It was time for a new Christmas wreath at our place...
I love to place a wreath on the front door for the holiday season. I bought a really nice simple one, several years back... but last year I had to throw it away. Our front door gets a strong dose of morning sunlight - remember - I'm in Australia... so Christmas time is SUMMER. Anyway, the embellishments on the wreath were made from coated styrene, and they cracked, popped and exploded last season.
Of course I didn't actually throw the wreath away. The decorations are gone, but I have kept the base. I was planning to re-decorate it for this Christmas... but then I had a change of heart, and decided to make a rag wreath instead!
Because of the strong morning light, I was concerned that my colours would fade too quickly. So I decided to make this up in very neutral tones.
I hate it!
Well... I don't actually hate it... it's just not very ME. It's subtle and neutral, and OUT OF PLACE on my front door! I need colour
So, I will be making another one... with a bit more life to it.
EDITED TO ADD PHOTOS OF OTHER SCRAP WREATHS I HAVE MADE
But for the moment, I will show you how this one came together. It's a very simple process.
I have a plentiful supply of rag balls here, so I grabbed a handful in the colours which I wanted (or thought that I wanted)
marked out a large circle on a piece of strong cardboard
and a smaller one inside
cut out the ring shape
started to tie on the rag pieces
added some more
and some more
just to give you an idea how the back looks at this point...
then tied on some more rag strips until it was full
I made a twisted cord from rags, tied it into a bow... and stitched it into place... click here for twisted cord instructions
I've also trimmed the tails on some of the rags to a shorter length.
Fast - Fun - Easy - which is good news for me, since I now want to re-make it in a more colourful manner!