Monday, June 15, 2009

The Last Flower - Details

We had a busy weekend. There was a two hour Flag Day parade. Saratoga Springs also had an Art Festival through out down town. There were painters and sculptors on different corners creating beautiful pieces. It was fun to see each working in their personal style. There were beautiful paintings of buildings and flowers. Some were done in oil, some in watercolors. A fabric sculptor was creating people right on the street. As we walked through town, different areas had bands or musicians adding to the party atmosphere. Theatre groups performed Shakespeare in the park. And our youngest was Glinda the good witch from the "Wizard of OZ" cheering on the literary 5K race. She was one of several theatre performers asked to dress as literary figure and stay in character to cheer on the people racing in hopes of raising money for the cause. We were told she was yelling , "Follow the yellow brick road, That's it, avoid the flying monkeys,..." Characters from the Great Gatsby to Moby Dick found their place to cheer. Although I was told Edgar Allen Poe was not very encouraging, but the crowd loved it. It was a great weekend.

I did find a little time to create. The flower now has detail. First 4mm silk ribbon is placed on each petal to create the detail. A center is covered with yellow perle cotton in colonial knots.

The center stamen was created by using stacked yellow cut beads.

Next post I hope to finish and show the completed piece.

Until next time...


  1. Sounds like a great time of year for you, we're pretty much in hibernation mode over here!

    Your flower is looking more and more realistic each day.

  2. That flower is extraordinary and the bead stamens are so clever. I wish you could give me lessons. What a marvellous weekend and festival. We were bunkered down against the cold.

    Happy Stitching...Ann :)

  3. The parade and Art Festival sound like they were a wonderful time. And your daughter is a joy!

    I love how your flower has turned out, the center knots and the beaded stamen look beautiful!

    Take care. Cheryl

  4. Hi Debra,
    Your new work is gorgeous. Such an attention to detail you possess!



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