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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Tutorial - Flower Wreath

This is my Flower Wreath that I whipped up this week. It is something I had been telling myself I was going to make for a while and finally got round to it. I am chuffed with the outcome, and would like to share the crafting process as follows!

Materials Required
Wicker Wreath (mine was roughly 30cm in diameter)
DK Cotton Yarn (I used Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK in White, Shell Pink, Sky Blue, Greek Blue and Fondant plus some lemon cotton yarn I had in my stash)
3/4 metre of Gingham Ribbon
Odds of ribbon (optional)

So to start, you need a medium sized wicker wreath.
I got mine from Hobbycraft, other craft shops may sell them, garden centres or online at Etsy or Amazon.

Next up is to make the crochet flowers. For this design, I used five colours and decided to use an ombre effect. For this pattern you will need 21 flowers in total, 4 of each in Shell Pink, Sky Blue, Greek Blue and Fondant and 5 in White along with some spare lemon yarn from my stash.

Here's how they are made....

1) With the lemon yarn, make a magic ring. If you are unfamiliar with this technique, I would describe it as going to make a knot but only pulling a loop through the hole, not the whole yarn. Please use the photo as a guide. If you prefer you can always make a 2 chain and then crochet into the second chain from the hook.

2) Work 1 chain (does not count as a stitch) and then work 10 double crochet into the ring. If you are using the magic ring technique then you would be crocheting over the additional yarn as per the picture.

3) Once you have worked the 10 double crochet into the ring hold the yarn tail and pull tight, closing the ring

4) To join, insert hook into first double crochet of round. Do not pull lemon yarn through, we are changing to Shell Pink and will join this colour without fastening off first.

5) With the Shell Pink yarn, hook onto the yarn

6) Pull the yarn through the stitch and then through the loop on the hook, leaving you with 1 loop on the hook in Shell Pink

7) Cut the lemon yarn and secure to the Shell Pink yarn at the back.

8) Pull tight and you have now changed colour and are ready to make the flower petals with the Shell Pink yarn

9) Work 2 chain, then 2 treble crochet into the same stitch below. In the next stitch work 2 treble crochet, 2 chain, slip stitch into same stitch below - now you have made the first petal into the first 2 stitches of the previous round

10) Slip stitch into the next stitch and repeat the pattern over the next 8 stitches of the previous round to the end until 5 petals have been made. Slip stitch into first double crochet of first round.
Fasten off and sew in ends

And now you have made your first flower!

Repeat pattern until all 21 flowers have been made.

Next arrange the flowers on the wreath giving an ombre effect. It is a good idea to make sure you have the flowers in the positions required before gluing rather than randomly gluing as you want to make sure it is even on both sides. Make sure you leave slight gaps between the flowers so you can still see the pretty wicker wreath underneath.
Once you are happy with the arrangement, glue the flowers into place. You can use a standard superglue or a hot glue gun, yarn is great in that it sticks to most things pretty easily! Totally optional, but I also glued some gingham bows in green and red (just because I love bows really!). Leave the glue to set overnight.

Once the glue has totally dried it is ready to be fixed to the wall and for this we use the gingham ribbon. Loop it around the top of the wreath, as follows...


Then tie a bow in the top to hook onto the wall

And then TA DA, the wreath is finished!

I hope you found this tutorial useful, if you are making this wreath, not only would I be chuffed to bits but I would always love to see pictures and hear your feedback.

Happy hooking

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