Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Lisa's Pansy Blocks

This is the block I embellished for Lisa in the Pansy Round Robin.  In the center I added a cabachon I have been saving.  I decided to actually use it - saving these things is like not using your good china, just silly!  There is a piece of Nicki Lee's wonderful hand dyed lace in the bottom corner, further embellished with a few small pearls.  The spider web is made of Kreinik metallic threads and the spider is a charm I picked up somewhere or other.  There are three tiny bullion stitch butterflies and a piece of purple braid trim next to it, attached with small clear glass beads.  Up at the top is a beaded flower with some leaf trim.
My favourite thing on this block is the large pansy I made from wired purple ribbon, with the little polymer clay face.  I have always thought that pansies look like they have little faces and as soon as I saw the yellow faces Colleen brought to last year's CQI retreat I knew I wanted some for pansies!  I glazed the face and stitched it down - the gathered pansy petals I made are glued to the face using E6000.
All the seams on this block are stitched with Japanese silk buttonhole thread and most were inspired by past BAS (Build a Seam) Challenge stitches.  I hope Lisa will like what I have done with her block.

This second block is a group block in this DYB (Do Your Block) Round Robin.  Usually, with each person in a DYB making six 6" blocks and there being six people in the round robin, at the end you receive five fully embellished blocks back and one naked one left for you to do.  However, in this instance the participants in the round robin decided to share stitching on the 6th block so we would all receive all six of our blocks back completely embellished.  So, all of us stitched a bit on this shared group block for Lisa.  There was not a lot of room left for me when I got it so I added beads to the center patch of pin-tucked fabric.  I also added the buttontrail on the left hand side.  All the blocks are now on their way back to Lisa.  I am sorry to see this round robin draw to a close.


Suztats said...

Lovely work! Lisa is sure to love them.

Darlene said...

The blocks are totally awesome!