Wednesday, April 08, 2009
I've always been highly allergic to applique. That's probably because I've never been a huge flower fan.
Who could possibly NOT like flowers?? Well, it's not that I don't like them; I've just never found them hugely interesting as a theme or motif. And while I really admire and appreciate the artistry in elaborate floral applique quilts, they just don't grip me. To be perfectly honest, they bore me. There. I said it.
But flowers that are stylized or exaggerated or folk arty--now that's getting more into my territory. That's what first intrigued me in the Sue Spargo designs. So now, here I am appliqueing flowers. Wool flowers, folk art flowers, but flowers nonetheless. It would be reasonable to figure that hell has at least partially frozen over.
Here's a bit more of a close-up on the developing Spargo blocks, which are really turning out to be fun, despite containing the dreaded applique. I am confronting the beast.
This one below is a detail of the block at the top of the post. I tried a bit of embroidery on top of the wool pieces. The embroidery uses perle cotton.
This block below is also pretty much finished--I added a few buttons to the wool 'flowers', fastening them on with French knots. It had been a long time since I made any French knots!
Here you can see a bit more detail. I'm liking the buttonhole stitch around the round flower! This was also done with perle cotton.
Here's a block just begun. The stems are narrow strips of wool, and I've been whip-stitching them down to the base, as you can see. The stems are so narrow--I liked the look of this better than stitching through those fragile stems. And the thread adds some texture and a design element. And I'm all about the design element!! Don't look at the unevenness of the stitches--after all, this is Folk Art.
It was easy to do--the wool sticks to itself very nicely, and other than a pin or two and a bit of glue stick, everything stays in place pretty well.
Finally, here's a block I made on the first weekend of the project. This one will probably get a bit more embellishment--embroidery, beading, or buttons. Fun!