warm, soft, bright days - many still with early morning misty fog, but it burns off quickly and the sun shines brightly in a soft blue sky
yesterday i wandered out into the backyard and found chives almost a foot high already and my tiny lilac in bud
i've been working on a bit of a floral theme in my needlework as well...
my patched and appliqued pocket-piece is sporting a lovely textured flower, each petal different - one plain, a tiny embroidered flower adorning another, the rest cut from fme lace cloth made by yours truly
i stitched a tiny, tiny buttonhole stitch around the raw edges using a fine off-white linen thread that sinks right in to the fabric and is barely discernible... it added no "weight" to the appliques, nor did it alter their delicacy at all - simply just holding everything in place
i'm at a thinking point with that piece at the moment - a stand-still
not sure what i want to do next...
whenever this happens to me i turn to something new
taking the idea in a new direction, exploring a few possibilities, but on a different piece
i made a textured background using a piece of wool, a raggedy scrap of lace, a length of rayon ribbon and some bits of patterned cotton cloth
more "patches", here, pinned in place
love how the little flower echoes in the lace
not taking too long with this, wanting something that will disappear a little, not in the fore-front... much of it will be covered by the flower-petals-to-come
though it will add interest to the overall effect, i think... i hope
then the decisions for the flower... colour, shape, number...
i settled on a brown check for the flower centre and a mottled red with dark brown accents for most of the petals but a few few in a lighter red
the differences are rather noticeable here, but i think they'll be less so as i add the embroidery - outlining each petal with decorative stitch and then even more on their surfaces
that's the plan anyway - now to decide on threads, colours and stitches
there's always something that has to be decided - planned out, just like a real flower bed
colour, spacing, height, fillers, edging plants, textures and so on
first up is structure though - i need to applique these in place before i can do anything else
and while i'm doing that, i'll think about what comes next...