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Ashley's Wedding Bouquet

Erics Boutonniere

Time, that aged nurse,
Rocked me to patience.

– John Keats

Since about December, I’ve been totally engrossed in the task of creating fabric flowers for Ashley’s wedding bouquet.  I only wish I had been able to devote more time to posting each flower along the way.  In any case, it’s been lovely delicate work and I have enjoyed every minute.  And now it’s done.  I finally delivered her bouquet and Eric’s boutonniere yesterday afternoon, in the pouring rain.  Would you believe today is the wedding?  Yes I agree I may have cut this one a little close.  Well here we are, yesterday’s rain is a distant memory.  Today the sky is blue and the sunshine is dazzling.  I wish Ashley and Eric many love-filled years ahead.

As for me. I’m feeling pleased and at peace with the finished pieces, and oh so eager to return to my regularly scheduled programming.

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Sage Green Fabric Flowers

I will be the gladdest thing under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

– Edna St. Vincent Millay

These sage green fabric flowers for Ashley’s bouquet started out as something like this tutorial from the Weddingbee.  I digressed by adding a few sparkly sheer ribbon petals.  OK moving along, 5 flowers done, 30 or so more to go!

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Purple Ribbon Flowers

Upon the mound where my pearl fell,
Tall, shadowing herbs grew bright and sheen,
Gilliflower, ginger and gromwell,
With peonies powdered all between.

– translated by Sophie Jewett

The last couple days I’ve been immersed in stitching up ribbon flowers for my friend Ashley’s wedding bouquet.  Enamored by Mrs. Locket’s fabric-floral bouquet, Ashley requested something with a vintage vibe.  I’ve been collecting just the right colors, and now I’m whipping them up.  Well whipping isn’t exactly the right word, it’s more like sculpting.  This is something I’ve never tried before but I’m already foreseeing how easy it is to go bonkers with all the possibilities.

I fell in love with this soft sheer ribbon in gorgeous shades of purple and green. Not at all difficult to do, thanks to a very easy to follow Ribbon Flower Pin Tutorial I found at Make It Do.  So far my strategy is to make a flower, then make it again a little bit better.