Nan Ivy was a pinnacle of my creativity, this was the first time I’d lost anyone I loved so much since I was an early teen. In that way, I have been very lucky but made it all that harder when she did pass. I knew I wanted to make something as a floral tribute, not only a keen crafter but a knowledgeable gardener; a crocheted wreath came to mind. I wasn’t sure how much I would be capable of after the unforeseen disappointment of being unable to give her my Painted Roses, but I continued nonetheless and began crocheting single flowers, and leaves under the inspiration of Lucy from Attic 24. Her gorgeous season wreaths spurred me on as I browsed Pinterest and my regular silent observer blogs.
During my childhood, crafting during the holidays was often a must under the instruction of Nan and Mum, with making table decorations and flowers to tie into garlands on the stairs. That is something I missed a great deal when I moved so far away, but I’m going to make this party of my holiday ritual – Homemade Decorations. But there are at least another six months before I need to start planning that misadventure.
Other family past times would include all ten of us gathered at Nan and Grandad’s house looking through projection slides, and black and white photos from an old leather bound suitcase. The two above our of my Nan in the background and my Great, Great Nan knitting in the garden. Sitting in the garden was always one of our favourite things to do, making teepee’s with bamboo sticks and an old bedsheet, or fishing for newts and frogs in the pond with a worm on a stick. Flowers and the garden where often a big part of mine and my brother’s childhood, being taken out on day-long excursions to open garden walks around a single village or on the hunt for specialist nurseries in the middle of nowhere. Or the favourite (I use this term very, very loosely) min the Wren Centre mini bus days out where we’d take planned visits to large gardens like Hever Castle or Bressingham.
My knowledge of flowers hasn’t failed me over the years and luckily it’s something that Ethan loves, so I’m more than happy to pass this onto him.
These beautiful poppies were a free pattern from Em on Craftsy. They look a lot more difficult to make than they really are, I think they look more like Anemone’s which grew in the garden in so many colours. Clusters of three crocodile style leaves where from Marcinha Henequim, small single leaves from Lucy at Attic 24, large maple leaves from Laura at HappyBerry Crochet and the Hydrangea are from my own little fiddles.
Worked in US Terms or View chart
sc – single crochet
ch – chain
sl st – slip stitch
dc – double crochet
Round One: Into a magic circle, *sc and ch2* repeat four times and join to first sc with sl st.
Round Two: *Sl st into next chain space. Ch3, 2dc into ch2 space, ch1, 2dc, ch 3 and sl st into same space* end of the first petal, repeat this in each chain space. Sl st to the bottom of the first ch3.
I hope it makes sense, if it doesn’t please let me know, I’ve attached a chart to demonstrate it a little better. I worked them in a selection of pinky purples and finished them off with pearl topped pins.
Finished with a blue organza ribbon, some swift glue gunning and a kind donation of posies from one of the ladies on the Crochet UK facebook page I feel my personal tribute did Nan proud. I also made a handful of butterflies for our family wreath, which channelled all of our imagination into things about Nan. My brother’s wood skills never fail him when it comes to creativity, it really does run in the family. Something so bright, beautiful and ever proud to be her Granddaughter.
And finally, I wanted something for her to keep a reminder of all the wonder of her life. Esther’s Seamless Waterlily fitted the bill perfectly and it was nice and easy to put together. I couldn’t be more pleased with what I managed to put together given the circumstances. I really hope I can do her proud.