Monday, 12 July 2010

Me a wallflower?

A very good friend of mine sent me a link to a brilliant tutorial for making a felt dahlia corsage. Now, whilst the instructions were very clear and I could see how lovely the end result could be I'm ashamed to say I abandoned my attempt. Yes, I baled out early. The tutorial did say that the stage I got to was the most frustrating - how right it was. This is my attempt, I'd even bought special fabric glue but it just didn't want to stick and drying took forever. I'm not the most patient........Perhaps one day I'll revisit this little project but just as likely it will get lost in the blackhole that is my craft room. Then around the same time I saw these fabulous fabric wall sculptures and decided to recreate one in paper on a somewhat smaller scale using the same technique as the felt dahlia.

This is my prototype it measures about 12" in diameter and is made from 12x12 double sided scrapbook paper. At first I thought about mounting one on a square canvas but then remembered that you can buy self adhesive rings for hanging posters and I think one of these would work well to mount directly onto the wall. If I make another I think I might try to add another layer of petals or make a beaded centre but I'll definitely use a more striking colour combination.

You never know where inspiration is going to come from do you?

5 comments:

Wrightboysmum said...

Wow the felt dahlia looks good even at the abandoned stage but even bigger wozzer for the wall hanging well done. Can't wait to see the other colour ways.

alexa said...

Oh my, that's lovely! I really like the subtle colourway in this, Amanda - very natural and soft. Shame about the dahlia, since what you've done so far looks great! Black holes, eh? I've got one of those too ...

Winnie said...

Well done for getting to that stage of the Dahlia, I never would have made it past the first step!! The paper one looks awesome!

Sian said...

Wow! I remember seeing that tutorial and thinking how stunning it looked..but I never even made a start so you've done way better than me!

Your wall hanging is stunning.

Sarah said...

Ooooh I love that paper decoration! How did you get it so perfect? And it looks like you got quite far with the felt one - I love the colour & I hope you get the time to finish it one day :-) x