Firstly, do forgive me while I dance a little jig and shout a big, loud Hooorrraaayyyyyy!!!!! We have internet again, and I am back in the happy land of Blog!!!!!!! Very, very happy to be back in the Attic, I missed it terribly during the week. I've been sat here this morning uploading photos (with a big smile on my face) and am looking forward to settling down now with a chocolate-dusted coffee to have a chat about making wreaths.
Oh, how I LOVE my crochet wreaths!! I love and adore them, they are chockablock full of many happy, creative memories that celebrate special times of year. As decorative items, they pack a big punch when hung simply on a plain coloured wall, which is a good reason to love them. But for me, the real charm of a crochet wreath lies in the hours and hours of quiet, creative time that is spent on the making process.
I wrote a blog post back in November 2013 where I photographed the three wreaths I've made together, there are also links to the ta-dah posts for each wreath. I wrote at length about the making process when I shared my Autumn Wreath (here), it is a big undertaking in many ways and you do need a certain determination to see the whole idea through to reality. But the wreath making journey is very special I think, and I'm really, really enjoying being at the start of a new one as we begin a New Year.
I've had an idea to make a Winter Wreath for more than a year - I find there is rather a long gap between Christmas and Easter when something pretty is needed to celebrate the cold season. In fact I did begin this journey in November 2013 but didn't get very far back then (about a dozen stripes of the wreath base), and it feels good to pick it back up again at exactly the right (freezing) time of year.
Whenever I've mentioned making a Winter Wreath to anyone recently, they have immediately assumed I would be making something in greens and reds - evergreens, holly, ivy, berries, that sort of thing.
Funny, but despite my natural addiction to bright colour, my idea of a Winter wreath is almost colourless. I think of a cold, frosty day, of muted greens, frosty whites and the delicate dried brown of winter stems....
....and I think of bare branches and ice-blue skies.
I think of icicles, snowflakes and frost.
This is winter to me - there is colour to be found, but it is restrained, cool, subtle. Interestingly, I walked past a little florist yesterday and was bowled over by the bright pinks and purples of winter cyclamen and the vivid orange of winter cherry pot plants, and I briefly wondered whether I was making a mistake with my cool, pale, frosty winter palette. Maybe I should change my ideas and make this wreath more colourful? I thought about it as I walked home, but by the time I walked in the door I knew that I had already got it right and there was no need to change.
I'm sticking to my usual making method though, no changes there. I've got a 35cm polystyrene ring which is known as a "half round wreath ring" (rounded on the front, flat on the back). I'm working up a striped crochet base to fit, making rows of double crochet in the above wintry colours (this is Drops superfine merino DK). I like the colours actually - I don't love them, but I do like them. I have a very clear mental image of how I'd like my finished Winter wreath to look, and these cool, understated colours will be perfect.
I thought it might be fun to share some images with you that I've had tucked away in my Inspiration Files for a year or so. It's good to gather visual inspiration as you embark on a new creative project, to consolidate your ideas and feed your creative mind.
A simple minty green base with white flowers and snowballs.
A sweet mix of wintry crochet motifs - snowballs, snowflakes, snowmen and love birds.
I LOVE Clare's crochet wreath! I love the mix of colours and I also really love the addition of weeny bits of sparkle and bling (pearls and glass beads etc). Like me, Clare has made several wreaths to celebrate the different seasons and her method is very clever - she keeps the same crocheted wreath ring and pins all her decorations in place so that they can easily be changed as the seasons change. Isn't that clever?
I like this wreath for the colour palette more than the yarn balls - the pale blue, white, grey and neautral colours have inspired my own choices.
The simplicity of this idea really appeals to me, and I like the contrast of the colours against white.
Lovely felted wool roses made from old sweaters, with super-pretty glittery snowflakes added.
This gave me some ideas for adding in frosty pinecones (I will crochet mine) and possibly some silver/pearl twiggy bits too. I like the idea of combining a bit of faux floristry with crochet!
Ok, so no crochet or yarn here, but I like the pearly berries and the overall icy, frosty sparkle mixed in with greenery.
Cool, frosty twigs and a beautifully restrained colour palette. Love the bright blue colour pops amongst the frosty whites, and the glittery pine cones.
I love the blue berries in this wreath, but also the white/silver foliage sprigs.
Awwww! Love the cutesome little robins! I'm thinking about adding a robin to my own Winter Wreath, or possibly a little mouse....
Simple but beautiful colours and design.
Did you like those???? Do you feel inspired to create your own Winter Wreath? I'll share my progress with my own creation here on my blog during the next week or so - I've already finished the stripe base and am currently on leaf production - happy days!
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