After a busy Christmas season, I finally found time at the end of 2018 to hit 'publish' on my latest tutorial. It is no exaggeration when I say this one took me a LONG time to finish. I started it back in the spring but really struggled with finding the right colours, flower combinations and sizes to fit the picture I had in my head.
But, fast forward a few months (and then a few more) and things finally started falling into place. My original colour palette was completely scrapped over a coffee and crafting session with my mum and the a-ha moments started to outweigh the uh-oh ones. And so - drum roll - I bring you, my Dahlias in Bloom Wreath.
Yes, another wreath! I had a lot of fun making my Blushing Anemone Wreath earlier in 2018 and had already decided I wanted to work on another, but this time with some deeper autumnal colours. An earthy mustard and yellow take centre stage in this one and I'm still in love with those flashes of silver, icy blue and raspberry pink.
One of the best parts of working on this design was getting outside to study real Dahlias in the flesh as they budded and bloomed through the summer. We had/have (let's hope my tuber storage skills survive the winter!) some beautiful deep red Dahlias in the garden and they were relentless in bringing bloom after bloom during the summer and well into the autumn. I've based my design on a Waterlily type Dahlia and my tutorial includes patterns for a bud, a bloom and the fully open flower.
So, how long will this take you to make? Okay... let's start with a disclaimer. There is a lot of cutting out with this pattern! You will make the Dahlias petal-by-petal, but I promise that it's worth it. The finished flowers are beautifully textured and intricate; I only use hand-cut templates in my paid-for tutorials so they are accessible to as many people as possible.
My best advice with this one is to take your time and ENJOY those moments of crafting bliss. Remember that cutting out is as much of the process as assembling the flowers. I spoke to a customer at a Christmas event who said she found the repetitive rhythm of cutting hugely therapeutic and meditative. I tend to agree.
And when you buy the tutorial you also get two alternative arrangement ideas included. The first is for a bouquet (pictured above) using the same flowers from the wreath - so even if you're not a wreath kind of person you can still make a beautiful year-round vase display. The second is a more compact wreath display using slightly less flowers, so if you do want to reduce the making time, this one is perfect for you!
Whichever version you choose to make, I hope you LOVE getting your craft on with this one. And don't forget to share your makes over on Instagram and Facebook by tagging me (@thehandmadeflorist) or using the hashtag #thehandmadefloristmakes. I can't wait to see your makes!