As you know from previous tutorials I've posted, I'm a big fan of tweed fabrics, so I've got lots and lots of odd scraps laying around waiting for their day in the sun. I've had this wreath pictured in my mind for a while now, and over the weekend I finally got around to making it!
There's something about this wreath to me that feels very old school English, like the type of holiday decoration Sherlock Holmes may have had in his London flat- festive without being too frilly. You can certainly choose any combination of colors you like, but with absence of the traditional red/green color scheme, you could leave your wreath up and enjoy it all year long!
What you'll need:
Various large scraps of tweed, I used about fat quarter sizes of three tweed fabrics with a velvet damask thrown in for a little contrast.
Liquid starch, 14" wreath form, permanent marker, 6" wide lengths of cotton batting, 6" wide lengths of muslin, needle, thread, scissors
1. Wrap the batting lengths around the wreath form until it's covered. Use a couple stitches when necessary to secure the batting.
2. Now do the same thing with the lengths of muslin.
3. Download, print and cut out the leaf template. Trace 21 leaves onto the lightest tweed using the marker. If you don't have a marker around, lip liner works well when marking on textured fabrics like tweed.
4. Stack your chosen fabrics, up to 4 layers thick. Be sure to put the layer with your leaf tracings on top. Pin through each leaf tracing, being sure to secure through all of the layers.
5. Roughly cut around each leaf until they are all separated, then go back and cut out the tracing.
6. Mix 2 cups warm water with 2 cups of the liquid starch in a large bowl. Put the leaves into the starch water and give the solution a minute to penetrate the fabrics.
7. Squeeze excess solution from the leaves and lay them out on sheets of wax paper to dry. Allow the leaves to dry for several hours to overnight.
8. Once the leaves are completely dry, pinch the bottom of each leaf and sew it to the wreath form.
9. Continue sewing on the leaves until you reach the fullness that you like!