silk dandelion clocks

Dandelion

I am sure you are very familiar with this plant. It produces bright yellow flowers which then turn into fluffy balls full of seeds.
To most people, especially keen gardeners, a dandelion is just one of those nasty weeds calling for a spray of weed killer. It is impossible to imagine somebody would want to create a dandelion by hand. But here we are. This dandelion clock is hand crafted from scratch using pure silk. The silk dandelion clock measures about 4 cm in diameter. I used more than a hundred of fluffy seeds to make the dandelion.

This is the picture of this dandelion halfway through. It looks very realistic. It is as though somebody has just blown on it.

To make this silk flower requires a lot of  manual dexterity, a bit of knowledge about dandelions but above all a serious amount of patience!
Despite its humble looks the silk dandelion is a sophisticated creation verging on a work of art.
If you want to give it a go I am pleased to let you know that no special tools are needed to create it. The fluffy seed head can be turned into a quirky brooch or an original hat embellishment.
Any ideas how you would use this unusual silk flower? If yes, then consider mastering the art of silk dandelion clock with my step-by-step photo tutorial available here

dandelion-trio

Summer: sun, fun and flowers

What do you associate summer with?

 Warm weather, bright sun, blue-blue sky. Summer storms. Walks in the woods. Or, perhaps, in the meadows where amongst the sea of bright flowers you definitely spot a clover. Usually it comes in purple pink colour

Pink clover brooch

but sometimes you come across a white, slightly lime green variety. This summer flower, so tiny and humble, is one of the symbols of summer to me.

White clover oval brooch

 Designer white clover brooch is an intricate accessory for those who appreciate unusual understated one of a kind hand made pieces. It will look equally good pinned to a white office shirt (as in the picture) or to a summer linen jacket, light cotton dress or, perhaps, a hat.

The piece is created entirely by hand from scratch  using different types of pure silk fabrics (hand cut, hand painted, hand shaped and assembled). And I have not forgotten to include a lucky four leaf ☺

The brooch is finished with a brooch base.

Has this brooch made you think better of a simple clover flower? 🙂