This weekend I took inventory of all of the items that I have left from previous shows. That made me feel a smidge better. But I want all new never-been-seen-before-by-human-eyes items for the Arts Council...so I'm like the little workshop elf, cranking out as much as I can in a weekend. Today I started a new item that I had an idea for several months ago. I actually took pictures AS I was making it...instead of after it was already finished. So I'm going to share the start of my first posy wreath..and show you how it's done!
Step One: Covering the styrofoam wreath
I bought a wreath..(and now of course I don't have it here at home and don't have a clue what size)...but I'm guessing it's about 8 or 9 inches across. I'll measure and get back to you! I got it at Hobby Lobby, but you can find these at Michaels and other craft stores.
Step 2: Making the posies.
I had this beautiful soft sweater that isn't really suitable for many of my projects because it is part angora, part nylon and part lambswool. But it is so soft and such a gorgeous shade of red that I kept it knowing that it would make beautiful flowers! I want the entire wreath covered in flowers, so my plan is to make lots and lots of posies...some larger than others so that the small ones can fill in around the larger ones. Other than some green leaves, I want for my entire wreath to be covered in these red posies. Starting with the sleeves of the sweater, I cut them off and then opened them up flat. For one posy, cut a circle about 4 to 5 inches across. For these flowers, I like the look of them not all being exactly the same. If a pattern is used to cut the circles, then they all are the same exact size, so I tend to just "eyeball it" and cut my circles with no pattern.
Isn't this a beautiful color??? It reminds me of azaleas. Looks really pink in the picture but it's a deep soft red.
I pinned it onto the wreath with a long pearl straight pin. I also cut a couple of leaves from the green sweater and will make lots of leaves to mix in around the flowers.
I'm not sure yet that I am sold on pinning all the flowers on with the pearl pins. I may end up hot glueing the flowers and leave the centers plain. Or I may mix it up. This is my first one, so am apt to change my mind a bunch! After looking it over, and sort of "measuring" in a very haphazard way, I figure I'll need probably 9 or 20 larger flowers and maybe 10-12 little ones. So I began cutting LOTS of circles...some the same size as the first one (about 4-5 inches) and some around 3-3 1/2 inches.