Monday 21 January 2008

365 / 155 - Spring has Sprung...

... well, it has inside my head, anyway. Outside it is cold and grey and living up to today's reputation as the most depressing day of the year but inside my brain I am obsessed with spring! I've been buying plants for my little potted garden, delighting in primulas and bunches of daffs down the market, picking tomato varieties to grow this year, and working on lots and lots of new flowery brooches. I have been rather distracted looking at gorgeous flower photos on Flickr like this and also this, but I have got some sewing done all the same. Many more designs to come, but here's what I'm working on so far:
Primroses (the small ones are prototypes you may have spotted on the blog a while ago), Pansies and in-progress Forget-Me-Nots. The latter are supposed to have little yellow beaded centres but the yellow beads I acquired by cannibalising an old necklace are too tiny and my local haberdashers don't have any yellow seed beads. Foiled!

It is deeply satisfying to have worked out how to make a felt pansy, as they are such complicated little flowers and every one seems different, but after much sketching they are finally finished. Of course as it's not actually yet spring, I've got to wait for a sunnier day before I can photograph and list these new flowers but they should be in the shop sometime soon (fingers crossed).

Many more flowers coming soon and also - I shall let you in on a secret - teapots! I have been trying to draw a teapot properly for just ages and today I finally got one looking how I'd like a teapot to look (a sort of Platonic ideal of a teapot), round and fat and friendly-looking. Time for a celebratory cuppa, I think.

UPDATE: My primrose design is now available as a sewing pattern! Visit my shop to see all my printable PDF patterns


Dharma Designs said...


Andrea Q said...

Your felt work is inspiring! I am also in the mood for spring. I've been staring at all my floral fabrics and dreaming. :)

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to ask where you buy your felt online? I often buy from Hobbycraft, but they don't have a very big range and I'm trying to get hold of some quite specific colours. my email is lemonie_1984 at hotmail dot com.

Thanks a lot!