(Reworked, Revised, & Updated)
It’s that time of the year, & there has been some activity on this pattern for a few weeks now. I wasn’t too happy with colours & working when I first made it. So, it was time to rework the pattern, as well as create a proper pdf, with diagram, to download.
This time I used more Christmasy colours & added a sprinkling of beads.
Being fairly small at 4½ cms diameter, it can be used as a tree ornament, a decoration/adornment for gifts, sewn on to a headband, or be used as a pendant, a brooch, or earrings ; embellishments & colours can be customized.
(click to download pdf with diagram)This is a 2-round tiny motif where the base 1st round, made of split rings, forms a large flower, and the 2nd round is freeform, interweaving a chain through the center of the flower medallion. The freeform weaving lends a 3D interlaced effect to the 2D flower wreath & makes each ornament unique.
Round 1 is made of 8 split rings, in 2 colours, size 20 thread, and uses padded double stitch, ending in a Lock Chain loop for hanging.
8 SRs are needed to get a central space large enough for normal shuttles to pass through when interlacing Rnd 2.
TIP : Padding the stitch (pds) can cause some twisting of thread. Suspend shuttle to remove twists.
Unlike the earlier attempt, this time I used size 40 thread for the freeform round. Beads were also added to represent berries.Load more beads in both shuttles than strictly required so that one has plenty to play around with.
TIP : The thorns can be frayed for a different look.
The 2 versions together.
I guess I could've made the vine less dense. ...
One can use just the freeform vine pattern for a bracelet in customized colours/embellishments. ! It is, after all, the freeform that makes each piece unique & exclusive. No two will be the same !
For complete pattern download : Thorny WreathI'm sorry for the blank 4th page - tried my best but it just won't go :-((
Some Techniques used (click for link to tut) :
Padded Double Stitch (pds)
Martha Ess' Folded Rings
Corina's Fringe This can be used if one is not using beads . Instead of beads, preload the fringe thorns.
My spot adaptation of Corina's Fringe
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