Monday, May 9, 2011

Helpful Inspirations


In my last post, I mentioned how I planned to focus on flowers and butterflies for my next designs.

At the time, I had a really nifty idea in mind for a candle mat which was inspired by all the new flowers popping up outside and also by



This is a set of Mary Engelbrit paper placements that I purchased a few years ago. We don’t use paper placements, ever, but I bought them anyway simply because the design was so festive and pretty.

I’ve always loved Mary Engelbrit’s art and quite often she has provided me with inspirations.

That set of placements inspired me to draw this:

CIMG0308 I love all the bright colors in the set of placemats so I drew up the initial design and started coloring it in to get a sense of color placement.

I knew that I wanted some butterflies and dragonflies so I fit them both into the design.

I didn’t really want a black background though.  I’ve used blacks and whites and greens waaaay too many times in my design background.

I wanted something different.

So I dyed up some pretty pale yellow and along with all the rest of the dyed colors, I started stitching ….

CIMG0294    I liked  loved how the white flowers looked against the pale yellow, but I wasn’t happy at all with the reds and yellows of these flowers.

So my choice was to either go back to the dye pots to dye up some paler colors or ….

CIMG0295 just make the entire candle mat with white flowers!

Which I did!

I love this look.


I still wanted the dragonflies and butterflies …

CIMG0298I tried, I really did try!

But I just couldn’t get the little guys’ colors right so that it would blend in but yet stand out from the flowers.

So the idea for butterflies and dragonflies was scrapped for now.

I’ll use these guys in some other design but thanks to Mary Engelbrit and my wrong/bad dyeing adventures, I was led into creating this……


CIMG0307 Which I’m very very happy with!

I hope to have the pattern for this available to purchase by the end of the week!


Happy Day everyone!


Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Oh Cathy, That turned out really nice. Liked the original plan too. Get busy on those butterflies!!!! Lois

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Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Oh Cath, another vision of beauty, your design eye is amazing, very sweet:) Hope you have a wonderful week!

BCHope said...

Cath, I can't wait for the new pattern. I love the all white flowers!!! Will keep checking for it!!!! Thanks!

Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

Your final design is beautiful. I love the bright flowers, but they need to be together on their own penny rug.

tintocktap said...

Love the dragon flies - hope you can find an alternative solution!