Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Fall Fiber Wreath Tutorial

Fall is my favorite season but because I live in Southern California I miss all the changing colors of the trees so I decided to create a fall fiber wreath full of all my favorite colors of the season! This is one of those projects that could have many variations and make use of different materials so feel free to put your own spin on it!

Start with a styrofoam wreath and paint it in a solid color and then set it aside to dry.

While the wreath is drying use stamps, drawings of simple leaves or even a simple painted shape of a leaf on the surface of canvas or fabric.

I used my own hand carved stamps on top of Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Sticky Back Canvas .
I love the sticky back canvas it is the perfect weight for this project and can even be printed on! Another variation could be to even print out a sheet full of leaf images!

I filled three 12x12 sheets full of leaf stamps in a variety of fall colors.

Cut out all of your leaves- its ok not be perfect with this step- just the general shape will be fine.

Take half of the leaves, peel off the backing and stick them to the wreath- these leaves will cover the ugly styrofoam. If you are not using Sticky Back Canvas simple glue your leaves to the surface of the wreath with hot glue.

Take the other half of your leaf images and layer them on top of colorful scraps of fabric or canvas. I used a variety of my hand painted scraps in my favorite fall colors.

Sew the layers together and trace the lines of the leaf images with your sewing machine. I used my machine because I LOVE the look of free motion stitches (and I am totally in love with my Bernina!) But if you do not have a sewing machine or don't like sewing- a variation would be to glue your layers of fiber together and the use a black fabric or permanent pen to add contrasting lines to the surface of the leaf.

When you are satisfied will all of your stitching lay out all of your leaves on top of the wreath and arrange them along the surface.

Use a hot glue gun and glue your leaves onto the surface of the wreath- if you don't have a hot glue gun, craft glue will work just fine.

Layer your leaves as you glue them down and try to build up a surface with color and size variations.

When you are finished, hang you wreath on the wall, a door or even use as a table centerpiece!


*jean* said...

that is just delightful!! so nice of you to make such a great tute!!

Our Hands For Hope said...

This is awesome. I'm going to go check out the bernina machine....I'm in need of a new one.

peggy said...

Thank you so much for sharing, I am going to make the wreath and think about a christmas one too. I have a Berna machine and love sticky back canvas. I have taken two of your classes on line and will be taking the christmas one. thanks so much. Peggy

claudine hellmuth said...

this is incredible!! i am posting this to my blog tonight! I am in awe!!

LR said...

this is a great project i will do with my son for our christmas wreath. thank you for the great tutorial.

David and Christine said...

what a fantastic project....I used felt but I love this idea better. thanks!

bcre8uv said...

Fabulous project - thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love this. So fun working with the sticky back canvas and stamps. I can see these becoming seasonal favorites.
Jeanne K

Rochelle said...

What a fun and funky project I love it! Thanks for sharing. BTW
a friend was at an art retreat with you a couple of weeks ago. She made little foldover hand bags from stitched and painted news paper and such. Is this a technique you will be teaching soon? I loved what she brought back.

Kim Rae Nugent said...

Beautiful project! Thank you for sharing!

Jen xo said...

this is brillianr, thank you so much , i love it...jenxo

Elizabeth said...

Love your hand carved stamps and the stitching!! Great tutorial!!
Elizabeth said...

WOW, I love this! I just came across your blog via the link on Claudine Hellmuth. I would LOVE to link to this if you didn't mind.

Heather - said...

Wow, so awesome! Beautiful! Found via One Pretty Thing.

5orangepotatoes said...

Wow! I have never seen anything like this. I must try it. Found you through OPT! Thanks for the great tute!


Geek+Nerd said...

This is super cool! I love it!

Jenn said...

Thanks for the clever idea and great tute.

Vone said...

Love this idea - so beautiful. Saw you over at One Pretty Thing.

Nancy Ward said...


Today I posted an entry on my blog with a link to this tutorial.

I'd appreciate your letting me know if that's OK.


Nancy Ward

Sara said...

gorgeous and unique and really artful, just love it! I think you might enjoy some of the projects on my blog as well, take a look!


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