It always amazes me that I can be making one thing and my brain can leap directly to a new idea just by using something as unasuming as a curtain ring. This happened to me the other day when I was using a curtain ring to act as the base loop for the top of a macrame plant hanger. I was removing the tiny screw at the top of the curtain ring when I realised that they would make the PERFECT base for christmas decorations because they already have the little loop to hang them from. Then as I was busy knotting away I remembered a large yarn wreath I made for my door last year using Woolly Mahoosive Mammoth yarn and a velvet ribbon, and a post by Liz on her instagram @ficklecraftroom using uber bright jewel like colours to run a Christmas wreath workshop, then came the lightbulb moment.
I had some Urban yarn from Yarn and Colours in my stash which is just a scaled down roving type yarn similar to the giant Woolly Mahoosive yarn. I imediately took my hook and started playing with crocheting around the ring and it worked like a dream. I grabbed my phone and ordered my body weight in 10mm velvet ribbons in ALL the colours and put a shout out on instagram for any scraps of Wool and the Gang Crazy Sexy Wool (I prefer the bright colours to that of yarn and colours for this particular make). A few days later all the ingredients arrived and the mini wreath was born. I am certainly NOT the first person to have crocheted a mini wreath using curtain rings but at the time when the idea came to me it jolly well felt like it...
So here it is. I have put together an ameture video to show you exactly what to do, but before you start you will need the following:
- 28mm curtain hooks
- Wool and the Gang 'crazy sexy wool' yarn (2meter lengths in colours of your choice) - or any chunky yarn will do
- 10mm wide velvet ribbon
- 7mm crochet hook
- craft wire
- double sided sticky tape
- glue gun
- sport weight yarn or embroidery thread for hanging.
So there you have it... I really hope you enjoyed making your decorations as much as I did. If you would like to share your makes I'd love to see them, you can find me on instagram @make.e and on facebook. Come and follow me for all the lastest makes and tutorials.