Cutting it out wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Just a steady hand and a little concentration was all that was necessary. The silk organza is really easy to handle and the stitched edging does a great job of keeping everything in place. One can feel confident that the sampler won't fray or lose its shape.
The fact that I could cut out the sampler means...
that I finished the mini projects too! This is the flower brooch that I showed before. It really is tiny--
But I think it'll be a versatile accessory, a nice accent for my usual simple style. In fact, it would be great to have in a variety of colors... maybe to use in a cluster too?
The second brooch is a repetition of the b+w bow motif from the sampler--
Only this time, it's not flat, but three-dimensional. This project was actually a practice in creating structural elements. It's hard to tell in the above photo, but the two black 'wings' stand away from the body, like this--
What a great technique to know! I feel like it has opened the door to a whole new realm of design possiblities. Already, I have ideas in mind using it...
For now, I'm happy to have a couple of new accessories just in time for the holiday celebrations. That, and an empty frame on which to start something new.
~ Happy Holidays! ~