This weeks #daphnerosainbloom peony post is all about paper peony progress – I feel a lot of p words coming up – & I had intended this to be my last peony post for this month. But having perused – see what I did there – the calendar I think I can squeeze another week out so this is actually my penultimate paper peony progress post… boo ya!
These peonies were waiting for me at home from the husband after I’d been away for a few days, what a good egg hey… & like no others I had ever seen. They had different coloured layers of petals but the cream ones were much smaller… does anyone know what it’s called?! It’s a stunner thats for sure! Thinking about what I was going to do this month I had decided I wanted to go back to making an actual flower after last months printing & was pretty sure I needed a paper element to give shape to the petals. My first attempts were of the pom-pom technique – anyone ever made those tissue paper pom-poms for their wedding? – & although quite effective didn’t quite give me the soft layered effect I was looking for, they were a bit bloomin awful if I’m being totally honest, progress not perfection & all that…
So I went back to my roots & began sewing the flowers together using individual petals & adding in a fabric element with some blush coloured tulle.
Sewing the petals individually gave me much more control over the shape of the flower, being able to manipulate each one as they were added & I was much happier with the result. I also softened the colours with a pale pink & the blush tulle & now want to try a mixture of white & pink like these beauties.
I have also been wanting to use my flowers to create some interiors products so my focus next week is also to trial a new idea with these peonies, a sort of flower hanger type decoration, let’s see how it goes anyway, I’ve made a start at least…
So the last piece of peony news for you this week is pretty big. I don’t know how many of you will know of the blog A Beautiful Mess but it’s a favourite of mine & this week the lovely ladies behind it featured 1 of my pictures on their Instagram feed. A small win for some but a pretty big deal for me so excuse my little celebration… back to the flowers next week I promise!