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I just put the finishing touches on the wreath by attaching the cording and the last few decorative eggs. You can see the progress I've made on this kit on my Instagram page. Now that the kit is completed, it is time for my official review of this needlecraft kit.
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Normally I can move very quickly through these kits since the symbols remain the same for each kit. This wasn't the case for this one. The colors I normally use on these needlecraft kits aren't being used for this one. Therefore I had to move slower throughout the process to double check symbols and making sure if I was using the right color.
Important Facts About This Craft KitThe wreath is made up of 12 eggs. There are 6 solid color eggs and 6 decorative eggs. Once the kit is finished, the wreath will be 15 inches by 15 inches (38.10 cm by 38.10 cm).
Bucilla kits are great for crafters since they come with almost everything you need for your project. The Easter Egg Wreath includes the following items:
- all the felt for the project. All the pieces are stamped with numbers and symbols so you how to attach pieces as well as where embroidery stitches and sequins go.
- two needles
- diagram and directions
You will also need scissors, paper/pencil for cording, and straight pins if you like to pin items in place as you sew. I also recommend using a plastic grocery bag and paper plates as you work on needlecraft kits. Grocery bags are a great way to keep your fabric scraps and trash. The paper plate keeps your sequins and beads organized.
Where can I buy this kit?The best way to find this kit is looking online or doing a good google search. When I look for craft kits, I look at three places. First, check out Amazon. Amazon offers a good selection of Bucilla felt applique kits including this one.
===> Click here to buy the egg wreath from Amazon!
Next, check out Plaid Crafts website. They have a shop which has some of their latest craft kits. The egg wreath is still available on this site.
===> Click here to buy the egg wreath from Plaid Crafts!
Finally, there is Merry Stockings. Merry Stockings is an online retailer that specifically specializes in needlecraft kits. They often work closely with Plaid Crafts on Bucilla products. Thanks to this partnership, Merry Stockings gets the latest Bucilla kits even before Amazon.
===> Click here to buy the egg wreath from Merry Stockings!
If you still aren't having any luck finding this kit, you can always search Google. Just type "Bucilla Easter Egg Wreath" and you'll get over 79,000 results.
I ran out of supplies. What should I do?If you run out of thread or sequins, you can find these items at your local craft store. When I run out of materials, I always reach for my extra materials I get from other craft kits. This is especially handy when I use any of the clear or color beads for the sequins.
While the thread and sequins can be easily found at a craft store, I haven't had much luck finding any of the beads. If I exhaust all the beads I have, I sent a request to Plaid Crafts asking them for more. Retailers such as Plaid Crafts and Merry Stockings keep extra materials on hand in case customers run out. Just send them an e-mail letting them know what materials you ran out of, where you bought your kit, and your address. Plaid Crafts will also ask for your kit number so make sure you keep your packing. The kit number will be in the top right corner.
Once Plaid Crafts gets your information, wait a few days and you'll get your supplies in the mail. I usually get an envelope with beads 4-5 days after I send them an e-mail.
Putting Everything TogetherThis needlecraft kit requires you to make all the elements of the wreath first. Once all the elements are complete, you will use the applique stitch to attach every egg onto the wreath. Unlike other kits, the crafter gets some choice over the layout of your wreath. You can organize the eggs on your wreath any way you like, but for this review I tried replicating the image on the package and diagram as much as possible.
If this is your first craft kit, I recommend taking a few minutes to look at the instructions as well as examining the diagram. This will help you get a general feel of the project design and let you plan how you want to sew this kit. Don't forget to take a look at the diagram's key so you can start to familiarize yourself with what the symbols mean.
Decorative EggsThe first portion of the needlecraft kit is making all the decorative eggs. Each of the eggs have a different design, but the process is similar for all the eggs. You'll be adding sequins the main egg base first. Next is adding embroidery and sequins to the individual pieces for the design. Finally, you'll attach everything onto the egg base before applique everything together.
When I made these eggs, I decided to put the sequin borders on before the larger individual egg pieces. I tend to put the pieces on in order of the number felt pieces. This is my personal preference, but feel free to follow the directions which have you put the larger pieces first then applique the borders. This will give you a much more three dimensional look for the eggs and not show the edges to the larger felt pieces like the one shown in the image next to this paragraph.
Solid Colored EggsOnce the decorative eggs are finished, this needlecraft kit moves onto the solid color eggs. These eggs are much easier to make than the decorative eggs since they just have a sequin border as decoration. There are 6 solid color eggs on the wreath. The instructions want you to make 2 eggs of the same color for one step. I decided to do something different. I started sewing the solid color eggs from the top left of the wreath in a counter-clockwise way.
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The Wreath BaseUnlike some of the previous wreath kits, this kit has a wreath base for the completed eggs. The instructions want you to add all the eggs then attach the cording at the end. When it came time for this step, I attached all the solid colored eggs first. The material used for the wreath base was a little tough to use at first. The needle didn't want to go through the fabric so I had to put a little more pressure on the needle to get it to through the material. There were a few times I almost stabbed myself as I did these eggs so make sure you have a thimble when you do this step.
Next, I attached the cording piece to the back of the wreath. I normally have trouble adding cording once the project is finished, so I decided to add it earlier than what the instructions recommend. Finally, I added the decorative eggs. The decorative eggs were the hardest part to add to the wreath. since you have to sew through polyster fiber fill in the solid colored eggs to make sure they stay on the wreath.
When I got to the decorative eggs, I was trying to get them to fit inside the designated spots on the wreath base. Several of the eggs were much too small for these spots. After playing around with placement, I just did the best I could. If you look closely at the wreath image above this post, some of the white base is showing on certain sections of the wreath. You can trim the wreath base before you start sewing to prevent this from happening, but I recommend waiting until all the eggs are attached to do any trimming. This will make it easier to spot these white space and fix vs. trying to predict where these white spaces will be before you start.
ConclusionBucilla Easter Egg Wreath needlecraft kit is a great example of a intermediate kit for any crafter making the jump from beginning craft projects into a much more advanced project. This is a perfect kit for anyone interested in making a Bucilla kit. Advanced crafters might find this design very simple and not very challenging, but this kit does offer crafters an opportunity to play with the arrangement of the eggs on the wreath. That is something that is rarely seen in these kinds of needlecraft kits.
Would you like to see more Easter needlecraft kits? Let me know in the comments and I'll do my best to make it happen.