My friend Bernadette Burke of Bernie B Productions is a Film Festival Curator and Producer for the 2012 Sydney Fringe Festival and had commissioned (my first!) a piece for the occassion. The "brief" if I chose to accept (of course!) was to make a sunflower with a "B" in the centre using any materials I wish. I was thinking about making quilled curls for the centre and petals made of crepe paper, but it would surely be crushed during transit to Sydney. Since I prefer stitching, I decided on using felt and embroidery wool.
To make the centre of the sunflower, I cut out a circle of brown felt measuring about 19cm in diametre. Bernie sent me a "B" in Helvetica font which I increased to size 500. I cut out the "B" in blue felt which I anchored to the brown felt with small stitches.
DMC embroidery wool consist of four strands which need to be separated which was a really tedious process. For the blue, I use one strand of 7297 and one strand of 7306 (threaded in one needle), and the browns were a combination of 7469 and 7489, and 7488 and 7467. The fun bit (well, fun for me anyway) was creating the french knots to resemble the tiny sunflower seeds.
So I knotted, knotted...and knotted...and knotted some more, for about 2 weeks until the centre of the sunflower was complete! I then mounted the embroidered onto a round piece of stiffen felt using a lacing method rather then glue as I was worried about leaving any residue.
I wanted bright, lively petals so I enlarge the petal templates from Amy Butler's Snow Mum Pillow pattern to 150%, and cut out 16 lots of large, medium and small yellow felt petals.
I complete the project a couple of weeks before the deadline so Bernie has a one of a kind, lovingly hand embroidered felt sunflower!
|How exciting! CheeKeeLee got a mention on the pamplet!|
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