Monday, August 26, 2013


Dear Fellow Artists!

It is the corn moon and while I played around with several thoughts about incorporating corn into this month’s section – it just didn’t come together.  Going through my “PO” I found a corn charm – but not very exciting.  And then I found the handle of an old silver spoon that had corn on it but it was too late to make a mold and use PMC to make something a little more exciting.  So that will get saved for another day!

Most all of you planted your seeds that were generously given to us by Peg.  As I knew no one would be home to tend them as they started to grow I have left them in the packets…maybe next year!  So instead of corn I decided to make my own fantasy flowers to share with all of you.  They are a combination of bead embroidery, vintage buttons, felt and horse hair flowers. 

I started with felting around glass marbles and then cut the hollow felt balls off of the marbles.  Now that is a challenge!  Trying to get the felt thickness even around the marble and then trying to cut them in half and have the halves even took a little doing!  I made them in a variety of colors and two different sizes.  The different sizes allowed me to stack the smaller halves in the larger halves to give them a little more “punch”.  I also felted a small flat piece that could be used for the back ground.  The center of 3 of the flowers have blue woven horse hair flowers in them that come from Chile.  The others have a combination of beads and vintage buttons.

The flowers were then sewn through a piece of foam and the green felt so they would fit nicely into the space and the piece had some body to support the flowers.  The horse hair flowers originally had green horsehair stems that I couldn’t let go to waste.  I stitched the green stems through the backing to look like blades of grass coming up through the flowers.

So now you have seen my fantasy flowers….all coming from those wonderful seed packets given to us by Peg!  It was a fun project and now I have visions of felted and embroidered flowers on wire stems so one could make a bouquet.

Now on to the next space…….H.  And my mind is racing with things that start with H…..happy…hooray…holy cow…..hallelujah……halibut…hamster….handles…hat…..heaven… many!!!!!



  1. Anonymous11:07 AM

    These are fabulous Kathy! I wish they grew in MY garden!! Beth

  2. Wow, Kathy. I love them. Bits and bobbles and all. I really love the horsehair flowers. Wowie. The time they must have taken to do such fine work and that blue. They really accent the felt beautifully. It's always fun to read about what you do. You write such great stories and have such amazing adventures. I can just see you trying to cut those felty bits off the marbles. HA HA HA!

  3. Absolutely delightful and inspiring !! I look forward to the opportunity to see these in person!! I agree with Beth! I want these to grow in my garden!

  4. I love everything about these. The colors, the parts, the process. Beautiful and creative.

  5. Anonymous11:10 AM

    O.K. think I have the right combo to make comments!! I did write before but it went into the ozone! I love these flowers, yes and want them in my garden also!! Where do you get those great horsehair woven flowers, beautiful. The combination of fibers is what really makes these flowers amazing. Hugs, M

  6. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY! I adore these and the way you created the felty bits. And I've seen the original horsehair flowers after one of your trips and wondered what would be their next evolution and as always it is WONDERFUL! Good ol'PO