This week’s flower had me confused on several levels.
First of all, the name sounds quite exotic, but I found that it is simply the French word for ‘raspberry!’ Scientifically, it encompasses the genus rubus, which consists of literally hundreds of species. I had quite a time finding a picture of the flower that resembles today’s fabric version!
The center of the flower is represented by this piece of gathered ribbon. As usually happens with my crafting I do not have the exact supply specified in the book, so my substitutions may or may not come out looking as the author intended! But, I just run with it.
The center is stitched onto a circle and the circle is folded. Another opportunity for confusion! Most of the previous flowers have had precise measurements for folding, but not this one. So I eyeballed it according to the drawing.
Actually, I think I did each of the three flowers differently! I’m not even sure what is different, although I can see that the one on the left is markedly so. Hmmm.
I tried for a couple of buds . . . which did not go very well at all, so no photos at this time! I tried several ways of manipulating the ribbon to make a budlet like the picture in the book, but both of mine really look the worse for wear. I will have to try again on a day when I am feeling refreshed and fearless!
Here is today’s results. They don’t look half bad against that yellow background, do they? I will need to add stems and leaves when it comes time to put the Summer piece together.
Speaking of putting together a piece . . .
“Botanic Gardens: Spring” is finished! Er, almost. I believe I need some leaves in the lower left corner to balance a bit better. But, the background has been quilted and all the leaves and flowers are stitched down. I will leave it pinned to the ‘design wall’ as inspiration while working on Summer.