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« on: June 01, 2006 08:02:32 AM »

I had a lot of ultrasuede swatches (still do!) and a wildflower book, which came together to make this pin:



The petals and leaves are ultrasuede and the center is beaded wire. It's hard to see, but I painted the petals with that pink color and sewed "veins" in the leaves. To make the petals and leaves "posable" there is floral wire glued on the underside.



Next up: Spiderwort!  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2006 09:45:59 AM »

That's beautiful!  I love the way you coloured the petals, and the stitching on the leaves is really effective!
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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2006 12:01:36 PM »

that really is fabulous ! you could take this idea to so many different places and i'm sure it would be great if you made other types of flowers too (i look forward to the spiderwort  Smiley ).
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2006 12:03:19 PM »

Very cute.  I would've never thought to use ultrasuede.  Good idea.  The trillium is our provincial flower here in Ontario.
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2006 07:07:11 PM »

Oh! I love that. It's a perfect Trillium.

Great job - and you can wear it! It's illegal to pick Trillium here because it's an endangered species but I've always wanted to have one of my own.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2006 06:01:59 AM »

Thank you so much everyone!  Smiley

I had no idea Trillium is the provincial flower of Ontario or illegal to pick! I'd actually never seen one, I just loved how they looked in the book Cheesy 
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2006 06:48:32 AM »

wow - they were just in bloom here in wisconsin - and there's a park that has thousands of them so I wonder how endangered they really are. I learned the illegal to pick thing at girl scout camp.
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2006 09:55:18 PM »

This is really great.  I am a botanist for my real job and it looks just like Trillium undulatum!

I would like to note that even where Trillium species are not protected, you should not pick the plants.  It takes about eight years for a plant to become mature enough to flower and picking them sets them back to a 'younger' stage of growth and can lead the plant to use up its stored resources and prematurely die.  Many of the individual plants you see could be upwards of 50 years old.

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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2006 07:17:35 PM »

Thanks! I'm very flattered that a botanist would say it is an accurate depiction  Smiley

And thanks also for the information on Trillium; I didn't know picking could do so much harm and I'm amazed they can live that long!
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