SO many people have asked me to share a tutorial I though I would share the one I was asked to create last fall for Stampington and Company's magazine, Somerset Home. So without further ado, here you go and since the images are a hard to read, I will share the original text as well:
TOOLS AND MATERIALS
.Batting, masking tape, or a large weave fabric
.Decorative accessories: ribbon, vintage jewelry or textile flowers
.Hot glue gun with a small tip and glue sticks
.Wreath form, straw base
.Yarn: several colors, medium thickness
Wrapping a wreath in yarn is a simple and relaxing pastime. To begin, take a straw wreath base form and wrap it snugly with either batting, masking tape or an open-weave fabric like linen. This evens out the natural textures and bumps found in the straw wreath base and allows for a more even wrapping surface. After you have prepared the base, take out your measuring tape and pins. Using the pins as markers, section off the wreath into even sections. These sections will act as guides to create an even stripe pattern on the wreath. To begin wrapping, tie the yarn to the wrath base with a knot and snip the remaining tail off the bow. Using your glue gun, secure the tail to the base of the wreath using a small strip of hot glue and press down evenly and quickly with the spoon. Be sure to move swiftly to prevent sticking and burning. As you wrap, keep the yarn taut and make sure that each strand sits carefully next to the others. You may have to double wrap sections to prevent the base from showing.
.I prefer to use a straw wreath base because it is more environmentally friendly, has a natural bulk and interest that I think ads to the wreath. If you would prefer to use a Styrofoam base, I recommend that you use extra batting to create some depth to your wreath.
.If you are having trouble keeping the yarn taut at the same time as wrapping, using the edge of the table and passing the skein of yarn through the middle can be helpful to prevent your yarn from going slack. If you would like to create an extra large wreath, using a much larger textured yarn will cut down some of the hours that it takes to create such a large piece and keep the proportions visually correct.
inspired by little old me, I would love to see it!!!