Wednesday, December 17, 2008

My Rose Block

Each year I look forward to creating a block for our yearly breast cancer awareness wall hanging. We evolved from Victoria Adams Brown's Way to Women's Wellness Foundation and the infamous ArtBras. This will mark our fourth year and I'm so pleased to be a part of this small group of very talented and equally dedicated ladies.

At present we are a closed group since we can only accommodate a certain number of blocks. We do love to share our work, however, and you can see all the past and future blocks on our Flickr site.

Each year someone suggests a theme and a color choice. This year Jan suggested shades of pink and Victorian rose with our theme being roses. Of course I was thrilled with the flower choice - I do love to make roses!

Several days ago a design popped into my head and I couldn't rest until I gave it a try. I'm attaching several pictures. I've appliqued five base petals in different shades of pink onto the Victorian rose dupioni. These are embellished with silk ribbon embroidered roses. One petal has bullion roses done with Edmar threads.

The three top petals are embellished in the same way and attached to the base petals. It is my intention for those to remain upright and give dimension to the block. I've placed some trim in the center for this picture but will replace that with rolled roses along with some silk leaves.


Cathy K said...

Oh Barbara, what a beautiful, original idea! You've created a masterpiece. I absolutely love it - so elegant and feminine. Hugs, Cathy

FredaB said...

What a great idea. I love the various roses on the large rose petals. You always come up with something wonderful

You have a great bunch of gals and I will look forward to seeing this evolve.

I looked for the rose maker you bought at the Houston Festival and even went to Clover who did not seem to know what I was talking about. A couple of days later an email arrived saying it was not available in this country but would be in 2009 so can hardly wait. I assume then the directions would be in English.



Anonymous said...

Very pretty interpretation of the theme. Will this go on a block, then?