My Stitch Along September Week 2

Posted by Ruth on 13 September 2015 | 0 Comments

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Doing the search and finding so many beautiful Crocus flowers was a lot of fun... it is amazing how the minutes tick on by, a bit like when you start looking at things on pinterest, which is another way to search for things, however there is an advantage with doing a google search and that is, it is much easier to find a public domain image to use. It's a must to check where the picture is from first, you do NOT want to use any that is copyrighted.crocus search on google screenshot

There are just so many possible Crocus flowers I could use, but I settled for one. It was perfect because it just happened to be from http://www.photos-public-domain.com/ which is a website with public domain photos, meaning they are okay to use, however, it is always courteous to mention where the image was found.crocus image from public domain website

Before printing this out, I decided to crop it down a little because I wanted to focus on just one Crocus - the full bloom in the center. I cropped it down so I could make the largest template possible.crocus image cropped down to the center flower

Then I expanded it to full in the page ready to print off.

However, instead of printing it off and drawing the outline by hand, I decided I should use Inkscape to draw the outline. Inkscape is an open source vector program, ideal for drawing outlines (open source means it is free to download and use). I used to use it a lot before I purchased another program that does even more. Rather than show you the steps photo by photo, I made a short screencast so you could see.

With the outlines drawn, I can just print that off instead of the whole colored image which saves on ink too.... bonus.line drawing of crocus

Actually, I should have added in the center lines - horizontal, vertical and diagonally.... but I didn't think of that until after I'd printed it.line drawing of crocus with central lines drawn

I drew my sections onto fusible. The outer petals I drew separately and added a seam allowance where they connect to the inner petals, to create an overlap.

The inner petals I drew all together and included the stamen in the center to use as a guide for placement, then I drew those separate as well so I could fuse them onto a different fabric.sections drawn on fusible webbing

I decide to use just three of the fabrics for the applique.fabrics for crocus sections

.... and press all the pieces onto them.fusible pressed to back of fabric

I cut each piece out around the lines. The next thing is to cut through those central lines but before I do that, it would be best to connect all the sections into one piece. This is easy enough. Once the individual pieces are cut out, I lift the paper on the inner petal section, but not all the way, just enough to side the outside petals between the paper and fabric layers until they line up in the proper place.lift paper to slide section in between

.... then I press the paper back over top so the fusible sticks to just the outer petals edges and back to the paper. You can see where they overlap in the photo (the whiter sections are the overlaps).fusible paper pressed back into place

Flipped over, I can now add the stamen section and draw the stems which are a little hard to see here.center section pressed in place

My cutting board has the perfect lines on it to make those central markings. I position the applique in the center and can cut it up using the markings on the board. I do need to be careful that the pieces don't move as I cut them.positioned on cutting board ready to cut central lines

using ruler to make diagonal cut

Here is my crocus cut into eighths...sections separated showing the eighths

Once the cuts were made, the real fun begins. First I place them on the background in their original positions....cut crocus on background

Then I start rearranging them. As you look down the auditions, you will see I get more creative as I go. The first, I simply pull each section out from the center a little...auditioning layouts 1

then I swap the sections around...auditioning layouts 2

auditioning layouts 3

how about removing a couple of the smaller sections and putting them elsewhere? auditioning layouts 4

auditioning layouts 5

or forming an octagon 'hole' in the center...auditioning layouts 6

or turning it into a fractal...auditioning layouts 7

auditioning layouts 8

So many possibilities. Which design do you like best?

I'll have to think about which one to use... I'll let you know next week! 

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