Monday, 8 March 2010

Blooming


If spring is not coming to Macbiehill yet, there is only one solution! We'll have to bring it there ourselves, and this lovely bouquet of tulips and daffodils certainly does the trick for me. They really lift the spirit and promise more to come!

Spring is definitely in the air in my various Yahoo groups and there are a variety of Spring themed swaps going on. I'm hosting one on Vintage Spring ATCs on the ATCsforAll site and there is also a Spring ATC swap being organized on the Alpha Stamps Yahoo Group.


I signed up for it already, simply could not control my clicking finger and I was also inspired by the lucite flowers recently added to the Alpha Stamps inventory. As you can see there and now also on this blog I was only too happy to make a sample ATC using them. This one consists of a fabric-paper collage incorporating vintage images, to which I added the image of the lady from the Alpha Stamps Shakespeare #1 fabric collage sheet.
I did some machine stitching on the ATC, and then spend a considerable amount of time adding french knots by hand in a variegated yarn. The ATC then had a bit of a rest period as I felt it needed something else but could not think what that was till I received the lucite flowers from Alpha Stamps and they were just that je ne sais quoi I knew I wanted. The final touch was the text: Left blooming alone.

6 comments:

Georgina said...

The time spent on the french Knots was worth it - they add delight!
I hope Spring knocks soon - the Welsh sky was cloudless today and we were able to tree plant at last!

Maggi said...

Wow, look at all of those French knots! Holy smokes! lol That ATC is marvelous! Come on Spring! :D

Helen Cowans said...

Glad to see Spring is arriving - if not naturally yet :) yesterday I heard the birds singing for the first time in months. Today they are quiet again and its damp and foggy.

When are your exhibitions? - so I can add them to the diary.

Lenna Young Andrews said...

Dear Frieda,
The tulips are beautiful, but I think your ATC is even more gorgeous! I really, really like the black and white buildings in the background contrasting with your colorful French Knots and the Lucite flowers from Alpha Stamps. A perfect combination!
Now I must go check out ATCs for ALL -I have not been able to visit there for a while... vintage flowers sounds good!
lenna

Debby said...

Frieda, gosh what a gorgeous piece and I love your fresh flowers!
hugs,
debby

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

all those French knots!!! beautiful!

when are you going to put a book together for publication?!

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