Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Indigo and Gray Yarn Wreaths

Today we bring you our next edition of Tale of Two Wreaths!  We are having too much fun with this series. We just think a fun festive wreath on your door sets the perfect tone for a great party! Stay tuned for more later in the year!

This time, G had a lovely color scheme in mind based on some yarns she had picked up, so I did my best to follow her lead.  We used some grays and indigo (G called it purple, I called it blue, so we settled on calling it Indigo rather than confuse you guys!).  I love them both!


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More after the jump...
First up, G's LOVELY pom wreath in indigo and two shades of gray.  You can't quite tell from the photo, but this is such a full and soft wreath - it is absolutely gorgeous!  I love it almost as much as the Valentine's pom wreath she made me!  She used a wire form to make her pom wreath, which makes it easier to attach the poms and get the full look.

For my wreath, I used a yarn wrapped approach.  There are tutorials all over blog land for this, so I'll give you my brief one. Wrap a straw wreath form in a full skein of yarn.  The end.

To give it a bit of a cottage feel, I criss-crossed some cream yarn around it and adorned it with three sweet yarn flowers.  It is hung with a cream satin ribbon.

I was inspired to make these yarn flowers from this tutorial from Martha.  Oh, Martha.  How I adore you!  But really, could you give us better instructions on your tutorials? Like ones that those of us that aren’t craft geniuses can read and interpret?

So in the interest of you avoiding failure and remaking your flowers three times like I did, I made you up a little tutorial of my own based on my interpretation of her instructions.

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1. Wrap yarn around your fingers about 20-30 times.  The more your wrap, the more full the flower.  Set aside.
2. Wrap your fingers with contrasting embroidery floss or bakers twine (or just a thinner yarn) about 10-15 times. You’ll want to wrap one less finger than you did with the yarn (so 3 fingers if you used 4 in the first step). The floss will make your flower's stamen. (Please disregard my hangnail - crafter's injury).
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3. Lay the floss/twine on top of the looped pile of yarn.
4. Using another piece of floss/twine, tie the package tightly in the center.
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5. Cut the loops on both the yarn and the floss/twine.
6. Don't freak out that your flower looks lopsided and wonky.
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7. Fluff the flower pom and trim any odd length "petals". 
8. Now you are ready to attach to your wreath!  I used safety pins to make my wreath more flexible later if I want to change the flowers.

What do you think of our creations?  We hope you enjoy!

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11 comments:

  1. I love that pom pom wreath!!! What a great way to use up my little yarnlets. :) Thanks for sharing! Found you at TidyMom. :)

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  2. oh I'm having so much fun looking at your blog and the many wreaths. so fun and unique. I LOVE it.

    kathryn
    www.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

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  3. So pretty! Love them! I am visiting from TT&J and new follower!!!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com
    p.s. I am having a giveaway this weekend, you should come check it out!

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  4. Found you on the Be Different blog....I LOVE the pom pom wreath! So cute and very creative.

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  5. The color scheme is gorgeous, I love these!

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  6. LOVE the pom pom wreath! It is so pretty! I'm going to have to make one of these for mi casa!

    -Andrea
    www.bluelacehouse.blogspot.com

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  7. These are so unique and beautiful! Love the textures and colors.

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  8. I love these beautiful wreaths.

    indieinventions.blogspot.com

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  9. Your wreaths are so fun! What a great way to use up extra yarn, too--I always have little bits left over from crochet projects and don't want to just throw them away. I might try one of these out!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  10. These wreaths are AMAZING!! Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration.

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  11. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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