Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I made this some time ago and it stays on the shelf in my sewing room. the stem and one leaf are stitched onto brown wool felt.
The upper leaf is worked as a detached element on calico using gumnut silk threads.
The caps on the top of the flowers are worked using green felt and silk threads.
The flowers are made using red silk threads bound together, similar to making a tassel, and these were inserted in the caps and then stitched to the stem.
I added some fabric stiffener to the ends of the flowers to keep them in place.
Although this is such a simple piece I am very pleased with it.
The variety of flowering eucalypts is extensive and always interesting. They attract nectar loving birds and provide colour in the garden. Many of the trees have interesting leaves and bark. They are messy, dropping leaves throughout the year and often losing rather large limbs after strong winds. Many of them shed long sheets of bark on a very hot day in an attempt to provide themselves with mulch to keep their roots cool. A very efficient idea.