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Anyway, it's taken me a while to get around to making something from the book, but I finally have. I decided to go for this project first:
It's a fabric 'vase'.
Once I'd got this done I started the more fun part of creating flowers (of course I wanted 'handmade' flowers!). But I came up against a bit of a problem, I couldn't get my flowers to stand up in the vase. I tried a variety of different 'flowers' with a variety of different stalks - wires, pipe cleaners etc, but the flowers kept flopping forward. If you look at the photo from the book, above, you can see that the hoop is a longer, oval hoop and the vase is a much taller shape than mine. I think a very light weight flower on wire would probably work in that scenario, but I'm not sure my preferred flowers would have worked, even in that vase. After wracking my brains I came up with the idea of putting my flowers on a thin, wooden skewer, painted green. This was strong and rigid enough to hold my flower heads upright and work in my vase.
Here's my first flower:
|I cut the skewer to the length I wanted and lightly sanded the rough edge before painting.|
I made this one in the same way I made flowers for a quilt - here. And then I just zigzagged it on to a piece of wool to back it. A piece of green wool worked to sew in my 'skewer' stalk.
Again with a piece of green wool to secure the stalk:
I'd quite like to make some flowers that would work as a 'bouquet' in here:
But these ones are all a bit too large for that I think. Perhaps even something like my button bouquet could work, but I think that would need a much deeper vase.
I was planning on giving this hoop as a present, but I think I might keep it for us! The girls both love it too. I'm sure it's something I'll make again, as well as lots of other ideas from the book. And it's something that sparked off another idea that I'll hopefully show you tomorrow. But that's it for today,