Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Craft-Along: Supply List

I know I should have a plan, but I don't. Well I do but it is pretty much limited to "make this wreath."

Since this is my first craft-along, I figured you guys would go easy on me. If I make mistakes, I make mistakes.  You like knowing I'm human, right?

That said, my "general supply list" is about as specific as my plan.  For one thing, I'm painting the NPJ Headquarters for the Creation of Pure Delight so everything is in chaos and I have no idea what scraps I have where. The other reason is that I don't want you to feel like you have to run out and buy specific fabrics or colors or a shiny new sewing machine.  I also don't want you to feel like you are crafting in the dark so following is

a list of items that will probably be handy in making your wreath.

Picture frame, 16x20 or smaller
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Sewing needle
Fabric scraps
*Iron (for getting out wrinkles, not the kind you get from eating a lot of red meat)
*Fray stopping liquid or spray

And now a few notes.

The starred items are bonus supplies.  You may want to have them around, but your wreath will look fab even if you decide to forgo this part of the list.

You won't actually need the frame until assembly day (September 27) so don't fret if you can't find one lying about.  You'll want something with some heft; as in, no poster frames or other sorts of skinny rectangular nonsense. Great places to find good wood frames on the cheap include JoAnns and Micheals (they usually have cheap framed art or slightly damaged frames in their respective clearance aisles), garage sales, Goodwill-type thrift stores, antique shops, and flea markets.

If you plan to hang your wreath outdoors or if you will be storing it in an area that is not temperature controlled, you may want to consider using a high temp glue gun.  I mean, it gets pretty hot in Tampa so I could totally see the flowers of my wreath sliding to the attic floor when May's temperatures re-melt the glue holding my wreath together. Can I get an "amen" from my peeps in Texas?

If you absolutely have to buy fabric please do not buy more than a quarter of a yard. Really, I doubt you'll need more than an eighth of a yard. Also, if you are buying fabric for your wreath stick to fabrics that won't fray such as felt, cotton jersey (t-shirt material), tulle, and nylon chiffon. This is an excellent project for recycling clothing too old or too stained to donate, scraps from other projects, or bedding and curtains you never plan to use again. Likewise, you can get a ton of fabric from skirts and dresses, or large shirts (especially men's dress shirts) found at garage sales and thrift stores.

I believe that about covers it. For a vague list I got oddly specific there at the end. Has everyone picked a color scheme yet?  I still can't decide!  I like the honey + gray combo in Delia's tutorial, but I'm also feelin' Halloween-y. And I am in the middle of a love afair withh all the shades between green and blue.  Yipes! I better decide!


Erratt Family said...

I'm thinking creams, tans, whites and purples for mine, but I change my mind all the time!

TerraNerda said...

Got my supplies and Amen for remelting hot glue in Texas - I am opting for having them be indoor wreaths. Can't wait to get started!