Making time to craft can be difficult. I know that for me, sometimes I just need a really quick, simple project, to get the creativity flowing again. I have been enjoying experimenting with pressing leaves and flowers and trying out different ways to create with them.
On a morning walk to school, we found these beautiful vibrant leaves (I think they are japanese maple leaves??) and immediately I wanted to make something with them! I collected a good handful… I thought perhaps we could make a nice hedgehog picture with them, so I decided to press them all, to maintain their shape. Unfortunately the leaves dried out fairly quickly on my table and when I came to press them in the evening, most were curled up already (lesson learnt!). There were 3 leaves that still seemed useable and I was messing around with an embroidery hoop and thinking how great it would be to try and create a set of seasonal hoops (this was a continuation of the snowflake embroidery that I created).
My thought process continued and I pondered embroidery and hot bundling dye techniques. I finally decided upon an experimentation. I wanted to see if I pressed the flowers on some fabric, what would happen? I’ve found that when pressing leaves with paper stock, they can adhere to the paper. I wondered if either a) the flowers would adhere to the fabric or b) some of the pigment might be pressed onto the fabric leaving a mark. The answer to both of these questions, is NO! Sure I could have googled to find out, but sometimes it is fun to investigate! I decided that I still wanted to combine fabric with the pressed leaves and I came up with this really simple fabric suncatcher craft!
Take an embroidery hoop, square of translucent fabric (I used undyed, organic batiste) and your pressed leaves/flowers, with stems attached (choose the type that allow light to pass through, thick waxy leaves for example, won’t be as nice).
Arrange your leaves and flowers in your desired pattern, with stems overlapping the inner hoop.
Lay fabric over the top of your leaves/flowers. Now replace the outside hoop and tighten, keeping fabric taught. trim excess fabric and hang in window!
I really love the effect, it reminds me of shadow puppet theatre!