Sunday, September 25, 2016
Almost Back From Vacation
So, I was able to only have 3 days of getaway but it was a productive time, albeit shorter than planned.
The first piece I went after was this wisteria bouquet, which came out really well, except she is missing leaves. I face-palmed when I realized I had already bound her up and left out the leaves and butterflies and things that make these pieces really pop. So I will either put her up at a discount, or just unmount her and start over.
The next piece I attempted were these three, a true peony style. I have wanted to make one of these for a while but never had the experimental nerve to risk losing chirimen. I made the blue one first, which I didn't like that you can't see the patterned fabric hardly. I made the red one next, and tried to cut the petal a different size. I made the fourth one last, but I still think the first method was the best. So, print on the exterior of the petal, and solid interior. I used 1.5 inch squares for the outer ring and trimmed them up a bit for the second inner ring. The third is one inch squares folded in rounded petal, but with just three. My base was 1 3/4 inch circle.
Then I got into the barrettes, which are coming out beautifully! I love my pink one and the green one, I really get to show off prints and small left over colors I only have a few scraps remaining.
I also have tons of mizuhiki to use for this now, and I am really looking forward to using that. I just need to find some gold and silver, but I do have several other colors.
I started with an order of 10 for the forms and I have already covered them all in fabric. I am still deciding exactly how I am going to cover each one, but it is going to be a lot of fun to experiment.
There are several other pieces I have not photographed just because they were nothing beyond my usual work. I did a large momiji on a hair stick and another attempt at a peony cluster in blue and purple. I also started a autumn colored kiku for a comb or bouquet. But I have enjoyed doing these barrettes the most. There will be LOTS more of these.