I don’t know about you, but ever since I signed up for the Freaky Flower Swap, I’ve been looking at the world through different eyes. The timing is so perfect – as gardens burst with new spring flora, I’m searching for inspiration for my embroidery. Freaky inspiration.
My garden is providing some ideas. This aquilegia has such a pretty star-shaped bloom, but the profile is rather alien-like
The dicentra – Bleeding Hearts – are out, and I’ve always been mesmerized by the shape, how they are a perfect heart with that little drop at the bottom. Poetic, but still quite freaky.
The bees sure love them!
As I walk around my village, I search out bizarre blossoms. When I’m shopping, I spy crazy patterns on clothing and crockery. Even when I read a bedtime story to my youngest daughter, my eyes scan the pages for imaginative illustrations. And my beloved Dr. Seuss certainly doesn’t disappoint in the Freaky Flowers department!
Fox in Socks offers up a single rose stacked in a tower of strangeness.
And who can forget the entire civilization living on the dust speck in Horton Hears a Who?
I’ve started my swap piece, though I’ll keep it secret for the moment. I can divulge that it involves some crewel wool in a bright shade of coral-pink and a new stitch technique for me...
All will be revealed in time!
How is your Freaky Flowers project coming along? Share your thoughts below and in the &Stitches Flickr group. We'd love to see it!