Dandelion Radiance

Many of my designs begin as one thing and pleasingly end up being something else. The large golden shuttle-tatted flower on this box was initially a Marigold. I was adoring the enormous yellow Marigolds in my porch box and felt inclined to design one. It was a successful venture and a flexible design. If I use finer thread, I end up with a Dandelion. Larger threads in autumn orange make it more of a Mum.

At any rate the six layer flower on this box is a puffy little dandelion with it’s own tatted leaves on each side. An amber crystal gives the center spark and tiny olive seed beads accent the vein of the leaf. On the right side is a cluster of small tatted 5 petal flowers beaded with coordinating colors. Teeny leaves are added to the garden cluster as well as a cherry red PIXIE butterfly dancing above. All of the work is mounted on cream damask Aida that has a fantastic sheen. The outside is surrounded by satin cord in olive green and the interior is fully lined with ruby red felt. The box measures 3 1/2″ by 2 3/4″ and has gone to the Blue Heron Art Gallery in Volant, PA for display and sale.

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