My oldest daughter, Summer, is Etsy-addicted. She is the one who got me started at Etsy. She gave me very good advice when I was getting started with my shop and also my blog. She points me in the direction of must-see crafters. She showed me one such crafter who made fabric wreaths. I fell in love with them immediately and I really wanted to try to make one. I googled the directions and I picked up an 8" straw frame and a wire frame. I loved the look of the rag wreaths made by RagHearth.etsy.com so that's the one I attempted first. I must have done something wrong because it just wasn't looking as beautiful as her wreaths. Maybe I cut my strips too thin and short. Long story short - I gave up and went to the straw frame.
The straw frame intrigued me since the tool I needed to make it was a phillips head screwdriver. For my first attempt I used all the scraps of fabric that I had left over from making my son's quilt. I cut them with a rotary cutter to 3" each and individually attached them to the frame. At first I wasn't sure I liked the way it was going but I stuck with it. When it was finished I thought it was gorgeous! I showed Summer a picture of it and she recommended that I list it on Etsy because it was good.
My next attempt was a christmas fabric wreath since wreaths are mostly used at christmastime. I used one red and green plaid fabric but this time I pinked the edges and the finished wreath was lovelier than the first.
After this wreath I made 4 more wreaths in this way. I love the finished result so much and I have been lucky enough to sell a few on Etsy. So thank you to RagHearth for your inspiration and to Summer for your guidance and encouragement.