Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Retro-active

First, I promised (and then forgot) to post a picture of Land of Flood and Drought once it was hanging. I ended up hanging the 2015 LoFaD on the left and the 2016 LoFaD on the right ...


I also have a belated response to Deb Sposa's "How did you do that?" comment on this post
where I made the beginnings of a flower out of repurposed vintage handkerchiefs ...


I started with directions I found on how to make flower petals in one of the many books and Internet sites I perused. Sadly, I neglected to note which one. Anyway, I started with a 5 1/2" square of cloth ...


folded it in half ...


then folded the top right corner down ...


and the top left corner down ...


This resulted in all raw edges being on the bottom (an important consideration as this will end up on a baby quilt, so loose threads need to be avoided as they are potential choking hazards). 

A running stitch along the bottom edge (done in a contrasting color for the purposes of demonstration here) ... 


was then gathered ...


and secured by running the needle back through the gathers in the opposite direction ...


At which point the "petal" was ready to be used with the opening visible (above), or not (below) ...


It wasn't too far a leap to see the resemblance between the folded triangle of cloth and the corner of a vintage handkerchief. So I made a cover stock template with a 2 1/2" altitude and marked it onto the corner of a handkerchief ...


then cut the corner off, leaving a 1/4" margin ...


I discovered that the petals worked best when I used two handkerchief corners stitched together with perle cotton ...


after which all that remained to do was a light spritzing to remove the erasable marker lines ...


The flower pictured above has 14 pairs of petals, but I've also experimented with some alternate petal shapes and sizes ... which I'll save for another day.

10 comments:

deemallon said...

oh thank you for this tutorial - my drawer of vintage hankies calls me now!

Liz Ackert said...

Dee - Hope you can find 'em (wink). I'm still working out how best to work the middle, so please let me know if you come up with an elegant solution.

Mo Crow said...

love these petals Liz! perhaps the centre could be lots & lots of french knots?

Mo Crow said...

a spiral of couched cord?

Mo Crow said...

cane toad skin?

Liz Ackert said...

Oh Mo ... I can't tell you how good it feels to laugh! Thank you!!

Kat Gilmore said...

very elegant...wonder where my hankies are?

Liz A said...

Have fun Kat!

ARTISUN said...

Hiya Liz!!!! It's been ages since I've looked thru your blog or anyone else's, gets like that at the end of a school year, I just can't seem to keep up. Anyways I just kept scrolling down until I hit this post with my name in it Ha ha. Thank you so much for the tutorial, I especially loved seeing the vintage hankies come together in a petal, so lovely. Can't wait to give it a try this summer. I so enjoy you documenting all the Texas Natives as well, they are so different from what I'm used to in CAlifornia. And congrats on that delicious new baby girl, what a doll she is. Enjoy!! And how fun your Easter aventures looked at your home with the bunny footprints, both you and your husband make such a great creative team. And all those Peace pins you are making and sending around the world, each is so unique and special, with so much love stitched into each one. I pray for our country, for our young people, for our world. These are frightening times, and I know that each of your pins sends out such positive hopes and wishes for peace. Much love to you, and I hope to visit more frequently this summer. xoxoxoxoxoxox

Liz A said...

Deb - I love it when you stop by ...