Friday, 13 March 2009

See the pretty flowers grow.



Not very good pictures today as they were taken very early before any real light was present in my sewing room, but it was the only chance I had to photograph this picture I embroidered for one of Lucy's friends. I started it in something of a hurry yesterday morning and sewed whenever a moment arrived - in other words, whenever Isabella was pre-occupied for a little while.



I decided to use my little girl applique which I am quite fond of as she has been in almost constant use in the sewing room ever since she first appeared on these door hangings



and Hearts & Flowers bags.



For the picture I wanted a flowery feel, so a tree on one side gave some height to balance the whole and a scattering of blue flowers beneath is reminiscent of bluebells - if you squint a bit and hold your head to one side!



I added a festoon (I like that word too) of multi-coloured flowers to give the impression of the little girl standing amongst them much as I would like to do and embroidered the line 'see the pretty flowers grow' to finish it off.



I hope she likes it.



Have a lovely weekend xx

23 comments:

  1. Pipany it is beautiful how could she not like it. What a lucky girl.
    CKx

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  2. Of course she will like it - especially as it is handmade - that makes it special. It is very satisfying to make something for a friend and delightful to receive it. Clever you and lucky her!

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  3. She will absolutely love it. So do I!xx

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  4. Totally gorgeous......you clever clogs!

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  5. that little girl reminds me of a character from my childhood, and she must have been around in yours, too, since we're both 64 (1964 that is!), really evocative and charming. Can you tell me, not only am I STILL after (!) news of what stitch you use to embroider the signatures, but what about fraying? Do you use fraycheck (or whatever it's called) or fold the edges under before hemming - some of it looks too tiny to do that. Beautiful, anyway.

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  6. Beautifully done, Pipany. I can just feel the breeze blowing past the balloons, butterfly, and making those branches sway a bit.

    Have a fabulous weekend!

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  7. Beautiful, I'm sure she will love it!

    Kx

    p.s. I've just read Milla's comments, I'm in the 64 club too! x

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  8. I am sre that she will like it as it is so very delicate and pretty colours.
    I hope you have a lovely weekend too.
    Carol x

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  9. So pretty! I agree, "festoon" is a very good word!
    Hen x

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  10. Hi,

    Have been following your blog for a while now and I think the work you do is amazing! I have an award for you on my blog. I know some people do not do the awards thing. If that is the case, hopefully I havent offended you.

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  11. Pipany its really beautiful and a proper keepsake. You are a very talented lady. Have a lovely weekend - jacqui x

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  12. Oh she will love it .... I like 'festoon' too!

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  13. What's not to like, it's fab! Dev x

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  14. How could she not just fall in love with it and treasure it forever?
    xx

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  15. Oh Pipany, they are gorgeous.
    You are so talented!

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  16. So beautiful and such talent. Lovely to be able to see it, if only via blogland. I love 'festoon' too!

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  17. Is that Lucy Sunbonnet, an American design from the late 80's? I used to use her for applique but it was many, many years ago and I no longer even have the pattern, but she was lovely and easy to do, yet quite effective. Lovely stuff as ever Pipany..x

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  18. Oh I'd be thrilled. She'll treasure it for ever I'm sure.

    Beautiful!
    Stephx

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  19. No, it's my own design PFG. Have never heard of Lucy Sunbonnet!

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  20. Your work evokes all the senses .. you can feel the breeze and smell the flowers. Very clever indeed and your style is so marked. Just lovely xx

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  21. Pipany, You never cease to amaze me. How do you manage to accomplish so much in every direction? I am on a creative bender at the moment, but forgot to cook dinner tonight. Luckily Tigger doesn't mind fending for himself. I am making and knitting for Palomina's new arrival, due in May. Was thinking of you when buying delicious fabrics in Australia. Love this picture, and your creative embroidery.

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