Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Crocus


Every spring I gaze in wonder at the snowdrops, crocus flowers and daffodils in various stages of colourful bloom.
I had a go at needlefelting snowdrops last year...
I made sketches and photographed crocus blooms and daffs too.
A couple of years ago I'd found this Debbie Bless SoHo wool and earmarked it for a delicate purple crocus...
As it didn't seem right to create a crocus in any season other than spring, I started one last week as they were flourishing in the garden.
The darker base is thowsters waste and the colour shading is a result of the variation of colour and width in the wool.

Whilst mostly pleased with the result it also got me thinking...
  • the background colour is important - if I did it again I'd probably use a pale blue..so I could add some thin green leaves
  • a crocus is often pictured closed... and if open - from above
  • when you see a crocus it is usually not alone...there are whole crowds of them smiling in the sun
  • what could I do with a single crocus? Perhaps a brooch (this one's a bit on the large side for that)...or a card... ??
However... I think what it brought home to me most is how delicate and intricate the patterning on a crocus is, and how this does not always easily translate into being needlefelted, particularly with yarn! (I might try white merino and purple silk another time.....next spring, although at the moment I think I may have got the crocus creation urge out of my system!!)

I may stick to more abstract and less delicate blooms in the future......I have another idea.......watch this space!!

3 comments:

bakingandmaking.com said...

Love the crocus - such natural colours and a beautiful composition.
Tx

ThatFuzzyFeeling said...

Ali, I think you've created a lovely crocus image! It would be interesting to explore other approaches - wispy merino would be interesting, wouldn't it :)
Liz x

Becky J said...

It reads beautifully as a crocus and I love that yarn. I can see what you mean about the background, but it would make a lovely spring card or Mother's day card. Why don't you list it on Folksy?
Becky x