Have you ever been so excited by something that you simply cannot wait? Let me be more specific. Have you ever been so inspired by a craft book that you have had to stop everything and start creating immediately? Well recently I have been physically and mentally broken and I have turned to craft as part of the healing process. I have always been a maker and a creator but when times are really hard I need something tangible that I can complete, and see, and touch. A task that has a clear outcome, and let’s be honest here emotional stuff is rarely clear or concise and often has no defined outcome. With all of that in mind I decided to buy 2 new books about craft.
Wreaths is one of the most visually stunning books I have ever seen. I have read it cover to cover over and over again. Apart from Christmas and a few crafty bits with glue guns and polystyrene my wreath making is non existent so I was eager to get stuck in and learn something new.
When dealing with nature it is important to accept that nature is the one in charge and the shapes you find are the ones you respond to. Yes the book is inspirational but you do not and should not spend days searching for a piece of honesty in the exact shape as the one in the book that is simply daft. I have forgotten how freeing working with nature can be as you are responding to it and not manipulating the material to your choosing as we do with so many other crafts. In that way you have to let go of your inner control freak a little and that helps train your brain that letting go is okay.
As someone who has lots of herbs growing around in the garden and the wild I chose to make an apothecary wreath.
I started by making small bunches of flowers and leaves. Next I played around with the placement of them on an old embroidery hoop. Once I was happy I secured the main elements in with floral tape. Lastly I filled the gaps with additional bunches.
I am so hooked on this, the whole house is filled with various blooms and leaves I am drying, there is a lot of trail and error as to how well things dry when you are like me and have limited floral knowledge under your belt.I have a pair of scissors and secateurs in my bag on dog walks, (don’t worry I am not stealing from gardens, wasteland and railway sidings only).