Hello there. My name is Liz fromPiggies Pleasures. I am so pleased to be visiting Liberate Creativity today for this little guest post tutorial! I have been blogging for several years now and crafting for even longer. Blogging and crafting allow me time to escape from reality for just a bit and focus on the fun things in life that I love so much! One of my passions is that of the fiber arts. I have been spinning yarn for several years now and I find fibers to be so fascinating. I am spinning yarn happily and ferociously to work on the re-opening of my Etsy store which really is a long time coming. So, in honor of all things fibery, (yep, I don’t think that is a word) I will be demonstrating how to make a yarn wreath.
- Wreath-I prefer raffia wreaths over the styrofoam wreaths but either will work just fine. However, the raffia wreaths are bigger and cheaper so that is always a bonus! The raffia wreaths come wrapped in plastic, leave the plastic on.
- Yarn-I am using handspun yarn that I spun (the yellow) and some handspun yarn that I picked up in New Mexico (green). Feel free to go crazy with it and use any color of yarn that suits your fancy! I love the texture of handspun yarn and I think it adds a lot of charm to the wreath.
- Felt-100% wool felt is fantastic and you can find at most fabric stores. Or if you prefer, the poly/wool blend works well too. Try to stay away from crafters felt; it will fall apart on you pretty easily once you start working with it and does not hold up all that well.
- Sewing Pins-I use these to attach some of the felt flowers we will be making. My preference is to use the yellow pins but any color to your liking will do.
- Scissors and pinking shears (the shears are optional).
- Hot glue gun.
- Embellishments-Anything you would like to add to your wreath such as twigs or birdies.
- Needle felting kit/wool roving-this is easily omitted so if you don’t have a kit and roving so it is OK!
- Fabric pencil-for tracing flower templates.
- Template-Card stock, an old file folder, or any form of sturdy paper to make a few templates for the felt flowers.
~Just a little tip, it is perfectly fine to not use handspun yarn, however, be sure to buy a thicker store bought yarn. The thinner the yarn the longer it will take to wrap. It once took me 5 hours to wrap a wreath because the yarn was so thin! So, if all you have is time then go for the thin yarn but if you have to cook dinner, clean the house, run errands, and do laundry like I do you may want to stick with thick yarn.
- You will need a small circle, just trace the lid of a small jar such as a baby food jar or turn a small tea cup over, trace, and cut.
- You will need a medium circle. A large mason jar lid would work well. Trace and cut.
- Draw a 4-leaf clover petal, slightly larger than the size of a quarter, and then cut.
- No template is needed for flower leaves, we will just free hand that.
- Cut out about 16 of the clover petals from the felt, or as many as you end up needing. Feel free to alternate felt colors or use all the same color. It is up to you!
- Cut a circle of felt with the small circle template. This will be the base that we glue the petals on.
- Place a bit of hot glue in the middle of one of the clover petals and then glue to the edge of the circle. Repeat this until you meet the first petal that you glued down with the last petal. But, leave 2 petals to the side because you will need this for the center of the flower
4. Take the remaining 2 petals and glue them both down in the center of the felt flower.
5. Cut 2 leaves using pinking shears (shears are optional) and glue on the back of the flower.
- Using the small circle template cut 5 circles. I like to cut using pinking shears for a little added texture but this is not necessary.
- Use one circle as the base of your flower. Take a second circle and fold it in half, place a touch of hot glue in the middle and then attach to your base circle:
- Take the third circle and do the same
- Take the fourth circle and lay it vertically over the 2 circles you have already glued down. But, take the right end of the top circle (circle #1) you folded in half and tuck the top end of the fourth circle under it, just like if you were folding the top of a box closed.
- Take the last circle and do the same on the other side. You may need to tuck a little glue underneath the last circle to make sure everything is secure.
- Then, fluff the little felt flower up!
- Glue a felt ball in the center. Stay tuned on how to make a felt ball. That follows below. If you don’t have wool roving and a needle felting kit then just glue a button or something of the like in the center.
- Cut one leaf with pinking shears and hot glue to the back of the flower.
- Trace the medicum circle template on the felt color of your choice. You will need several of these so go ahead and start cutting a bunch!
- Cut the circle into a spiral.
- Roll the spiral up to make a rosette.
- Glue the end of the rosette to the base of the flower to secure.
- Roll a small bit of wool roving into a ball.
- Using your needle felting tool, needle felt the ball until the fibers start to stay together.
- Once you have a nice ball, wet your hands lightly and roll the ball in between them to smooth out the fibers and fuse them together.