Monday, September 7, 2009

oh my, it's a giveaway


Okay, I know what I said back when I posted this photo of my hydrangea. I expressed doubt as to whether or not I could duplicate this wonder into embroidery floss and fabric. I wanted to just let it go but a little voice in my head kept saying, "but the flower centers - they are totally french knots - can't you see it? The flower cluster is round like an embroidery hoop for heaven's sake!"

So, I had to try it out. I searched the fabric store for the just the right fabric but came up empty handed. I ended up hand painting my own white cotton with some thinned acrylic paint mixed with an additive specifically for making acrylic paint softer and flexible when painted on fabric. (really fun!)

I attached them all with french knots and added some padding when I put it all together in the hoop just to give it a little dimension. I loved getting to try some new things with this project. It just goes to show how inspiring your own backyard can be.

Now for the good part: I'm giving one away! I made two: one blueish one pinkish (obviously) and figured I would let the giveaway winner pick the one she(or he???) wanted and then put the other in the shop. So you are invited to leave a comment and give yourself a chance to acquire a little 4 inch piece of Summer that will last you all year long. I'll pick a winner on Thursday, yea!

19 comments:

Jessica said...
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Wood Violet said...

Oh, that is so beautiful! Please count me in for the giveaway. I would love to have it hanging in my home.
Karen
kareno369(@)hotmail(dot)com

Melissa Crowe said...

How clever you are, my dear. Count me in! (I love the blue one--which is surprising, given my obvious attachment to pink!)

RosaMarĂ­a said...

wow!!! what a beautiful hoop!!! please count me in for your lovely giveaway, and thanks for that!!

Julie T said...

Count me in, too! Absolutely beautiful! I would have a hard time picking between the two. :)

Caitlin said...

I love it! Very beautiful! I'll enter myself for the giveaway!

Alejandra Alcantara said...

You are such an artist! Hydrangeas natives of China and Japan. I will keep my fingers crossed so I can display your beautiful work in my craft room....
Alexandra

Jessica said...

Gorgeous! I think you came close to duplicating the real thing... impossible to do perfectly w/ a hydrangea (my favorite flower), but you came close! I love the padding underneath; it captures the shape so well. Thanks for giving one of them away!

Jo Ashcroft said...

This is fantastic. I try to make brooches which look like flowers- the latest is a camellia but they are no where near as authentic as this. Please enter me for the draw

Karin said...

Those are gorgeous, especially the blue one. How detailed, I'm impressed! Thank you for the chance of winning this wonderful piece.

Dix said...

These are beautiful and look difficult to keep the pieces from going all over. Hope I will win the pink one.

Digital Misfit said...

Oh I love hydrangeas, especially in blue.
I was admiring these beauties on Flick earlier today. Such amazing and delicate work.

hugs,
Heidi
heidig@gmail.com

Melissa said...

very, very clever. my nan had a backyard full of hydrangeas. they are such striking flowers.

Deb said...

I love love love that. Please count me in. do we get extra points for being followers (hint hint)

Anne D said...

Amazing. They turned out beautifully. Thanks for the chance to win!!

Becky said...

So very, very clever and BEE-UU-Teee-Ful!!!!

Mary said...

Those are adorable. Love the blog. got me out of lurkdom for this;)

Lucie said...

it's so pretty... nice work :)

awesomeave said...

Is it too late to enter? Oh well, I still want to comment and say that this is adorable. Love hydrangeas!

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