Thursday, March 21, 2013

More Fabric Flowers

I hate to be ungracious. (Except I am.) I'm not the kind of woman who says, "this didn't come out well," so that everyone will tell me what I made is pretty. When I tell you it didn't come out well, there are great globs of glue on the front of the piece. It looks horrible in real life. I'm not fishing for compliments. If you can't see how bad it looks, there must be a problem with the photo. Whatever. Trust. Yesterday's flower looks like crap. If you really want, I'll send it to you so you can throw it away. But I'm keeping the rhinestone button.

Just for y'all, I am going to try that ruched ribbon flower again on Friday at the library. I will conquer this flower! (But there will still be another new craft on Friday.)

Last night's attempt at fabric flowers of a completely different sort went a whole lot better. These, I love. I want to fill a vase with them. I did get four done in an evening which is just a few shy of filling this little vase.

There were some problems with the directions which call for "assorted sizes" of felt circles. You know what would be great? If we could develop a system where we might be able to share with others a relative scale. Perhaps we could make a stick that had units on them, and when I made something I could tell you the units I used. Of course, we'd have to regularize this measuring device. That would mean the government would be involved. Forget it, it will never work. (If you are willing to use the government's measuring system, I cut my circles to 1", 1.5" and 2".) (You know who else acts like we have no capacity for measuring? Papercraft Magazine and the card designers. The directions always say something like, "adhere squares to card front" and you have to guesstimate what size the squares are from the finished size of the card. Really pisses me off.)

19 comments:

Margaret said...

I love those flowers!! They go with the vase so nicely too! Seriously? They don't tell you the sizes you need? That's slightly ridiculous.....

Laura said...

I love these too!!!!! Fill a vase for sure!!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Your felt flowers are really cute! What did you use for the stems?

Deb said...

I was going to ask the same thing about the stems. Those flowers are really cute. I can't believe that they didn't give you sizes though.

Anna van Schurman said...

The stems are just floral wire. I always put a link to the directions in each post. My goal here is to encourage more crafting!

Silverlotus said...

Those did turn out lovely!

I hate to say it, but imperial measurements drive me nuts! Up here you need to be fluent in SI and imperial if you want to craft, follow recipes, etc. It can get very confusing. And it is all your fault! (By that I mean Americans. ;) And I'm kidding, of course. Mostly.)

Adrienne said...

Love these.

xeyedmary said...

Those are SO cute! My mind is spinning with other color combinations!

Cole said...

Ooooh, I like these!

The glue gun drives me crazy too... although I just learned that a hair dryer will help get rid of all of the little wisps of glue, but that does nothing for the gobs of it like you said on the last post ;)

Linda said...

Love the flowers Nikki. I can see a vase full in all different colors.

Linda

valerie said...

Love the flowers! They turned out great.

Mary in TN said...

I still like the peonies the best

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Yeah, now these are cute! The other flower, not so much. When I saw your post on my side bar, I thought they looked like buttons. Very sweet!

Real Live Woman said...

Love the color combination! And I'm totally into felt right now.

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dixiesamplar said...

Oh yeah, these are much better, LOL!

You always leave me laughing, Anna...I love your honest and straight-forward approach to life...very refreshing!

zoomcity said...

Jumping on the bandwagon late, but enthusiastically. I love these.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

These are my favorite from the last few days. I've wanted to do something with this 'felted wool' type thing, and have the materials, just haven't taken the time! This looks perfect with your vase... great planning!
PS: Half of your left margin - Search through Archives - is quivering... Weird!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

These flowers are great. The UK went metric back in the 70s but not for everything! So wood is sold as 2 by 4 (inches) but you have to buy it in multiples of a metre!
I use whatever gives me a round number, so I might use a mixture of inches and cm.
Most people do their weight in stones but I do mine in kg so I can disguise it!