Thursday, April 30, 2009

Geraniums and More Violets

More violets for me! This violet candle mat is a customer order. I told her last week that I should have it done by Friday, so I'm going to have to really work on this today to get it done for tomorrow and mailed out. I actually started making it, getting about half the little flowers on and then looking at it I thought "Hey, this doesn't look right". So I went back to the picture I had of the previous ones that I made and saw that I was using the wrong sized background wool for it. It was too big!
So, I had to start all over again cutting out more of those dang little violets and this time using the right sized template background.
I still have to attach more little violets to that inside ring and then attach the little leaves to each of the bunches. Then I'll sew on the backing, and I'm done. I'm going to keep it on the dining room table today so that I can work on it during free minutes and then finish it up tonight while watching Survivor and The Office. My customer is giving it to her mother-in-law for Mother's Day. I feel honored to be able to make it for her. Next project up to do is a geranium. I just drew it up last night and still have some leaf size adjustments to do before it turns into a pattern, but this is basically what it will look like. I made a template of the little flower so all I have to do is trace the flower onto freezer paper, dozens of times and iron that onto the wool.
I had a customer ask me back in February to make a gerainium, but with it still being winter, I asked her to wait until closer to geranium season so that I could see a real one. Seeing real ones right in front of me helps to get the size and shapes right and it gives me a better idea of the right colors to use too.
So Geraniums are out in the stores now, it's time to make them!
I'll make a pink one first just because I have the wool dyed and handy right now and then I'll attempt a red one if the pink turns out nice.

Oh, happy day! Rachel is coming home today! I'm hoping that my other sweetheart daughter will stop over to visit tonight too so that we can all be together. I love my girls!


Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

Makes me want to go out and buy African violets, reminds me of mom and her fuzzy violet plants. I'm so stuck on this for some reason! Beautiful.

Colleen said...

Just usual! You certainly are a very talented lady!

Floral Still Life said...

Oh, how I wish I could do what you do. It looks like you can also draw very well!!!!!!! I'm into doing floral still life photography because I can't draw. But I try. Today I posted a still life image I did of some pink geraniums. Drop by and "smell the flowers" at