Month: June 2014
After moving in to our new place, my husband commented that we needed something on our front door. (YAY! WE HAVE A FRONT DOOR!) With Independence Day right around the corner I thought (while wandering around JoAnn’s looking for something for a different project of course) that I would do an American flag-esk wreath for our door. My JoAnn’s is going thru a total re-haul on the inside, so it has been fun with all the sales and clearance items while they are restocking. While there, I found an 18 inch wreath frame and red, white, and blue 5 inch mesh – which was on clearance 🙂
Having never made the type of wreath I had in mind, I played with the mesh in my sewing room (Yes, I have a sewing room now!) I’d like to say that I figured it our all on my own, but alas, I did not. I may have watched a few technical YouTube videos and then did my own thing from there.
This is how I made our wreath:
- Wreath frame (mine is an 18 inch flat back wire frame)
- Tape measure or measuring tape (I ended up pulling out my tape measure from my tool box)
- Red, White, Blue mesh (mine was 5 inches by 30 feet)
My wreath had 9 cross bars, denoting to me sections. Some quick math 9 divided by 4 = 2.25 So for my blue (which I wanted to be a quarter of the wreath) I would need to fill 2 and a quarter of the sections, leaving the remaining wreath for the red and white ‘stripes’. The American flag has 13 stripes, one for each of the original colonies, 7 red and 6 white (red on top and bottom of the flag).
I started by dividing 30 feet (the amount of mesh I had on each spool) by 7 stripes (the most stripes I needed to make of any one color) and got just over 4 feet per strip. I went with 4 feet. This is when I pulled out my tape measure and laid it our on my sewing table measuring our 4 feet of the red. From there I used the first strip as a guide to cut the other 12 strips (6 white and 6 more red).
I did the blue section first and ended up using all 30 feet of the mesh.
Here’s now I got the mesh on to the wreath frame:
First Step: Lay the mesh strip under the frame and pull it over the inside wire.
Second Step: Knot the mesh around the inside wire.
Third Step: Twist the knot so a loop of the mesh can be pulled out between the inside and second wires.
Fourth Step: Keeping the loop between the inside and second wires, pull the mesh thru between the second and third wires, and again thru the third and outside wires.
Fifth Step: Take the mesh sticking out from the loops and twist it and bring it to the inside of the wreath and repeat steps 1, 3, & 4. When you run out of mesh knot the end to the outside wire (like in the second step).
With the 4 foot strip I was only able to do this twice with each stripe.
The finished product
TA DA! A lovely wreath to decorate our front door for Independence Day. I think I will also pull this out next Memorial Day as well.
I have not done a cross stitch in years. My husband asked me to make one for our dinning room wall, or the parlor when we actually have a parlor. The theme/pattern is the same as our challah cover. It’s a L’dor V’dor or Generation to Generation.
Prepping for such a large project like this, I did some doodling first. Below I have pictures of my prep works.
Following the doodling, I measured out the desired size for the cross stitch cloth – 8″x10″ – (the penciled out area in the picture above) and then I counted out the squares within that space. From that, I transferred the measurements to my graph paper, which ended up being quite large to accommodate the size.
Transferring the original drawing to the large graph paper took a bit of time but I accomplished it!
With the prep work done, I can start on the actual cross stitching project.
I will keep a running log of my progress so stay tuned.
I know many of you have been waiting to see just how the dress I made for Purim turned out. If you do not know what project I am talking about, check out the links below. Without further adieu, here it is!
Many thanks to Katy and TJ of Bowker House Photography for being awesome and spending the day with us hiking all over upstate New York to get these pictures. You can check out a few more from the shoot on their Facebook Page’s Photo Stream.
And, of course, thank you to my husband for loving me enough to join us on this all day photo-shoot and for taking these great photos!
Making of the Queen Esther Dress:
I wanted to show you the final versions of the rehearsal and wedding guest dresses that I have been busting my butt on for the last few months!
My rehearsal dress at the rehearsal
Wedding guest at the reception (with my mother in law)
Looking forward to a bit of a break between projects!