This, my friends, is a Blushing Bride (Serruria florida). It was a purely sentimental purchase of mine at the plant nursery a couple of months ago, and this is the first of the blooms to open.
Almost a year ago I had one of these in my hair, and my friend Suzie had several, as we walked through the gardens on the way to meet her groom, for their second wedding ceremony in 2 weeks, but their first on Aussie soil. It was a magical day, and I felt honoured to be part of it (I had never been in a bridal party other than mine) so I just had to buy one when I saw it.
This flower is a native of South Africa, and has the beautiful form that other Proteas have. I would love to create a complex form like this out of felt, but that may just be beyond my capabilities or available time, so instead today I made this little bloom.
A friend of mine recently asked me if I might make these for sale, which I have not done before. I don’t really know how to put a price on one of these. I use mostly hand dyed, pure wool felt, which is a lovely material, but the main cost to me is time. They take about 30-40 minutes to make (the cutting out is very fiddly). The flower is just under 6 cm’s (2 3/8″) in diameter. It is such a hard thing to do, put a price on your work. Anyone out there want to suggest what they think is a fair price, or what they would be prepared to pay. I’ll consider it market research, and it may help me with an awkward conversation ;-).
Here is something else from my garden, a lovely Aussie native this time.
I have been taking lots of photos of flowers and birds lately. I have been thinking of stitching a simple Aussie native animal or bird, if I can manage to draw one that doesn’t look too kitch.
I have also always dreamed about designing a few modern Australian Motifs that could be used as a range of patchwork fabrics, because I strongly dislike the very kitch range that is available in stores currently. That one will perhaps remain a dream for a few years more, unless someone gifts me with more hours in the day. There are a few people on the case though (or improving Australian themed stuff that is available). I find lots of the hand screen printed fabric that is being produced by the Aussie Fabric Mafia very exciting, and particularly love this new one of Lara’s.
Today I almost finished my beautiful “Mexican Ladies” apron. If I finish it in time in the morning, I will have to take it along to Playgroup to get another adult that can take a picture of me in it, during the daylight hours. This apron really needs a photo on a body, as it is really flattering.