Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Spring Wreath

Happy, happy Spring Equinox greetings to you!  Spring is officially here, although I don't think the sky over our home got the memo because it's currently snowing again...

What a perfect day to share my finished crocheted Spring Wreath - oh, yes!

Last week I was telling you how I had been captivated by Lucy's crochet flower tutorials over at Attic24 and that I was pondering over making a wreath.  I quickly got an idea in my head of how I wanted the wreath to look and in what seemed like no time at all (gosh, that crochet is very fast!) it was complete and hanging on the wall.

Crocheted Spring Wreath


The wreath itself is one that I made years ago - long time readers may remember my knitted All Year Round ring (goodness! - from 2009..) which was adorned with knitted hens, Whitsun doves and had a couple of outings as a 12 days of Christmas ring but then fell by the wayside.  
I have kept it all this time in the hope that it would be resurrected but when I found it it was looking a bit sad and so I crocheted a new cover with some un-dyed aran cotton yarn.
The cover was simple to make - enough chain stitches to fit around the girth of the wreath, double crocheted (UK) in rows to a length that would reach right around, joined and sewn up at the back.  I made the cover in an evening.

Crocheting a cover for my wreath

I wanted my wreath to look a bit wild so my idea was to have a vine twisting up and around the wreath with flowers and leaves growing from it.
The vine was simply knitted icord and the leaves are also knitted from this book, which I know many of you already own.

Spring Wreath 3


A few more flowers were made and then I pinned everything into position before sewing to secure.
I'm so pleased with it. It's so cheerful, especially against that yellow wall.  I keep finding excuses to go up the stairs so that I can look at it!

Spring Wreath 2


I'm joining in with Yarn Along today so I should also mention what I'm reading (although who wants to read when there's a pretty wreath to look at?!).  I started reading A 1950s Housewife: Marriage and Homemaking in the 1950s a couple of days ago and it's quite lovely so far.  
I find it fascinating to learn about the everyday life of women - particularly mothers - in other times.  The 50s don't seem like they were long ago at all but life is so very different.  I shall update you when I've read a bit more, I'm only three chapters in.

What yarny goodness are you crafting with at the moment?  Are you reading anything good?

46 comments:

  1. Your wreath is gorgeous what a great way to welcome in the spring. The sky over our way did not get the memo either, we too have snow and frozen earth!

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  2. Thank you :o)
    Let's hope the weather warms up soon - I'm ready to get busy in the garden!

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  3. Lovely! It's snowing here too :-/

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  4. It's beautiful and it makes me want to have spring arrive a bit sooner than usual :) Lovely job!

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  5. A beautiful wreath! We need a new one and I'd been thinking of following Lucy's example as well. Off to the scrap bin I guess.

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    1. Thanks, Katherine. It's a great project for using up scraps of yarn :o)

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  6. Okay, that is just too darling!!! Please join me at my weekly mem Le't Get STitched and add that wreath--how pretty!

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne. I shall pop over now :o)

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  7. Now that's what a call a cheery sight!

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  8. Happy equinox and really love the wreath. I hope it brings us some warmer weather soon!

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  9. The wreath is indeed beautiful and cheerful! It is a great craft idea for this time of year!

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  10. Very pretty wreath. I've been thinking of making one since I saw Lucy's and now seeing yours makes me even more so inclined.
    I love reading books like yours and would like to hear more about it as you go along.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. I look forward to seeing your wreath, Betsy!
      I shall update on the book when I've finished it.

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  11. What a happy spring wreath!

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  12. the wreath is fantastic! wow, i am very impressed.

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  13. That's beautiful! I love the twisting vine. What a clever idea.

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    1. Thanks - I'm really pleased with how the vine worked out.

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  14. Your wreath is beautiful - the colours are so lovely.
    Claire

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  15. Oh I love it!! The idea of the vine twirling round is really clever and pretty :-) and I love the colours too.
    Jess x

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  16. It is BEAU -TI-FUL! My compliments, it is really very pretty!

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  17. Gorgeous little reminder to spring, even if it is inside.
    Enjoy your pretty wreath and your reading.

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  18. It looks perfect! What a great idea, so pretty.

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  19. How pretty, looks very effective

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  20. So beautiful! Each flower is so unique!

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  21. It's lovely!

    I struggle on the reading front as I'm either reading up on recipes and diets (still looking at GAPs and Paleo/Primal) or to children (D'Aulaire's Norse Myths).

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  22. Absolutely love your flower, very original indeed. Favourite is the vine. Thanks for sharing

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  23. What a lovely wreath. I need to take my Christmas wreath down.

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