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« on: October 21, 2009 04:07:37 AM »

I hope this goes in here... The bulk of the actual work on this project is embroidery, but it's not what most peope would consider an embroidery project!

Anyway... I made this for an older friend who is in the hospital; it is inspired by Matthew 6:25-34.

The wool felt was hand dyed then all the little petals (28 of them) were hand cut. The petals of the lily are blanket stitched with silver thread, which was a real bugger to work with! Then they were arranged in staggered circles of 7 petals, and stitched down. The center is a piece of gold colored felt, embellished with gold seed beads. The lily pad is simple, with backstitching in a variegated thread for the midrib and veins of the leaf.

It took about 6 hours of work, total. I think any others I make would go quicker, since I'm not figuring out how to do it, now!

The color in the first picture is closest to acurate, the second picture is a bit washed out because of the flash.




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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2009 04:50:53 AM »

lily pads and water lilies are the theme for my wedding...and I have been looking all over for ideas...love it!!!
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2009 04:55:51 AM »

What a beautiful theme for a wedding! That has potential to be breath-taking! (they are my favorite flower - and my husband picks them for me everytime he is out boating!)

And thank you for the comment! =)
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2009 06:19:22 AM »

Love it! I'm a sucker for anything lotus. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2009 06:41:39 AM »

Oh!!!  That is absolutely lovely!  What a sweet present. I think it was The MistressT who gave me the hint on how to keep metallic thread from driving you mad...
Use Thread Heaven or beeswax (I find them in the beading section of my local Hobby Lobby).  It helps the thread lay flat and causes less pull on the fabric.

I also found this helps manage rayon floss, too!

Again, that is fabulous! I'm sorry your friend is sick, but I think I'm coming down with something (cough, cough)...can I have one?
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2009 06:48:25 AM »

this is beautiful Smiley
I collect frogs (and by association lily pads and water lilys some times)
I think this is fantastic Smiley
and that would be great for a wedding! (all i can imagine now... is these as the table center pieces)
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« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2009 08:04:31 AM »

Wow, this is really beautiful! You did a magnificent job, I'm sure your friend will love it Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2009 08:15:52 AM »

That is so beautiful and yes, beeswax is the way to go for metallic or rayon threads. I used it with the glow in the dark thread and it is amazing!
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2009 09:44:21 AM »

Thanks, everyone - for the kind words! Made my day! =)

And thanks for the tip on the beeswax... I have some around here, somewhere. I used the type of thread that you can run through a sewing machine, because it is so smooth... Just not smooth enough for the wool fibers, I guess!
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2009 01:36:33 PM »

That is really lovely and so thoughtful. I hate metallic thread too.
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