Sunday, October 6, 2013

Serendipity Sunday–China Aster

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This ornamental flower is native to China – hence the name – but is cultivated as a garden annual nearly world-wide.  And a very pretty flower it is!
The fabric version begins as a circle, but this time in a single layer.  A triangle of another color – also a single layer - is centered on the circle.
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The circle is then folded into a tuck over the triangle’s raw edges.
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All three tucks were blind stitched to achieve this shape.  Ignore that extra crease – this shot was taken before pressing!
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The outer edge is gathered as in making a yoyo (or suffolk puff, as it is known in some areas) with fiberfil stuffed in before pulling the gathers tight.
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Here are four finished flowers.  The plaid one only has the tucks partially stitched which resulted in a less tidy ball.  Not better or worse than the others – just different!
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The fun part of today’s stitching was this little dragonfly.  The body and wings are turned and stuffed which can be challenging.  Happily, I have experience in turning tiny doll fingers so this was reasonably easy for me!  I do think he’s cute and I believe he will need some friends in this garden.
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The leaves have quite a bit left to do, but that will have to wait until the garden is full.
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Well, it’s pretty full now, isn’t it?  But there is one more flower before we move into the next season.  Yes, the little dragonfly will definitely need some company.

2 comments:

virtualquilter said...

Love dragonflies, and yes, you need more of them. I prefer the plaid flower ... less tidy which makes it more realistic.

Gina E. said...

Still here, and still speechless!