Monday, June 2, 2008

Spring CQ...First Roses

This was our entryway last year at this time...

That wall of pink on the left is one plant...these are single, 5-petaled roses that smell heavenly.
And this is how the same plant looks this year....

Lots of fat happy buds, but nary a bloom as yet. This illustrates how cold and cloudy our spring has been.
But I was ready to add this rose to my quilt anyway....

..using the same felted fiber technique as was used for the Dame's Rocket.
But this time I added something a little different.
I wanted to get that white center of the petal that this rose has, but accurately felting white silk into pink to get that effect was too time consuming for me (it could work, though)...

NeoColors to the rescue! These are watersoluble crayons, go on heavy like an oil pastel almost. If you add a little water the pigment of course will blend. I ironed to heat set..don't know if that is necessary but why not?

This is a nice momento for me of that rosebush by our front door.
See that golden herringbone below it? I am using a lot of herringbone in this quilt...hoping that limiting the variety of my stitches will help unify and tighten the overall composition of the quilt.
The thread is Kreinik Soie Noppee...and about that thread, well, baby did a bad, bad thing...

YUM.

12 comments :

JoWynn Johns said...

Allie, I read your every post, but I've run out of adjectives and superlatives for comments about your work. Now I'm going to go look up Kreinik soie moppee, or whatever it is. Just know that I'm here watching your thrilling progress.

Vicki W said...

What a beautiful box of threads!

Marty52 said...

Oh, baby!! LOL! YUM is right, for everything in this post as well as the last. This is such a spectacular quilt, Allie. Enjoy your new threads.... gorgeous colors.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh. My. Two of my favourite things...lovely scented single old-fashioned roses AND thread. Yum doesn't even begin to cover it.

Possibilities, Etc. said...

YUM is right! You should see what I just received from River Silks! I'm wondering if some of these little paint sticks, etc. would work on the silk ribbon - as I will use solids, not the overdyes. I would love to be able to put a bit of color close to the centers of the SR flowers.

Judy S. said...

Love the way your roses turned out, Allie. Our whole state must be slow this year. It's going to be a while before our roses bloom, too, and generally they are out in full by June. Our cloudy weather requires lots of colorful thread to help brighten our mood, right?

Barbara C said...

Your roses remind me of the wild roses that grow near my house. I look forward to seeing them every year because they have the most powerful scent.

Great job tinting your flower petals. That's a handy technique.

Cathy K said...

Yum, indeed! NOT BAD! Fibers are good!! Stitching, as usual, is Perfect!! Thanks for brightening my day. Your posts and work are awesome. Hugs, Cat

Robin said...

Wow!!! really love your interpretations of the flowers. I really admire your creativity and willingness to just play with new materials. Can't wait to see what you do next.

Conni said...

Downright Yummiliscious!

Betty said...

LOVE your entry way! And you have captured the roses exactly. Allie, let's be neighbors. :-)

Esther said...

So I assume "baby did a bad, bad thing" means you bought thread? heehee BTW your roses are my favorite so far. They really look like roses! I guess your other flowers are more or less realistic too, but I just see roses in my head when I look at your fabric roses.