My version of Gilda Baron’s project shown on Talking Threads is my show and tell. Everyone at club thought all my substitutions were a hoot. Where fabric paints were recommended for the sunset and mountains, I used finger-paints , leftovers from my home daycare. Sticky dots are another thing not to be found at ten o’clock on New Year’s Eve- so I cut tiny circles from painter’s tape. These were used for the sun and flower tops. Corrugated cardboard was something I thought I had left over from Christmas packaging, but no such luck-I pulled cardboard boxes apart and stripped off the heavy paper layer that covers the corrugation. This worked really well as a stencil for the flower stems, again with finger-paints. Bubble wrap I did have, but for some reason the bubbles were covered with a protective layer, which did not peel off. The end of a pencil dipped in finger-paints and used as a stamp was a great substitute to make more flowers.
I was so impressed with Gilda Baron’s segment on Talking Threads that I bought her book, “The Art of Embroidered Flowers.” From this book I took her idea for using Pearle cotton to make French knot flowers. The cotton should have been dyed, but I painted crochet thread with the finger paints for my substitution. Also I finger-painted muslin instead of dying it for the cut out flower heads.
I guess it was funny to listen to all my improves, but I just wanted to try it right then. I had a blast making this project. Maybe it might have been better using the suggested materials, but I thought it was ok for a first attempt. What better way to welcome the New Year? Has anyone else tried any of Gilda Baron’s techniques?