I’m a bit confused about this week’s flower. As near as I can tell, hortensia is another name for the hydrangea bush. Nearly all the web pages I found that used that term, however, were in french so I may have missed something.
Rose hortensia or hortensia rose also seems to refer to this lush pink color as well. The hydrangea shrub originated in Asia, so I assume this is the correct flower for today.
This one begins with the ubiquitous circle, but this time with a smaller circle appliqued to the center.
Then a gathering line is made through a folded edge. It is rather difficult to explain just how this is done, and just as difficult to illustrate!
It’s easier to understand from a finished piece. The one on the left is from the back and you can see the gathered fold. On the right you can see that the appliqued circle is “puffed” up in the center.
The fun part, however, was making a “garden fairy” to nestle among the flowers. This is a classic type of chinese adornment, although usually made with silk ribbon. What I had was chiffon!
Another fairy will join this one eventually, but these do take quite awhile to do.
The Summer garden is now full. Over the next few weeks, I will come up with a final layout and add leaves and ornaments as appropriate. Leaves and stems will help a lot to make this a pleasing composition. Definitely needs more green!
Next week I will turn my attention to Autumn. I love the colors of autumn so I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s next.