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Photo: Betz White

An oldie but a goodie, Betz White's felted sweater wreath has been on my radar for a few years now and I'm finally ready to tackle it. Ready for the tutorial?:

"I started with a 12" straw wreath form that I bought at Michael's. I didn't even take the plastic wrapping off because the wreath started to shed straw bits all over the floor. I wrapped the whole wreath first with long wide strips I cut from a green felted sweater. It looked a bit like it was bandaged up, but I didn't want any of the straw parts showing from the sides.

I have a giant stash of ribbing pieces leftover from felted wool sweaters. You could just as easily use felted wool that was flat knit and not ribbing. I just rolled them up from one end a few times then secured them to the form with a "greening" pin, which is kind of like a cross between a hair pin and a staple! (also purchased at Michael's) Once the beginning of the roll was secured, I kept rolling the rib around and pinned the other end in. Some of the ribbings I snipped (before rolling) so that it would look fringey, others I folded and snipped to make them look loopy! And of course, some I just left as is for the ever-popular sock ball effect."

Didn't she do a lovely job? Congrats, Betz -- we LOVE it!



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