Wreathes

September 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

The ring-shape of a wreath symbolizes eternity — showing no beginning or ending — just a sensual delight made from nature’s bounty. A wreathe at the porch or on the front door is welcoming, and whether seasonal, serious or silly — a wreath sets a tone.

Colors in the large, 24-inch wreath pictured here will welcome people in a cheerful way now and for many years to come. Directions for making this wreath are simple and can be adapted for any wreath you choose to make.


This wreath is made entirely from statice and lots of it.


As the form or armature for a wreathe, I use one ring from a multi-ringed, wire wreath frame. (Recently, I’ve only been able to purchase frames with multiple rings. I use a wire cutter to separate them.) A little notch where a ring had been attached, serves as a place to anchor an initial wire.


Then, working with one little bunch of flowers at a time, I secure flowers to the armature with fine, florists’ wire, using a half-hitch knot, bringing wire behind the ring and then back up through a loop.

"Half-Hitch" Knot

When making this wreath, most statice was fresh picked and some was from last week’s harvesting.


I keep fresh statice in water until I’m just ready to work with it, and then — a few pieces at a time — cut off most of the stems, as only 6-8 inches will be woven into a wreath.


I tend to work with statice in two piles. On the left is freshly picked and on the right is somewhat dry statice that I don’t want to waste. When forming the little bunches, I have the very fresh and more flexible statice underneath, with drier flowers arranged on that and then more fresh, subtle blooms on top to protect those that are drier and more fragile.


I just keep adding more flowers, a little bunch at a time, secured with half-hitch knots and I actually pull knots tight behind the wreath. Sometimes I’ll pull too hard and the wire will break, but it’s no problem to just tie the wire in again.


And I keep adding little bunches until the wreath is about 3/4 complete, when I need to start thinking about the exit; that’s because stems from the last bunches of flowers will need to be worked in behind the very first bunch. It’s a bit tricky, but I’m working with stems, so I just show them who’s boss.

With all the flowers in place, I flip the wreath over, and work from the back side to really secure those last stems, and finish off the wreath.


Often I’ll tie in ribbon, for extra security around those final stems, and an accent with different texture. And here, I’ve taken two lengths of wire…


…that will be twisted into a little loop for hanging the wreath.

The same process can be used for making any wreath.  


This one combines statice, sunflower heads, yarrow, lavender and heather.


This wreath does not have a wire ring as armature.  It was made by circling fresh grape vines until they formed a substantial ring.  As the grape vines themselves make an attractive wreath, it’s just enhanced with small nosegays of statice, lavender and straw flowers and organdy bows.


This wreath is made entirely with fresh lavender blossoms secured to a heart-shaped armature. Rather than florists’ wire, I used 1/4 inch organdy ribbon and half-hitch knots to tie the little bunches of lavender in place. (In addition to wire and ribbon, florists’ tape or raffia can be used. It just depends on the flowers you’re using and effects you desire.)

That’s my method for making wreathes.  Let’s find out how others go about it. 

Brynn
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