Those twin babies were straight from heaven. It was so great to meet them last week-end!
I did have time to complete another of the wheel blocks for my Vintage CQ. Here is #18:
The designs for these blocks seem to be either large close-ups of a single flower, or some kind of spray of small ones.
These are made from narrow ombre Mokuba ribbon, 3mm Swarovski crystals, Kreinik Silk Serica thread (one of my all time faves), and some ribbon that dear Rengin sent to me long ago. Oh, and there is some hand-painted fabric from Vicki in there, too! It's the warm yellow...
There are 12 blocks more to go...I'll be done by Christmas!
But along the way, I will have some awesome new inspiration. I have a new book on silk ribbon flowers that is unbelievable.
Would you look at those nasturtium on the cover!
If you click on the photo here, you can get a better look at the flowers on the back of the book.
I've done an initial reading of the book, and found that the brave author paints her ribbon after it is stitched into place. She has many technical tips and great artistry to share...and sets the bar very, very high.
But like Susan with her Charm School (just look how she has recreated the Alstroemeria Lily here after gaining technique from delving into Di van Niekirk's book, Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork, this summer), I plan on studying this book and chosing one of the flowers to replicate.
This book can be found at www.Abebooks.com here. It has a different cover than the copy I have, but it sure sounds like the exact same book.
Thanks, Judy, for this heads up!
I'll have it next Thursday...see you then!