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Poinsettias – I love ’em!

Hawaii Poinsettia Bush
Hawaii Poinsettia Bush

Happy New Year, Everyone!

While stationed in Hawaii in the 1970s, it wasn’t unusual to see poinsettias growing as bushes or whole fields ready to be harvested.  In addition to its holiday colors, it is the birthday flower for both my daughter and me, so I always try to find a large poinsettia to decorate the house.  To my disappointment, the leaves begin to dry up and fall off  before the holidays arrive and eventually, it is too sad to keep.

My holiday project this year involved making a poinsettia wall hanging that would not wilt, dry to a crisp and fall apart.  It will be my permanent poinsettia!  I used a variety of Christmas fabrics from my stash as well as recycled white drapery fabric.  I finally mixed opaque seta color paints to get the correct color for the “white” flowers.  The leaves were cut from pellon 810 and then painted with opaque seta colors also in order to get the deep green that I wanted.

White poinsettia
White poinsettia

I am still enjoying the process and have arrived at the quilting stage… always my favorite part of the project because adding the texture of the quilted stitches brings the piece to life.

Red poinsettia
Red poinsettia

Once the quilted background is complete, each poinsettia blossom will have additional floral layers attached.  I completed the appliqué poinsettias before I started quilting the background, so it will be time to add those soon.  First… finish the quilting and add the embroidery detail to the leaves.  Still a joy!  The space on the wall is calling… and I’ll leave it there until March once it is hung.

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Poinsettia Blossoms and Leaves in progress…

After a visit to the Garden Supply in Cary, NC, I realized that my mind’s eye wasn’t correct on the color of poinsettias.  “White” poinsettias are not white at all.  They are a soft green creamy color and sometimes a soft creamy pink.  I mixed lime green Dye n’ Flo ink (about 1 T) with Pebeo Seta Color opaque white acrylic paint (about 5-6 T) and Pebeo extender (about 2 T), to thin the mixture.   Start with the dye ‘n flow lime green so you can remove some of it if it spills out too quickly. It takes very little green to turn white into the soft color you want!  (Ask me how I know!)

I used an artist sponge to dab the paint onto the fabric.  The fabric is a recycled drapery fabric that has the slubby texture I wanted.  In the picture below, I appliquéd the blossoms and leaves in place with a machine satin stitch.  It’s still all very “flat” looking, but the next steps will start to bring it to life.  (If not, I can always slash it up and create potholders and coasters.)   I’m in the process of beginning the machine quilting, and then some more machine embroidery.  I will add another tier of blossoms, embroidered and quilted before being attached… maybe with beads. Sorry -there is a shadow on the right side…. just the time of day in The Loft Studio.  Hope you are in a happy place, creating and enjoying this merry season!

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