I know I promised an update on our built-in bookshelves, but (as is often the case) I don’t have pictures of them quite yet. However, I can assure you that they are done! So, pictures and stories forthcoming.
On Saturday, while hundreds of thousands of people in the great state of Wisconsin tuned in to watch the Packers take on the Falcons (and yes, I totally had to look that up to state the team name correctly) you would have found me wandering the aisles of Hobby Lobby and Pier One. Yep…I went shopping during a football game. It actually was quite splendid – the aisles were full of what I’m assuming were like-minded women: those that didn’t give two hoots about seeing the game.
It’s not that I don’t want the Packers to win — actually, I think it’s great that they’re doing well. I’m just not a football fan. I see a football game as a significant investment of time (3 hours? really? I can barely pay attention during a 2 hour movie). My hubs, on the other hand, is a BIG football fan. BIG. Thus, him going and watching the game with his own like-minded individuals and me going and shopping with my aforementioned like-minded individuals worked out quite well. (All of this to say that next Sunday when they’re playing to figure out who goes to the Super Bowl, I will be attending a “party” for the game, but I see that as more of a social event.)
Naturally, you’ll understand that when I was asked at work if I had seen the game on Saturday (ZOMGITWASSOEXCITING!) I had to inform them that actually I was shopping. And when I came home from my shopping and started working on my project (I am not going to call it a “craft” project because, to me, that conjures up images of women in denim smocks glue-gunning sequins to plastic canvas) I did have the game on in the background, but I wasn’t really paying attention to it.
This has caused some people at work to question my values. I’m alright with that.
ANYWAY. All of that intro to say that — yay! I made a wreath this weekend! I had a wreath up for fall (a yarn-wrapped wreath with cute little felt roses…unfortch, I don’t have a picture of it) and I of course had a wreath up for Christmas on our front door. When taking down our Christmas decor, I realized that I didn’t have anything to put up in its place for Valentine’s day. So, I set out to rectify that situation.
I settled on a hand-tied “rag wreath” which, ostensibly, you’re supposed to use spare scrap fabric for. It didn’t dawn on me until I was driving away from Hobby Lobby with my fabric selections that I had a TON of leftover wedding napkin fabric in … guess what color? PINK! But, by that point the fabric had been purchased and it had only set me back about $10.
So, let’s get to the steps. It’s pretty complicated; you’re going to have to follow along closely and maybe print this out and make notes in the margins to follow along. SIKE! (Anyone else remember sike? We should bring that back. Sike.)
Basically, you grab a wreath form from the floral section of the craft store. Since I didn’t choose super Valentine’s Day-ish fabric, I went for the heart wreath form.
Then, you select one fabric for each wire on the wreath form from your quilting/sewing stash. Or do what I did…conveniently forget about your stash and buy brand new fabric just because it’s so darn pretty. Then, instruct your cat to become super interested in your project and lay directly on your fabric, making it impossible to cut. Having your cat attack your hand when you attempt to move her is optional.
That’s a pretty cruddy shot of the fabrics I picked, and I apologize. But, basically they are a rose-colored broadcloth, an ivory broadcloth, and a greyish paisley print with some pinks and blues in it. I got 1 yard of each, and this was more than enough fabric for my wreath.
Cut your fabric into strips — no need to be super exact here, but it helps if they’re all relatively the same length. I just folded mine like I have them in the picture above (they’re about 5″ wide), and then cut them into 1″ strips using my rotary cutter/self-healing mat/fabric ruler.
Then, start tying! I tied the rose color around the very edge, the paisley print in the middle, and the ivory color on the inside of the wreath form.
Here’s what it looks like when you start — kind of weird. But, just keep tying and filling in the form as you go. Try to tie as many strips as you can in each section…this will make your wreath fuller in the end. Also, the tying portion of the program took me a bit longer than I anticipated. I think that the whole thing, start to finish, took me around 2 1/2 hours. Maybe I’m just slow. But, because I’m stubborn and have to finish a project when I started it, I stayed up way past my “normal” bedtime to finish this puppy.
Here’s what the back of the wreath looked like when I was finished — I took this to show you how many knots/strips of fabric I stuffed onto each wire of the wreath form. That’s a lot of knots, friends.
And when you flip it over, here’s what the front will look like. (Cruddy, 11:30 PM lighting is also optional.)
I took another picture of it the next day when my lighting was better — here’s what it looks like hanging on our front door:
And a closeup of the fabrics:
I’m pretty happy with it! I think the fabrics blend well together without being too matchy-matchy, and it looks cute on our front door which is what I wanted in the first place. Mission accomplished!
Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day, or am I the only one who is super crazy about decorating for holidays?