1/20/2010

Daffodil progress

I finished the satin-stitch daffodil last night and am happy with how it fills the space...





I have only two patches left and I planned to do SRE daffodils and daisies in one.. But in my fantasy the space was much larger and I hoped to have massive amounts of ribbon daffodils, daisies and larkspur. In actuality it is quite small and further complicated by a gorgeous piece of handkerchief lace that I don't want to obscure...

So I traced the odd triangular space and sketched a simpler version of daffs and daisies.... I usually have no qualms about extending out of a patch but this doesn't seem to be the time for romping about with a motif.



In the undecided space I had from the beginning wanted to do a stumpwork garden hat for two reasons. It fits with the spring garden theme and it echos the garden hats the girls are wearing.
But I had also really wanted to do an art deco daffodil and this is the only space large enough. I just might work the garden hat in with the sun on the silky frame... decisions...decisions....

For SRE reference and inspiration I am using my all-time favorite ribbon book...Ribbon Renaissance by Helen Eriksson. I've mentioned this book before but it's worth mentioning again. She has fabulous daffodils and daisies and great instructions.. I especially love the book for the diversity of flowers she uses in her projects.

Finally you can see that the block is starting to fill up although I have LOTS and LOTS more to put on it because I love encrusted. AND hopefully you are seeing how the terracotta, yellows, and oranges are carrying your eye around the block... I did echo the tiny bit of lavender in the thistle with the lavender in the flower cart.
I have some marvelous metal sun buttons I need to find as they would be perfect here. Isn't just starting to shout SPRING?????

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh my! That daffodil has such a 3D effect. Just lovely. The whole block just sings! Suzie in Idaho

Ati. said...

Looking at this block the Spring feeling are coming! ( but in real life it takes a very looooong time)

Momma Bear said...

OOh pretty!
I especially love your birds, the look like they might hop off the piece!

Wendy said...

Your block is beautiful Gerry. I just love everything you have done so far. Once again your talent is showing up loud and clear. So beautiful.

Cobi said...

what a lovely block is growing here Gerry. I'm loving every bit of it. I'm very fond of yellow, esp the yellow/purple combo. I'm quite curious how much you'll be able to fit into the empty spaces. are going to dress up the lace around the silky? are you going to sprinkle bees around the block?

Cathy K said...

Achingly beautiful!!

Plays with Needles said...

Hi Gerry! I'm finally getting caught up on all of your posts! All the daffodils in this block are just divine! But I really think you need to turn up the heat a few notches to protect your stake in your husband...*wink

I watched a show on Oprah once and she had a guest on who wrote a book titled Why Men Cheat...now, I'm not saying your husband would but...

He said that one of the key ingredients for keeping a relationship spicy was for the wife to initiate sex. He said that foreplay for women is if he does the laundry and the dishes...foreplay for men is having the woman be interested in HIM and initiate for once...

It works!! After I told my girlfriends this same story, unbeknownst to me -- we all had gone home and tried it out! It works...husbands whistling dixie all weekend long and helping with every chore imaginable. See, now you have a secret weapon to fight the hussies back....

Good luck my dear!

Ann Flowers said...

Wow you are so amazing, what beautiful work, they turned out so gorgeous! it is a highlight of a day to come and read your blog and look at all your gorgeous stitching.


Thank you!

Ann Flowers
flowerscrazyq@gmail.com

Elizabeth said...

This work is simply divine!! you have such a wonderful eye for composition and color!! Just yummy !!
Elizabeth

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