Most of the time when I embark on a Freeform project, I just start. There’s no plan. I don’t even know what the piece will be when it grows up, and much of the fun is in the discovery. But sometimes I like to interpret a specific thing, just for the challenge. And of course, flowers are my favorite subject. So, this little handpainted, papier mache plate from the late 1800’s was a likely candidate for my adventure. It’s an elegant little thing, with a moody background and lots of depth in the flowers. The flowers, the colors and the dimensionality were my inspirations. I chose crochet to add some whimsy.
The little clumps of geranium petals were my starting point. They are clusters of five popcorns made into a ring out of a thick combination of worsted wools held together. All the other flower and leaf shapes followed, with a background of single crochet (worked into the back loop) that connected all the loose shapes. The flower stamens are embroidered bullions and stem stitches. There are some finishing details still to do, and I don’t know how I’ll use this piece, but great fun was had in getting it this far! Now, what would happen if I knit instead……..