Sunday, June 05, 2011

I can't believe the fun is over

This canvas has been so much fun to stitch.  As Judith said in class today it was liberating.  Not too many rules, fresh bold colors and lots of big stitches.  That's exactly what I felt this canvas called for - freshness and a little funkiness.

One of my surprises for today's class was a bag of super special buttons that Karen Hennessey the designer of the Zecca canvases created for us.  We put our heads together throughout the project and thought what would be really special and make this canvas even more Zecca-ish.  Well, buttons of course!

We added a few flowers and some leaves and the very, very special dragonfly body complete with swarovski crystals.

We covered rings with Silk Lamé Braid and then embellished them with French Knots to create the little round flowers in the background.

The other flowers used more of the same techniques developed in the first flowers -- lovely ribbons and embroidery stitches!

Last but not least was the bird's nest.  I wanted to stitch with something that would be in the same scale as the rest of the flowers, so we needed a big ribbon for the nest.  Check out what we used.  It's a wonderful, magical ribbon with just a hint of glitter.

I've had a wonderful time with you Mama Bird, may you enjoy your nest.  When next we see you, you will have a beautiful special frame surrounding you in your garden.
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