Delectable Morsels – Summer flowers

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After completing my last RSN Certificate piece, and moving back to Australia, I’ve finally had time to have a play with a couple of the ‘Delectable Morsels’ packs from Alison Cole Embroidery. The first one I sat down with was ‘summer flowers’ – with quite a bit of bling!

Time to play – with the Delectable Morsels club!

I have been ‘collecting’ the packs Alison sends out for the Delectable Morsels ‘club’ for quite a few packs. Despite only wanting to create quite small pieces with them, I never seemed to really find the chance to sit down and use them. But with a lack of supplies on returning to Australia, I finally had no excuses to get back into them!

What is the Delectable Morsels ‘Club’?

The Delectable Morsels ‘club’ is a subscription pack Alison puts together once every two months. One of the things that appealed to me was that she puts together a range of different materials which I have never used before (often never heard of!).

Each pack is themed, and Alison gives you suggestions on how to use the individual materials – and how to break the ‘rules’ on how they should be used.

Also included is a sketch of a design idea. But, she encourages you to use your own imagination and design ideas to come up with you own unique piece. There is also no ‘obligation’ to use the theme of the pack in your design. It is simply a starting point!

I do find it is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle – you just don’t know what the picture is, when designing the piece. Trying to use all the different materials is at times a challenge. But I guess that is part of the point!

Summer Flowers – Smoke and Mirrors

This was a really fun pack! And one I seemed to be able to come up with a design idea for quite easily.

Included in this pack were:

  • Silk/Metallic Organza
  • Waterlillies silk by ‘Caron
  • Cascade House Filament Silk
  • Swarovski Crystal Treasure
  • Gold Stretch Wire Bracelet
  • Felt
  • 3 Ply Twist (in purple)
  • Bead Caps
  • Gilt 11’s Plate
  • Gilt Spangles and Gilt Smooth Purl
  • Cake decorating wire

And what was the smoke and mirrors about? It was all about doing some elements that required time, and some quick elements (such as the crystal, bead caps, spangles), that look great, but take next to no time to apply.

My Design

My design for this one is not really ‘summer flowers’ as such, but more a ‘sweet’ design incorporating flowers, beads, and a butterfly. I’d never used the plate before, so that required a bit of trial and error to work out how to use it in the piece.

The bracelet is essentially a big ring of pearl purl. But, I found it incredibly difficult to cut. I would have liked to have used more, but it was such a drama to cut it I just gave up! I used a couple and that was that! If I ever remember to pick myself up some wire cutters, I might revisit it, as it is a really unique material.

Stumpwork flowers

Since stumpwork flowers seemed to be an ‘essential element’ in my mind, it was time to revisit my approach to them. Forever ago, in the last Delectable Morsels pack I started (but as yet, still not finished!), I was really struggling with the petals. I was getting these horrible ‘holes’ between the silk shading and the wire.

So I decided to change my approach, and thankfully, I no longer have those horrible holes! I know ‘my way’ isn’t the ‘right’ way, but hey, it works for me!

Instead of stitching down the wire, and buttonholing it, before filling in the inside of each petal, I simply reversed it! The inside first, and the wire second. This resulted in a much better result. Not only no holes, but also more consistently shaped petals.

Using the materials

Now that I had my flower petals, it was time to put them into action.

I used vandyke stitch for some leaves around my flowers, and outlined them in the twist thread.

The organza was the ‘base’ of my made up flower. I ‘created’ petals by stitching running stitch in a wave like pattern across a strip I cut about five centimetres wide. I then gathered it up and couched it into place. One seemed to work better than the other!

I then made my stumpwork flowers on top of this, and gave them a centre with a spangle.

‘Smoke and Mirrors’

The remainder of the piece really was a smoke and mirrors effect. Attaching the glitz and glamor, and after wrestling with the bracelet, couching them in place.

I had a play with the broadplate, and my first attempt wasn’t particularly successful. I’m sure the current ones are done correctly either, but I seemed to manage to bend it back in the right place to create my giant bee like creatures. Once I’d worked out how to apply it, they really did work up quickly!

And yes, I did do a couple of bullion knot roses on there. I know some people will think of them as anything but ‘quick and easy’, but I actually enjoy stitching them!

Summer Flowers – Smoke and Mirrors

And here it is! A lovely quick project, which I didn’t struggle to work out how to incorporate the various materials. I really enjoyed this little project, and think some of the individual elements would work well by themselves on a small decorative piece.

Are you interested in ‘the club’?

I’m not sure how much longer Alison will be doing these packs for. It was initially for six packs, but as she received such good feedback, she extended it for a further six. We have just received our third in the second six I believe, so you could still join in. You can get more information on the pack from Alison here. And if you would like more information from me on the packs, do let me know!

22 Comments

  1. Alex Hall

    Definitely delectable! I love the different elements you’ve put together for this.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Alex. It was a quick, fun piece to do. I did enjoy putting together all the different elements!

      Reply
  2. Jessica Grimm

    Hi Catherine! I really love the bees you made. Simple, yet very effective. I would love to join the club. Alas, as it comes from Australia, it goes through customs adding another €11 and I would need to pick it up in Weilheim at their office in person. That’s about a 30 minutes drive and you usually have to wait quite a while before they process your shipment. Such a shame that there are no simple regulations for small businesses so they avoid these drawbacks!

    Reply
    • Catherine

      Thanks Jessica – it was a fun piece to make.
      It is such a shame about the logistics of getting this pack. I ended up getting them shipped to my parents after we knew we were coming back, as customs were adding about GBP20 to each parcel. Certainly not an insignificant amount! It also paid off as I had something to stitch when I first arrived since I was so focused on the goldwork I forgot to leave anything else unpacked! Although I didn’t have the added collection problem you have.
      I absolutely agree with you about needing to make simple rules for small businesses and individuals! All these governments make sure they get their cut one way or another.
      I hope you enjoy what I do with mine in lieu of getting one yourself.

      Reply
  3. Cathy

    This is really lovely and very unusual.

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  4. Kathy Reeves

    Those little packs really do challenge you to try different things don’t they! I love what you did with these elements, you are so creative, Catherine!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Kathy, and they certainly do challenge at times! I enjoy working the puzzle out though ☺️

      Reply
  5. Rachel

    Yes, that’s turned out very nicely, and it looks as though you enjoyed it. It’s a pity that materials aren’t always easy to get everywhere, but sometimes that means you can get a real treat on a visit overseas…!

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Rachel. It was a fun project – and I think without the ‘stress’ of the RSN for the first time in a while I enjoyed it more! It is a treat to be able to find materials on trips. It’s also good to know what it available!

      Reply
  6. Deborah Parsons

    Looks like you were not totally put off a bit of goldwork. Love the addition of colour and the way the design has incorporated lots of different techniques.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Deborah. Yes, I clearly wasn’t that put off gold work! I think in small doses it is a good thing 🙂

      Reply
  7. Crafty Boutique By Tam

    Really beautiful piece. I love all the different styles and colors. It really turned out lovely. =)

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    • Catherine

      Thank you! It’s quite sweet I think ☺️

      Reply
  8. Tracey

    So pretty Catherine. I love how you have brought all the ‘ingredients’ together ❤

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Tracey. I was surprised how well it worked!

      Reply
  9. Helen Rowen

    Another stunning piece of work from you Catherine.

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    • Catherine

      Thanks Helen. That’s lovely of you to say!

      Reply
  10. Connie Butner

    That is a gorgeous piece. I love all the different elements! This seems like such a great way to “stretch” the imagination!

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    • Catherine

      You are absolutely right Connie! It is a wonderful way to stretch the imagination, and learn how to play with new materials!

      Reply
  11. Angela Grasse

    You did beautiful work. Getting those supplies would be inspiring!

    Reply
    • Catherine

      Thanks Angela. It’s very inspiring to play with supplies!

      Reply

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