After revealing my Daffodil Garland for my March Mantel yesterday, today I have my Spring Daffodil Wreath to share! It is turning out to be crochet week around here.
Ta Dah! Spring Daffodil Wreath!!
I am so pleased with the way that this turned out. Although we are not supposed to blow our own trumpets - daffodil or otherwise - if you don't blow your own trumpet no one else will and I really am so delighted with this! Spring just seems to come alive when I look at this wreath, I don't think that I could wish for anything happier or cheerier.
Just look at the pretty flowers! Although I of course love the daffodils, the little blossoms really make it for me. In fact I have gone a bit overboard with blossoms and have a whole bunch ready for a project in April! They are rather addictive.
Can you tell that I love them.
No? What about now???
This wreath was my inspiration, and I do like it, but I like mine more!
When I showed you this in the process of being made recently I promised a tutorial. So here it is. I have seen - as no doubt you have too - lots of crocheted wreaths, but I could not find a tutorial that showed how to make the cover for the wreath form that I wanted to make and use. I thought that it might be useful for you to see what I did and then you will know how it all comes together.
First of all the blossoms. These were made quite easily. The little pearl in the centre is a pearl headed pin and is used to affix them to the wreath.
They are made using this pattern. Chain four, slip stitch into first chain, chain two, TR into ring twice, chain two, slip stitch into ring. Repeat four more times so that you have five petals. Tie off and sew in ends. Use one end to sew the ring shut tightly.
Daffodils are of course a requirement for a Spring Daffodil Wreath. As with my Daffodil Garland, I made a variety of colours and combinations.
To affix the daffodils to the wreath I used little glass headed pins in coordinating colours to go just in the very centre. They do show up, but that is OK as I think it adds to the detail.
I used a yellow one and a white one.
Now, on to the wreath itself. I wanted to make a cover for the polystyrene wreath base that could be used for many things. Not having the space or inclination to have lots of wreaths around the place I thought that by making a fairly universal cover I could then just add or take away things and leave the cover in place. My idea was to have the grass and the sky - with white clouds. So I went with different greens at the bottom and of course blues and white at the top.
To make the cover you need to crochet a long strip of crochet. I worked in DC and simply went back and forth. To calculate how wide the piece needed to be I did a chain and then measured it against the wreath to see if it went all the way round and then worked a few rows. If it just fits round you have it just the right size. The size you need will of course depend on the size of your wreath base. Keep working and measuring until you have a piece that is long enough to fit all the way around. You can see above where I was testing to see how much further I had to go.
Once you have your finished piece, join the two ends together so that you have a ring. It looks a bit like a cowl doesn't it!
Then you need to fit this around your wreath. At first I tried pinning it and doing all sorts of things. Turns out that the easiest thing to do is to stretch it around the outside and then just poke it through the middle. It stays in place well and allows you to work without having pins sticking in and out all over the place.
You then move on to the joining it all together. Match the stripes up and use a really long length of yarn to sew it up. I have used pink here so that you can see it, but you can of course coordinate so that the seam is less obvious. The stitches are not the neatest, but who will be looking at the back...
Keep sewing round, matching the stripes and stretching it around as you work. It might be a bit scary and seem as though it is not going to work, but trust me, it will! This is very forgiving.
After you have gone a little way turn your wreath over and you will see how it is looking. Nice and smooth and even is what you are after. Keep going and before you know it you will be half way round.
You can see how it comes together. Once you are done this is what the back should look like.
Turn it over and voila, one covered wreath form!
Then to move on to adding the flowers. The pins that I had in the middle of the flowers were used to place the flowers initially. I started with the daffodils as they were the biggest element of this wreath.
To make sure that the flower are nice and secure you need to add more pins. So I used normal dressmaking pins. You can just see in the picture above where I am holding down a petal of a daffodil with a pin.
Once the pin is pushed in and the petal eased around a little the pin disappears, but the flower is held securely in place.
Of course if you are making a permanent display you could sew the flowers on, but I think that this is quite tricky to do and does not allow you to make seasonal changes.
Once you have the flowers in place add the blossoms. I only used the pearl headed pins for these as they are quite small. Remember the rules of gardening, use odd numbers and place small groups for best effect. You don't want it to be too "spotty".
You are then done and just need to hang your wreath. I wanted to hang this on the front door - although hubby says it is too good for that. It was made to go on the door though! I have a small screw screwed into the top of the door that I can use to hang things from. When there is nothing on the door you don't see it, but it is there ready to use when I want it.
I took a length of ribbon, folded it in half and pinned the unfolded end to the wreath. Then wrap the ribbon around and pin again on the back. Use lots of pins, you don't want it to fall down! You might want to sew this on if you are worried.
The wreath is then all done and ready for hanging on the door!!
One last thing. This was again made using stash yarn, which for me means leftovers from my ripple blanket and Nordic Shawl. The only thing that I purchased was the wreath base which was a couple of pounds and will I hope last quite a while. As I explained yesterday, I bought one ball of yarn for the yellow daffodils in various projects, so I am apportioning another 50 pence to this project. All in, I think this has cost about £2.50. Not to shabby
Ta Dah!!! One Spring Daffodil Wreath hanging on the door! I hope that everyone who comes to the house or walks by will enjoy it and feel happy!
I hope that you enjoy your own wreath making!