Rachael made a wreath. She has a habit of doing that. This was a wreath that I loved. I loved her colors. I'm not a VT grad though. I also knew that if I were to do the wreath, I had to do it with materials I had. I would spring for the form, but if I couldn't do it with fabrics I had, then it couldn't be done. Hubs and I promised each other to keep spending to an absolute minimum.
You'd be glad that I held up to my end of the bargain.
I started to go through the mass amount of fabric that I have left over from a business venture gone south. I had some delightful fabric that I purchased and never really got to use. I knew that it would be perfect for this project. When I pulled it out, I saw a delicious pink that I could match up with another fabric that I had. I feared that if I used too much pink, it wouldn't look fall but just, well, pink. I got those colors out, loved them and knew that I needed just a bit more fall. I went hunting through the mounds of ribbon left over from the same venture gone wrong and I found that I had a fresh bolt of gold grosgrain ribbon. Here is what I used:
I texted Rachael and found out that she used an 18" form. When I looked at the forms, I found that 18" would be far too big for my door. I decided that I'd rock out the 14" form. It's the same wire form that you find in her blog post of how-to on the rag wreath. (I've linked to that post in my first sentence in this post.)
Rachael used 2" x 9" strips and knowing that my form was 4" less in diameter, I decided to cut that back by 2". I also had to consider that the grosgrain I had was 7/8", so going with a full 2" width on the strip I feared would make the gold ribbon bits stick out like a sore thumb. I opted to run with 1 1/2" wide strips instead.
I followed Rachael's instructions and my time frame was probably about the same. I didn't have quite as much clean-up fluff left over, but we did enjoy a Little House marathon while tying the wreath together.
I should add that I didn't do the same pattern as Rachael did. Now what fun would that be if I, as an artist, would actually follow directions? What I did was 2 brown strips, 1 gold strip, 2 brown strips, 1 gold strip, 2 brown strips, then 1 pink strip. I then repeated the pattern.
Here is the finished product:
It's not quite as full as Rachael's. I like her fullness, but I also had to consider the width between the doors that I have. I wanted to make the tie-on widths similar, so that cut down on fluff, too. I would have loved to have the scalloped edging, but I didn't have that wheel for my cutter, so I opted to just cut with scissors. We love it! The best part of my brand new wreath? It cost me a total of $1.86. (Including tax, thankyouverymuch.)
A pretty wreath for fall. :)
(It was pouring in a biblical fashion. I was certain that Noah was making his way around the bend. I would have stepped off the porch to take a better photo, but I didn't want to drown.)