The year long swap at Textile Challenges this year is "Houses". The idea is to make house fronts to the recipients theme.
This month I was sending to Marie and she chose "Greenhouse" or was it "Green House"?
I decided to go with Greenhouse.
I started with a fabric paper background painted with Twinkling H20's and stamped with leaves and dragonflies.
I cut planters of various sizes from scrapbook papers and stitched them to the background. The grass is made from paper and stitching.
Next I cut a greenhouse shape from a piece of acetate and cut out a door shape. I placed it over the background stitched it down and cut out the whole piece. I used satin stitch to make the window frames and to frame the greenhouse itself.
I was pleased with its winter look but felt it needed a summer look too.
I love to make oversize organza flowers to put on quilts or for brooches. I decided to make a big pink bloom and make it into a brooch to be pinned to the greenhouse.
Now wouldn't you love to grow a flower that size? I know I would!!
Marie really liked her Greenhouse and says she will wear her brooch. I have a similar one and will think of her when I wear it now.
The greenhouse measures 17cm high by 12cm wide.
You can see the very start Jan and Alis' Mesoamerican project at Textiles for Two.