I cannot contain my EXCITEMENT, I'm so so so so so so EXCITED!! (I think I might burst).
I hope you're ready? All will be revealed very, very, very soon. Please be patient - don't spoil the surprise.
The journey for this wreath has been AmAzInG!!
It's my very very first wreath and I'm so so so so so extraordinarily thrilled, excited and exstatic to be sharing this, I can't begin to tell you. It is such a huge undertaking for me with all of the other commitments I have with school, family being a mum and seeing my friends I really did think I would be finding myself snowed under very quickly. BUT, what deep joy and escapism this project has turned out to be.
It all started with this photograph and colour pallette.
I was feeling very brave when I set out on this project with so many wreaths that began to appear on Google of the stunning Fall photos from America and Canada. This one caught my eye immediately and I shared it on my Facebook on 15th September this year.
I had also been very inspired by Lucy @Attic24 with her beautiful May flower, Easter and Christmas wreaths. I decided to make my Autumn wreath just before I went to Yarndale where I knew I would see and gather bits of inspirational ideas and maybe even some delicious yarns.
I also wanted to use the glorious countryside around my beautiful Lake District Landscape home as my inspiration, the colour combinations, textures, variety and jaw-dropping beauty of the incandescent light some days.
Then just when I needed a little bit of something to add some personality to my wreath ideas looked what came through the letter box? Simply Crochet magazine provided leaf patterns, and the most adorable lttle Hetty hedgehog!! (I think she looks like a Hetty!!)
So ok, back on track. Don't get distracted now! The yarn and the colours.
Remember how I started this project with my little collection of ideas. Well I say little, I had HUNDREDS of ideas all jostling for attention and waiting for me to get organised.
A lazy saturday morning breakfast before hitting the great outdoors for inspiration.
The gathering of lovely, juicy little treasures. (With their smart little hats on ready for the drop from the tree).
Then my new book for flowery, leafy inspiration and tuition.
And we're off!!!
Then the colour organising began.
I crocheted this wreath using a pallette of rich and vibrant autumnal colours and took a little bit of artistic licence in some of the choices, as I wanted it to be a bit zingy but also true to the season. I ordered Stylecraft Special DK yarn in bright pink, teal, emperor, copper, khaki, meadow, walnut, aster, claret and graphite from The Wool Warehouse for a 4mm hook and I used a 35cm half round wreath.
I added a little eggy yellow stash yarn and a few other olive greens and browns from my odds and ends and off we go again!!
It really began to burst with life very, very quickly and that spurred me on to keep going. The colour changes were really quite random and I deliberatly liked that it was organic and grew with a mind of it's own.
With all of my other little items coming along beautifully too, it was looking sooooooooo lovely!! I just had to get a snap! The fern leaves, marigold and oak leaves are from 100 flowers to knit and crochet - here!
Toadstools I found a little pattern for on the good old internet, and then I made a little pumpkin inspired by this brilliant blog.
Then the making up. It is a bit like the reverse of opening up your christmas presents as you begin to put it together. You have to be rEaLlY careful not to rush in your excitement and glee to see the end result!
Hang on a minute... I'm not showing it to you yet!! I'm relishing every moment of this reveal.
Now for the little parts...
They were beginning to mount up and I used lots of different shaps and colours so that I could get that autumnal range of beautiful colours. Do you like it so far? I LOve LOve LOve it and I lOve the part when it starts to take shape and you can begin to see how the picture in your head, starts to turn into something tangible and maybe even WORKS!!! Oh my goodness it was exciting.!!
However it needed something sparkly and pretty amongst all of the brown, khaki and deep red. Ah HA!!! beautiful beaded blackberries - juicy and glisteningly delectable. I fiddled about for a bit with a kind of tiny weeny ball pattern and they came out fabulously - don't you think?
More leaves, gerberas, marigolds, michealmas daisies (from 100 flowers to knit and crochet - see above) and some twirly bits (just chain a length and then 2trb into each one. They will curl and spiral all by themselves.)
Are you ready? Nearly there...
Putting it all together and it's starting to emerge.
Adding a few buttons from Grandma's old button tin. (You didn't peek to much I hope...)
Are you ready?????? You can scroll down now
So here it is, my Autumn Wreath in all it's delicious, happy, scrumptious glory. I am bursting with pride at this project and how I persevered and finished such a mammoth task!
And for desert, here are all of the little bits that make up the whole.
The beautful blackberries and shades of bright pink help to lift the autumnal colours. I love it here on the Hall wall...
The beautiful and adorable Hetty hedgehog having a little SNUFFLE at the extra blackberries at the bottom of the wreath. I love love love her so much!
The finished wreath on the kitchen table - to give you another background colour. Yes I was standing on the chair!!
Here it is sitting in the hall, you can see the lovely stripy sides!
I am so incredibly happy happy, happy at this lovely wreath and soooooo proud that I made it. I feel like I really achieved what I set out to make and it surpassed all of my expectations.
Thank you all for following it's progress on my blog. Now to recover from the mammoth photo taking and trying to write sensibly instead of babbling with happiness.
Thank you Karen. :O)xx