I’ve been working on an 18″ x 40″ wall hanging. I’m calling it “P is For Poppies and Periwinkle”. Obviously, the main flowers are poppies, while the flowers on the tall stems are called false indigo. I saw the combination of red and orange poppies with the periwinkle-colored false indigo in a neighbor’s garden last summer and thought it was a winning combo. After taking took several photographs of each plant, I drew a composition emphasizing vertical lines. I have plans for a much larger poppy piece and thought this would be a good way to to try some ideas I have in mind for it.
Today I spent some time making cords for my stems. I like the texture cords provide and actually find them easier to apply than skinny lengths of fabric. I used commercially overdyed floss with one of my hand-dyed threads for the cord on the right. The cord on the left is a combination of Kreinik metallic fine braid with a #5 perle coton. I really enjoy making cords and think more fiber artists would use them in their work if they were exposed to the idea and technique.
I think I’m going to use the light green Kreinik Iron-on braid for the smallest flowers’ stems. I used it in “Z is For Zinnia, C is For Cosmos” and it worked great. Much easier to apply (I couch by machine) than a narrow strip of fabric. I highly recommend this product.