10 March 2010

Hearts and Flowers

Working on Gerry's encrusted block was such a delight! Her colors, shades of mauvy pink, were right in my comfort zone and I loved her theme of "Queen of Hearts" and the lovely Victorian era images she used on her silkies for the blocks! Gerry stated that she loved fancy seams and to add jewels and hearts to the block as well as crowns.

Lisa's work on Gerry's K's block
Upon digging through my scrapbooking supplies, I was able to find a couple of crown charms as well as a few little gold toned hearts. A little alcohol ink added some color and once I figured out how to hold the crowns on without glue (a little gold embroidery thread to couch them down worked well!), I was off and running. I keep a little sketchbook of seam treatments that I like and used one of them for the large seam at the lower center of the block. I don't have lots of "jewels" as they don't suit my style, but I did add lots of pearls! The heart charms were added with little bows.

Silkie framed in flowers
For the silkie, I framed it in a wreath of flowers. There is a large spider web rose at the upper left, lots of little filler roses of and various flower beads in shades of pink. I also made lots of little ribbon flowers using 3 shades of ruffled 1/4" ribbon I had using instructions from Candace Kling's book, "The Artful Ribbon".

This ended up being the most encrusted block I have ever done and I hope Gerry loves it as much as I do!

23 comments:

Cathy K said...

Breathtaking, as usual! So feminine and soft. Gerry will love it. Hugs, Cathy

Dawn said...

WOWZA!

Joan said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Lynn B said...

Wow, I have been catching up on your blog entries and I am amazed at the beauty of your work, it is equisite, as always!
I just love everything that you make, you are so talented.

Lynn B said...

Sorry that should have said exquisite!

shawkl said...

So soft and feminine! Just love every square inch of it!

Wendy said...

Gerry's block is absolutely gorgeous! You did an excellent job Lisa. I know Gerry will love it.

Anonymous said...

This absolutely took my breath away when I came to visit tonight. What a treat!! Mary

Connie said...

Lisa, This block is so pretty -- I love what you did with it. Connie

Karen said...

Yummy! What a gorgeous project. It is beyond my skills.

Marty52 said...

Stunning is the best way to describe this! That seam treatment is wonderful... simply wonderful.

Flowers said...

Beautiful cards ! These florals are gorgeous and nice job illustrating them! Enjoyed your blog very much.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Lisa, Your stitching is truly beautiful and inspiring. Hugs Judy

devonaz said...

Wow that is beautiful...thanks for sharing,,,

Kathy said...

I think all the posts covered how beautiful it is. Love your work and the cute tatted butterfly.

Ati. said...

O,my, this is a feast to look at! Beautiful work Lisa!

Plays with Needles said...

That spiderweb rose would win all of the awards at the garden show!!! I want to photograph it, it's absolutely lovely...

Your ribbon work and encrustation paid off! Lucky Gerry!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Oh, Lisa!!....

I so love your "touch". It is always magnificently balanced, luscious, and beautiful...

Tatkis said...

It is SO beautiful! Thank you very much for sharing!

Best wishes,
Tatyana

Laurie Brown said...

That is so very, very beautiful! Exquisite work.

My Passionate Pink Life said...

I just came across your blog, your work is amazing...it's just beautiful. I'm going to add myself to your followers so I don't miss any new posts. Love your blog! hugs, Jennifer

suz said...

I truly love your crazy quilt work, but I think this might be close to my all-time favorite. Wow!

Karen said...

Absolutely beautiful block!!!

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