Friday, 25 June 2010

Flower pounding

My challenge group's current challenge is flower pounding. It's the perfect time of year for it, as the garden is full of different flowers and leaves. The only problem is that it's very much trial and error (with the accent on the latter in my case!) as lots of things either don't do anything, go splat! or look promising at first, but dry to a very disappointing brown! I found that sage leaves are wonderful, as you get a lovely clear impression, with the veins showing beautifully. So I decided to make a wreath, and started with the sage leaves.

How exactly do you do it? Easy. Take a leaf or flower and place it carefully upside down on some fabric. (This won't be permanent, but as it's for a wall hanging I'm happy. You have to soak the fabric in an alum solution for permanence.) This is a busy Lizzie flower.
Tape it down with masking tape to keep it in place.
Turn the fabric over and whack it with a hammer!

Take off the masking tape and mashed plant remains, and there you have it!

Here is my wreath as it's building up. The big splats are geranium leaves. Not completely successful, but good fillers!

Here is the completed wreath. I used some pieces of grass round the edges to give a bit of a feathery look to it. I'm going to embellish it with embroidery and beads etc, so here's the start. Looking good, eh?


Contented Caroline said...

It's lovely Lynda - would make a great cushion cover when completed. Fabulous - must give it a go soon.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Your attempts are far more successful and prettier than mine! Well Done!

orchidlover said...

It looks great

Love and hugs Gina xxx

ps I've a new blog had to delete the old one