|In progress Rosebud Heart Wreath, design by Elly Sienkiewicz|
As usual time has gotten away from me and I was not able to post in time for Christmas. Instead, please accept this tip as a belated gift.
I love to add folded, gathered, 3-dimensional flowers to my applique blocks. I usually prepare them ahead of time so that they are ready to go when I sit to applique. In the case of the Rosebud Heart Wreath pattern (designed by Elly Sienkiewicz) there are several folded rosebuds - 21 in all. To complicate matters, I chose to do them in 2 colors out of mottled, hand-dyed silk. I wanted a certain symmetry to the layout so I created a mini, portable design wall that I could keep in my sewing basket.
|Double-sided tape in a manila envelope makes a mini design wall|
|Folded Silk and Gathered Rosebuds waiting to be added to applique block|
|Closeup of Rosebud Heart Wreath, designed by Elly Sienkiewicz|
From my family to yours - I wish you a happy, healthy New Year with lots of time for family, friends, and stitching!
Mercy in sunny, warm Miami
|Happy New Year from the best fabric guard dog ever - Ricky!|