Monday, February 02, 2009

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.


Vicki W said...

It's excellent!

On a Whimsey said...

You are so clever and talented Alis!! The Greenhouse is amazing! Love it, and the flower ;)

Sue B said...

oh my gosh Alis this is wonderful!

Margarita Korioth said...

I adore the flower! Yes, would love to grow one that size.