Last fall Maggie went on a felt flower streak that involved lots of awesome brooches and hair pins and such. I wanted to give them a try, but it just didn’t happen in all the Christmas rush. When she Christmas-gifted to my mama a beautiful yarn-wrapped, felt flower wreath, I decided to put the flowers off entirely until spring.
I didn’t quite make it to spring, but as someone who has to be dragged through the last couple of weeks of February, an early flower wreath was pretty much a necessity for survival. I put it all together earlier this week and successfully gave February the boot. I tried to avoid an all out springtime color combo, because this crochet disease has instilled in me a need for a wreath made of crocheted flowers in every color of the rainbow later on in the year. I went with some hues that will get us through the rest of the snowy, chilly, rainy and muddy days without being a complete tease for the glorious warm weather to come.
I made the flowers using this tutorial, with the addition of some vintage buttons to balance the fact that I only had a half sheet of red felt in my stash. While I am not opposed to tedious crafts, sometimes it’s just so relaxing to sit in the evening and make something that does not require even the slightest use of my brain. These were perfect for the last days of February, leaving space in my mind to think about other things (like our garden and, um, our garden some more.) I only planned a handful of large-ish flowers, but I got in the rhythm so easily that I just kept going smaller and smaller with my scraps. I’ve spent idle moments since scheming what else I can do with tiny felt flowers.
Although it’s not technically finished until I add some ribbon for hanging, ta-da! FYI, revamping that first-college-apartment Pier 1 director’s chair is on my to-do list :) (And it has been for two years so… no promises.)2 March, 2013
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