Folded Wreath Class Finishes


By Judith on December 17, 2019
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After classes finished last week I whisked off to England for a fabulous weekend with my girls!

 

 

All 3 of my girls currently live in England and it’s so precious when we all get to be together.

 

That’s the reason I’m only now getting around to posting about our class project finishes.

 

You may remember our class project this term was all about the Folded Wreath.  Well check out these fine examples of Single and Double Folded Wreaths:

 

folded wreath mosaic

 

The photos really don’t do justice to these amazing works of art!

 

If only you could see the beautiful details in each wreath, decorative stitching and sweet beads!

 

And here are a few plaited wreaths I managed to snap along the way too!

 

Plaited Wreaths

 

There were of course many other projects and Christmas gifts worked on this term!

 

Well done to all my hard working ladies!

 

I hope you all enjoy a creative and well deserved peaceful Christmas!

Happy sewing!

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Plaited Wreath Tutorial


By Judith on November 22, 2019
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A big thank you to everyone for entering my ‘Katha on Tweed’ giveaway last week.

 

I announced the winner on Monday via Instagram, and was pleased to deliver the prize to local winner Jaele @a_million_paper_stars!

 

But don’t worry if you missed out this time.  I’ll be doing another giveaway at the end of the year to celebrate my 9 year blogiversary!  Stay tuned!

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So what have we been up to this week in class?  Well, as our class project this term has been the Folded Double Wreath, I thought I would do a quick demo on another type of wreath – the simple plaited wreath!

 

plaited wreath tutorial

 

This wreath uses much less fabric and is quicker to make! Win, win!

 

To make this wreath you will need:

3 x 3″ strips cut width of fabric

1 x 5″ strip cut width of fabric (bow)

Toy stuffing

Large Safety Pin

Wooden skewer or knitting needle

Co-ordinating thread

 

Method:  Use 1/4″ seam allowance

1  Fold each 3″ strip in half lengthways, right sides together, and sew down the long side.  Leave the short ends open.

 

 

2  Use a large safety pin to turn the tubes right sides out. Do not press.

 

 

3  Stuff the tubes from each open end towards the middle.  I used a wooden skewer for this. Make sure the tubes aren’t so well stuffed that they can’t be plaited.

 

4  At one end of each tube, tuck under the raw edges and pin and sew together across the top (I hand sewed a whip stitch here). Make sure the seams are all facing the back of the tubes.

 

 

5  Plait the wreath tightly ensuring no gaps between the tubes.

 

 

6  When you get to the end, trim the tubes to the same length, tuck under the raw edges and whip stitch them together as with the other end.

 

7  Neatly join both ends of the wreath, trying to continue the plaiting order.

 

8  To make the bow, fold the strip in half lengthways, right sides together, and sew down the long side, leaving a 3″ gap half way down.

 

 

9  Angle the ends of the bow by drawing a diagonal line a few inches in from one corner and down to the adjacent corner. Sew along this line.  Cut away the excess leaving 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure the angled ends of the bow are pointing in opposite directions.

 

 

10  Turn the bow right sides out, push the points out with the skewer or knitting needle and press, making sure to tuck in the raw edges of the gap.

 

11  Stitch the gap closed and tie the bow to the wreath, covering the join.

 

Tip:  Tying the perfect bow – after the first tie, turn the wreath upside down and complete the bow.  The pointed ends of the bow will hang down towards the bottom of the wreath!

Magic!

 

 

And you’re done!

 

Plaited Christmas Wreath

 

A pretty wreath ready to hang up or gift!

 

Happy plaiting!

 

 

 

 

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Folded Double Wreath


By Judith on October 18, 2019
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We have one week left of our current block of classes before the half term break.

Folks have been beavering away on their Soft Toys and Sock Monkeys – can’t wait to show you our amazing menagerie!

But looking ahead to our final block of classes of 2019, our optional class project will help to sharpen our focus on Christmas preparations!!

 

 

The original pattern for the Fold ‘n Stitch Wreath is by Poorhouse Quilt Designs, available here.

 

But then I saw this amazing triple version of the wreath and thought I’d have a go at making my own interpretation of it.

 

Folded Double Wreath Class Project

 

I have used 3 fabrics in my double wreath.  I like the versions which have a 3rd fabric peeping out at the edges of the folds.  I’m a bit fussy when it comes to Christmas fabrics so I chose 2 Tilda fabrics (a Christmas red and a non-Christmas pink) and a non-Christmas cream by Lewis & Irene.

 

While the construction of this wreath may look complicated, let me assure you that it isn’t (I love it when patchwork deceptively portrays complexity!).

 

Folded Double Wreath Class Project

 

Each row is made the same way. The repetitve nature of making square ‘coasters’ and cleverly joining them into a circle means you can stop at a single wreath (as a candle mat or door-hanging) or keep going and make additional rounds.

 

Folded Double Wreath Class Project

 

I stopped at 2 rounds and decorated the centre with a Scandi birdhouse.  But at the class you will have the option of making a single, double or triple wreath.

 

Folded Double Wreath Class Project

 

And if you like your bling, you’ll love decorating your wreath!  Metallic threads, beads, bells and baubles are all up for grabs!  Let your Christmas creativity go wild!

 

Folded Double Wreath Class Project

 

And of course, if you’re not a Christmas fan, why not make a beautiful autumnal or winter wreath!

 

Lots of options and variations are open to you with this optional class project.

 

The new block kicks of w/c 5th November and runs for 6 weeks. Booking available here.

 

Happy sewing!

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