Nellie"s Needles

Friday, March 20, 2009

More Flowers

This is the way my "ortwork" flower pieces begin.
Opps! I take that back. This is where they begin.
Bags of scrap fabrics, thread ravels, strips of wool cut for rug hooking, roving, and disassembled silk plants.

At this point one layer of netting has been applied and quilted just enough to keep all those bits and pieces in place on the background. I'm building another layer with flowers, stems and leaves plus more texture.
I cut the silk flowers apart and shape them to resemble particular flowers for my composition. The cone flowers get centers from balled up strips of wool. The yellow coreopsis will be getting some of those, too.
I love these bright pink poppies. The snippets from shaping petals become part of the piece as buds and flowers in the background. The leaves are also reshaped from my box of disassembled silk ones. I'm finding the backside of some are what is needed for a few of the plants.

13 comments:

Kayla coo said...

Hello Nellie,
All your bags of fabric and threads look so exciting!
Wonderful work.x

Di said...

My bag of tiny bits and tangled threads never turn out like that VBG!!!!! All I can say is wow, you've worked your magic again,

self taught artist said...

your scrap is much more colorful than mine :)
amazing what you do nellie, always it!

Libby Fife said...

It helps to see the background. Plus, plus, plus! What a great use of those flowers-certainly saves the hassle of creating them from scratch plus you must have some dimensionality in the finished piece too. Good views so thanks.

Once Upon A Blue Crow said...

Gosh, what beauty! The colors are just so vibrant and lively.

Allison Ann Aller said...

yum yum yum yum Yum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doreen G said...

It is interesting to see how you work Nellie

teodo said...

Nellie all your scraps are a treasure ..........this garden will be amazing.
ciao ciao

Mieke said...

Wow so awesome!!

arlee said...

AHA! Now i know what i can send you in exchange for the bones :} The flower mines have TONS of loose flowers!

Loreen Leedy said...

Love how the colors on the top photo flow from blue-greens to pinks and and yellows on the right. Reassembling scraps is on my to-do list.

Karen said...

So much FUN! I love what you do with your orts!

Plays with Needles said...

I have really enjoyed this post and love seeing how you've developed these flower pieces. I'm on the edge of my seat to see what they're used for...