A Year of Wreaths: November Felt Holly Wreath by Laura Howard
This month’s wreath is all about holly! I have something detailed planned for next month’s festive wreath, so I thought I’d keep this month’s design nice and simple: something you can put together in an evening or afternoon.
The yarn-wrapped wreath is decorated with a ring of felt holly leaves and red felt ball “berries”. I used bright red yarn to wrap my wreath for a cheerful look but this design would also look great on a pale background (perhaps a white yarn or strips of a neutral fabric?). I love the 3D effect of the felt balls but you could cut small red felt circles, or use red buttons instead.
You will need:
*The template sheet provided (click here to download and print the PDF)
*A 30cm polystyrene ring wreath base
*Yarn to wrap the wreath (I used 2 balls of Rico Essentials Cotton DK in Red)
*Dark green wool blend felt (Grassy Meadows).
*8 Felt balls in Santa Red
*Dark green stranded embroidery thread
*A sewing needle and pins
*A glue gun and glue
*A heat-proof mat for the glue gun
*Newspaper to protect your workspace from any glue drips
To make the wreath:
1. Wrap the wreath base with your chosen yarn. I used two balls of Rico Essentials Cotton DK in Red which gives the wreath a lovely sheen.
Secure the yarn with a knot at what will become the back of your wreath. Begin wrapping the yarn around the wreath base, passing the ball of yarn through the hole in the centre of the wreath as you wrap the yarn around the outside. Hide the loose yarn end under the yarn as you wrap, and make sure that you’re not leaving any gaps where the white wreath base shows through. Continue wrapping, gradually covering the whole of the wreath base, and switch to the second ball when needed. Wrapping the wreath takes a while, so I highly recommend wrapping your wreath while watching a film or some episodes of your favourite TV show.
Once the whole wreath base has been covered with yarn, tie a knot securely at the back and carefully trim the loose end so it won’t be visible when the wreath is hung up.
2. Use the holly template to cut out eight leaves from dark green felt.
3. Cut a length of dark green embroidery thread. Separate half the strands (so, for six-stranded thread just use three strands) and sew a curved line down the middle of each leaf as shown. I used backstitch but you could sew a line of running stitch if you prefer
4. Arrange the leaves on the wreath so they’re evenly spaced, with small gaps between them. Secure each leaf with a pin.
5. Add the felt balls between the leaves, using a pin to hold each ball in place.
6. Use a glue gun to attach the leaves and felt balls to the wreath.
Remove the felt balls and set them aside. One by one, glue the leaves: begin by moving the pin to one end of the leaf, lift the other end of the leaf up then apply glue underneath it. I added glue in the centre of the leaf itself but you could add the glue to the wreath base instead. Carefully press that section of the leaf in position on the wreath, remove the pin then glue the other end of the leaf. Once all the leaves have been glued, carefully glue the felt balls in position adding a dab of glue to each ball then pressing it in place.
IMPORTANT: take care when working with the glue gun as the glue gets very hot! Always place it on a heat-proof mat when not in use, and use newspaper or other scrap paper to protect your workspace. Work slowly, squeezing the gun with care to control the amount of glue you’re using and keeping your fingers out of the way of the hot glue.
Hang the finished wreath directly from a hook or a nail, or hang it using a leftover piece of the dark red yarn.