Ingredients for this wreath: lots of sticks, lots of patience, a pile of yarn, 168 hrs, a spare bath tub, and some hair plugs (because assembling this thing just about made me pull all my hair out
This is my entry for the 2011 Vanna's Choice yarn contest and I'm SO glad it's finally finished!
I assembled this wreath from yarn-wrapped oak, ash, mulberry, and forsynthia branches from my backyard. The branches were sorted, cut, and soaked for three days to make them pilable and then individually wrapped in yarn. After carefully bending and securing them into a rustic wreath shape, I wove in some crochet pussy willows, bachelor buttons, black-eyed susans, and gerbera daisies. The blue bachelor buttons were created by slipknotting short bits of frayed yarn onto a tiny crocheted flower base.
I knew I wanted to add two little bluebirds to the wreath, but the tabby cat was an after thought. I figured adding a little irony couldn't hurt
) The kitty cat has embroidered eyes and ears and the whiskers are unraveled yarn plies with a bit of no-fray on the ends to keep them stiff.
The birds were probabaly my favorite part of the weath to make. I gave them little wire feet, and one of them is holding a teenty tiny crochet twig flower. The bird with the flower has wired wings (just along the upper edges of the wing). This has become one of my favorite new ways to use wire in my crochet projects. If you insert a piece of wire through the bird's body, bend in an upward arc, then start crocheting in a loop of the body next to the wire and then continue up the wire, the wire is totally concealed and wont slide around. Then you crochet down, creating chains off the horizonal row you've created to make staggered feathers.
In all, there are 14 different colors of yarn utilized in this project, and the wreath is roughly 16 inches in diameter. I definitely won't be making another one of these for a LOOOOOOOONG time. . .but if you're feeling ambitious enough to make your own, I'm happy to give you some pointers
) Really, the most important part is soaking the branches REALLY well by weighting them down so they're fully submerged and wrapping and shaping them while they're still wet. Wrapping each branch took about 5-10 minutes + another 5-10 minutes to lash it onto the wreath. The longest you want to go between wrapping and lashing is 45 minutes. (I learned this the hard when I started wrapping my first bunch of branches in batches and then tried lashing them to the wreath in small bundles--NOT a good idea. . .
Thanks for taking a peek and enjoy!