Festive Fleeces

Well, here we are at Christmas already!  It really seems to have come around quickly this year.  Firstly, this week, I’d like to share some exciting news with you:  I won a competition on Craftworld.com last month!  The competition was a colour themed challenge for a Valentine’s card and the prize was a full page in Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine, issue 225.  The card I entered was one I made for Mr L a couple of years ago (Feb 2020 blog post) and I was chuffed to bits to be chosen.  Here’s a snap of the page in the magazine.

Now onto my card for this week, although it’s actually three cards.  Our friends have a flock of Icelandic sheep so I try to do sheep themed cards for them for Christmas.  For the 2019 card, I used Clearly Besotted Feeling Sheepish and added some Santa hats, using Lawn Fawn Tiny Gift Box Holiday Hats dies.

The 2020 offering used the bagpipe wielding sheep from Penny Black 12 Days of Christmas on craft card.

This year, I had the idea to make a wreath of sheep.  And why not?!  I stamped the Clearly Besotted sheep onto flocked paper, die cut them and coloured the feet and ears with coloured pencils.

To make the wreath more festive, I stamped the small holly from Lawn Fawn Joy To The Woods and coloured with pencils.  The greeting was cobbled together from various stamp sets!

Lastly, I arranged the sheep in a rough circle, adhering some straight onto the card and raising others on foam.  To add some more festive bling, I added a couple of Santa hats onto the sheep and some red rhinestones for holly berries.  The final touch was a red bow.

Merry Christmas!

Autumn Wreath

As part of my rehab following my surgery at the end of last month, I have to walk short distances a couple of times daily.  We’re fortunate enough to live close to a country park so it’s been lovely seeing the hedgerows change over the past few weeks and it inspired me to create an autumn wreath for the front door.

The rose hips have been stunning and abundant this year.  There are about 4 or 5 bushes along this path.  This photo doesn’t do it justice but they look fabulous!

I collected a few rose hips, teasels and some grass and weed heads during one of my walks and then collected some leylandii and eucalyptus prunings from our garden for the base foliage.

To form the wreath, I gathered bunches of foliage together…

…and then wired them onto the frame, ensuring the next bunch overlaps the base of the previous bunch.

Lastly, I added the pinecones and teasels, wiring them in to the wreath with some floristry wire.

I’m really pleased how this turned out – I think it perfectly celebrates the beauty of the hedgerows.

Lest We Forget

Today is remembrance Sunday in the UK.  Since I’m stuck at home recovering from surgery, I’ve not needed a poppy to wear.  I saw a crochet poppy wreath kit on a website (it was sold out) so thought instead of a personal poppy, I could make a wreath for the front door. 

After searching for a pattern, I bought one and then ended up following a YouTube tutorial instead as I preferred the shape of the flower.  To begin, I crocheted the centre in black with 12 dc into a magic ring, and then added some gold glass beads into the front loops.

Next was to crochet the petals.  These are simply made by making 3 dc into the back loops of 3 stitches, turning, ch2 then 2dc in each of the 9 stitches of the previous round.   This is repeated 3 more times.

To form the poppy, the tail from the petal is fed through to the back at the start point of the adjacent petal.  The ends are simply tied together in a few knots on the reverse to secure.

For the leaf, I didn’t like the one in the pattern I purchased so I crocheted a basic leaf shape and then slip stitched around the edge, adding some bumps randomly to make it into more of a poppy leaf shape. 

Finally, for the assembly.  I purchased a grapevine wreath and used the hot glue gun to add the crocheted elements.