4.5" x 4.5" Standard Acrylic ring Tray
Fire and Iris
Written by: JoAnn Gardella
Published: March 28, 2023
Finish Style: Island House Needlepoint Flat Finish For 4.5″ x 4.5″ Standard Acrylic Ring Tray
Finisher: Island House Needlepoint
Designer: Fire and Iris
Canvas Name / ID: Rustic Wreath with stitch guide by Fire and Iris / FI-W1
Mesh Size: 13 Mesh Mono canvas
Artwork: Stitch-painted onto canvas
Background – Finca – Pearl Cotton #5 – Color 1000 (1 ball for background and border)
Branches – Wilted Threads – Vineyard Silk – Bark – Color Number C-038 (stash scraps)
Greenery – Tilly Tomas – Essentials – Eucalyptus (light green) – Color Number C-727 (1 card)
Greenery – Tilly Tomas – Essentials – Wreath (med green) – Color Number C-730 (1 card)
Greenery – Tilly Tomas – Essentials – Bough (dark green) – Color Number C-732 (1 card)
Berries – Wilted Threads – Vineyard Silk – Bonfire – Color Number C-225 (stash scraps)
When I received the blank canvas from Kayla at Fire and Iris I was stunned how simple it looked. The beauty in this winter wreath was derived from that simplicity. Kayla’s stitch guide details the process for adding the base sticks onto which three layers of greenery were overlayed and finally the berries were added over the greens for the perfect touch. If you are choose to stitch this creative piece Kayla’s fabulous stitch guide is a must, it is in fact equally as important as the canvas!
In the fall of 2023 Kayla organized a stitch along for those that purchased the winter wreath and her guide. I participated in a wonderful zoom meeting where many of us in the stitch along were able to share our experiences stitching the piece. It was wonderful to meet others stitching the same canvas, seeing the ways we each choose to personalize it as well as seeing the many ways people planned to finish them.
I am not going to give away the secrets of Kayla’s stitch guide here but I will say that for the purpose of finishing the piece into a square ring tray it is best to stick the background side to side and include a solid row of tent stitch on the outside column. This ensured that there was good coverage behind the open stitches and gave me something to anchor to when finishing.
I look forward to dressing my acrylic ring tray with this beautiful wreath for the holiday season for many years to come! I can’t wait for Fire and Iris releasing additional wreaths spanning the seasons.