Vintage Crocheted Wreath

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Back in October I saw a super cool wreath idea on the blog 20 North Ora.  “Ms. Ora’s” wreaths were made with vintage crocheted potholders and doilies, and I just loved the idea of using beautiful needleworked items in a wreath. So clever!  I found the doilies and potholders I needed to make the wreath on eBay and followed the directions on the 20 North Ora blog post with just a few exceptions.

1. I did use a straw wreath as instructed, but covered it with inexpensive white acetate ribbon instead of lace.  The wreath I selected is 13″ in diameter at the outer edges.

2. I didn’t use any glue, I just pinned the doilies on with T pins. I like the idea of being able to take this wreath apart and re-make it in a different color scheme/pattern if I want.

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Straw wreath covered with ribbon

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Crocheted pieces laid out, ready for pinning

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Pinned, before the bow was attached

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I think vintage needlework is lovely and am pleased with how well the three round pieces and three square potholders came together on this one wreath.  I just added a simple bow of aged and tattered lace to finish it off, and it was ready to hang. What do you think?

Personally, I really love that this wreath idea is so versatile.  By mixing different colors and patterns you can make themed wreaths for any occasion – Christmas, Chanukah, Valentine’s Day, Spring, 4th of July, and more. Or just choose colors and patterns that will appeal to you year-round and skip the seasonal reference!

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Oh, and by the way, if you happen to have any vintage crocheted potholders similar to those on my wreath, aren’t using them, and want them to go to a good home, please keep me in mind! I’d be happy to adopt them.  :]

Warm regards,
Melody

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6 Comments

  1. Posted December 18, 2012 at 8:22 am by susie carranza | Permalink

    LOVE this wreath! i’ve never hung a wreath in my home – this one makes me want to! 🙂

  2. Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:09 am by Melody | Permalink

    Susie,
    Thanks – I’m so glad you like it! I know what you mean, since I’m not a big wreath person either, but I just love this and may have some version of the wreath up year-round now. :]
    Melody

  3. Posted December 18, 2012 at 11:39 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    That’s so cool. The idea could be adapted in many ways.

  4. Posted December 18, 2012 at 12:12 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Jo,
    I totally agree. There are so many ways to go with this one idea! I’ll post future incarnations of the wreath if I make them – am already thinking about Valentine’s day, St. Patrick’s Day, spring, etc. :]
    Melody

  5. Posted December 19, 2012 at 2:17 pm by Amanda | Permalink

    I am so going to make me one for easter!! Awesome job, i just love it!

  6. Posted December 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Amanda,
    I’m sure your wreath will be darling – can’t wait to see it!
    Melody