.
Oh and those flower pots and feathers? Didn’t use them and they have been put away for another project some day.
PS UPDATE To see my mantel decoration featuring this wreath CLICK HERE
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