Originally, I planned to make a vine of roses using silk ribbon embroidery within the creamy white rectangle. However, I was not sure how to go about starting the vine without it looking out of place because of the other seam work. I debated stitching in a scroll, and making that into the vine. In the end, I took another path entirely.
Inspired by two pictures I found within the albums of the Crazy Quilting International Yahoo Group, one of a rose tree planted in a lovely appliqued cup and the other of a topiary, I decided to use a cute little button I picked up for a pot and to have a small, round rose tree sprout out of it. My next dilemma... what to use?! I wanted a variety of color and the only silk ribbon I had enough of would be a bright green and bright red. Actually, I was leaning toward using red to help balance out the block. But I wanted different hues. So, I decided to learn a new technique and make bullion stitched roses using a couple shades of red and the same Edmar variegated green 079 that I had already used within the block for the leaves.
|Bullion Stitched Rose - 3rd practice attempt (in other colors)|
About two weeks ago, I had an appointment near Portland. So, I looked on-line and found a little shop that sold buttons and beads. Acorns and Threads specializes in counted cross-stitch. (I am not affiliated with the shop.) Let us say, it is a very good thing I do not live any closer - I could do some damage to my pocketbook with all of the buttons and beads I found! I was pleasantly surprised to find 4mm silk ribbon too! That is a stash I will need to build slowly (again, I could be quite dangerous.) At the time, I was not sure exactly how I would use this lovely little button. I thought it would go well with my May block (April showers bring May flowers), but I like it just where it is! DMC floss 739 matched it quite nicely.
|You can almost see the delicate butterfly trail on the right (there is one extending to the left as well.)|
I tried to place a third butterfly positioned to fly off the block at the upper-left part of the creamy rectangle, but it just did not look right. Yet, it seemed too bare on its own. So, I took Monkey's other suggestion and stitched in the butterfly trails. Not wanting to detract from the roses below, I used a single strand of DMC Ecru cotton floss. It made a very subtle embellishment that I was quite pleased with.
|Block at end of Day 17|