One of the side effects of my working through my books is that occasionally I learn something not related to fabric or stitching. Today’s flower is called The Magical Flower of the Incas. I had not heard of this flower before so I turned to the trusty Wikipedia.
I learned that the Cantua buxifolia is the national flower of Peru and grows in the valleys of the Andean rain forest. How interesting! If I had done the research before I started I would have used red and orange fabrics.
Instead, I started with four circles with blue on one side, and green on the other. These circles are smaller than the ones I made last week, but this flower starts out the same way.
Next, I rolled each one up into a spiraled tube. Getting stitches in place while keeping the roll intact was probably the trickiest part!
Wired ribbon makes up the leaves. I had this gauze/chiffon ribbon, but I do think silk would look better. This seems to be fine, though.
In no time at all I had these two clusters done! They actually look a bit like the real thing, too. Except for color, of course.
And the Spring panel is off to a good start with about one third of the flowers pinned to it. I can’t wait to see what next week’s flower will be.
I think I’ll research the flower before I choose fabrics though!