Petal & Pins

Month: October, 2013

Tangled

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

One of the dresses I’m working on for a client at the moment is in tulle finely embroidered with a lacy border of flowers and leaves that trickle down.

The effect is similar to the hem of this Garden Fairy’s dress I made of native violets – they grow in tangled patches like Mother Nature’s embroidery embellishing the brick paths and sandstone steps in my garden.

Tutu

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

As a child I called Fushias ‘ballerina flowers’.

The pretty petal tutus and stamens like slender legs in pointe shoes dangling on the bush a joyful delight to small eyes and hands.

My garden now is perfect for Fushias – I have several varieties flowering at the moment – and just sometimes I’m still drawn to pause and  make a flower pirouette in my hand!

 

Underneath The Cherry Blossom

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

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© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

 

Lilac Time

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

My patchwork hedge hides my house from the street and there is a gate each end with steps leading to a half circle path that takes you to the front door. Depending on which direction you’re venturing out in (or returning from) can be the deciding factor of which gate to take or it may just be chosen on a whim.

Now last weeks rain has cleared and the sunshine has returned the lilacs in the hedge are flowering and the sweet scent greets you at the gates – it is at this time of the year I think the front garden is at it’s most magical.

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

© Sandra Alcorn 2012

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© Sandra Alcorn 2013

Embellish And Adorn

© Sandra Alcorn

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

In my last post The Beginnings Of A Dress I had embarked on dying the fabric and fitting the toile for my niece’s leavers dress. We’ve got a lot done in a week, including making and beading some of the flowers to embellish the dress.

We also made time to visit my friend Amanda – I made a Garden Fairy’s Dress out of Rhododendrons from her garden last October. This time she had baked a delicious tea cake soaked in a brandy syrup and adorned it with fresh flowers.

Despite the wintery temperatures, wind and rain this week – all the flowers – both real and silk have allowed Springs festive air to shine through.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

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