Monday, 27 October 2014

Making a Wreath- Part 2 Going Autumnal

This post follows on from Part 1 which included the instructions to make the basic wreath, I used a length of thick ribbon to create a nice and strong way of hanging the wreath by threading it through the wire loop and tying a big bow.

I decided to go with traditional autumnal embellishments- a pumpkin and falling leaves.

To make the pumpkin, I cut a rough oval shape out of thick felt (I used the felted jumper I also used to cut some of the wreath circles), then sew around the edge using embroidery cotton, as it's nice and strong, and a wide running stitch.
I made sure the knot at the beginning was big and strong, when I got back to the first stitch I pull the thread to gather the top together and stuffed the inside- I used the off-cuts from all the felt cutting (afterwards I thought it would have been better to use something lighter in weight but it didn't worry me enough to change it). I sewed the hole together securely, this will be covered so didn't need to be very neat.
By using an oval and thick felt, a gnarly pumpkin shape is automatically created. I used further lengths of cotton to give definition by using a long needle and sewing from the top to the bottom and round the outside. 
I used a dark, green DK yarn to make the stalk.  I made it up as I went and didn't worry too much as it's meant to be shivelled and twisted. I started by knitting an icord and increased the number of stitches every couple of rows, I then cast off and switched to crochet.
Sew the woolly top onto the top of the pumpkin body with matching thread.
Using the knitted maple leaf pattern from 75 Birds & Butterflies to Knit and Crochet (see a previous blog here), I made two leaves, one in a burnt orange wool and one is a muted, yellowy beige. I also crocheted a khaki-green leaf with pinky, brown edging trying to mimic natural, autumnal, leaf discolouration, making it up as I went....
I attached each leaf to the wreath with a few stitches of matching thread.
Lastly I sewed the bottom of the pumpkin to the inside of the wreath. There you have it, ready to hang!
Sorry they're not great pictures as it was dark outside but my Mum was delighted with it, I'm pleased to say.
I'd love to hear any comments you have. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post!
Until next time, craft in earnest! Craftin' Ernest x


  1. Erin, the wreaths are so lovely... I hope you're making lots of lovely ones for The Potting Shed Monmouth! Closed Mondays, but bring me a big selection of handbags, wreaths, toys, doorstops etc. etc. etc. as people starting to Christmas Shop. Thank You.x

    1. Oooh thank you!! I will do. I hope things are going super duper well in The Potting Shed!

  2. These wreaths are stunning !!!