I am getting such a late start today. I really wanted to write this post yesterday, but My Man wanted to go cut firewood, and I have been asking him about getting some, so…we cut some.
Now to split it…
and stack it.
But not today!
Today I am sharing with you my favorite wreath I have made so far!
My inspiration came from Shirley at Housepitality Designs.
As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it.
Ready to see my version?
Okay! Here you go!
- Large wooden embroidery hoop
- Cross stitch material
- DMC embroidery thread in your choice of colors
- Needle and scissors
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Floral things to make it prettier
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Masking Tape
- Ribbon to hang
Putting It All Together
Find the letter you want to use. In other words, Google. I found mine at NeddlenThread.com. Click on the “Patterns” on her menu bar and scroll down. You have to scroll for a while. The pattern I used was free.
You can download the pattern and print it off or do what I did. I enlarged it on my screen, put some paper over it and gently, ever so gently, trace it. I couldn’t get it to print the size I wanted.
Now, I going to help with some pictures.
Tape the paper letter to a door or window. (Not the “E”, I know. The “H” is for a friend for Christmas.)
Oh, I traced over the letter again to make it darker.
You can’t tell it in this picture, but I could see the letter through the material. And let me tell you! This picture was not easy to get. The screen on my camera suddenly decided to go black and I could see what I was taking. And ignore our old pool area in the background. It will, one day, be a rock patio. One day!
Put the hoop on and cross stitch between the lines. Or embroider between the lines. I like to cross stitch. Look closely at the curves. I did half stitches or I followed the line as needed and filled in as needed. Try to cover the pencil marks, but if you can’t don’t worry about it.
You could also paint between the lines if you want. It’s all up to you.
After all the filling in is done, trim the material and hot glue it to the inside of the hoop. I didn’t even take the hoop off. OH, pull the material tight first. It has probably loosened up a bit while you worked on it.
Now, to add the floral things. And I’m going to show you how to add them so you can remove them and use this wreath any time of the year.
First, play around with the flowers, leaves whatever you are using and get it like you like it. You may need to bend them some to fit the curve of the hoop.
Keep doing this until all pieces are secure.
My favorite thing about this project for me was the cost. I already had the material and some of the thread as well as the floral stuff. The hoop I found at Goodwill for 55 cents!
Just some different angles.
I used jute twine to hang it with. I also had to twist the screw of the hoop a little off-center to make the “E” look right. The floral made it hang a little funny. I guess the weight of it.
I just noticed the fingerprints on the door! lol MM is still working on a piece we found at a yard sale a couple of week ago. That is dust from sanding that was on his fingers.
Thanks again to Shirley for the inspiration! I just love your house!
I am thankful for the ability to cross stitch. So many pretty things can be made by cross stitching. And it relieves stress.
Off to do another project.
Until then, Jayne
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