Oh my goodness, Wow! I was really not expecting all the comments and questions that resulted from my last post about vacation flowers. But thank you to everyone who commented and sent emails with questions! I thought I’d better add a little something to answer those questions, for any others who may want to know but not want to ask.
On the Bloom Builders flowers.
* I didn’t use PTI cardstock for these blooms, just old thinner cardstocks from my stash. I did that so I could practice making them first, without having to use up my valuable PTI cardstock stash, in case I were to make a bunch of mistakes. 😉 Plus, I just have sooooo much miscellaneous cardstock and paper in my stash, sometimes I don’t know what to do with it! So I figured, why not make a bunch of PTI blooms with some of them?! However, the felt flowers in the second photo ARE made from PTI felt.
* I did not use the metal shim for the blooms I created in the photo, but that may be necessary with PTI cardstocks. I don’t really know. But with these thinner cardstocks, I did send the cutting-plate sandwich through forward once, then I rolled it backward to give it two pressure cuts through the machine. (I used the Cuttlebug machine.)
* The cardstocks did get stuck in the die after cutting. As per advice from one of the PTI DT members (I cannot remember who gave it, though), I gently tap the die on the table or my leg, which releases some of the easier pieces. Then I used some blue painter’s tape (again, as per PTI DT advice) to stick onto the cardstock and gently pull up to help release the tougher pieces. I wouldn’t say it was ‘bad,’ but it did take effort in the cutting phase.
On the crochet flowers.
* I used Nichole Heady’s pattern found here on her blog. It is a tutorial for a 2-layer flower made in two rounds.
* I had to teach myself to crochet in order to make these flowers, since I am a knitter and did not know how to crochet. I used YouTube videos and blog tutorials to learn. I practiced with a bigger hook and yarn first to make sure I was doing them correctly and practice a bit, and just to be able to see what I was doing! Then I began using the small hook and embroidery floss. It took me much practice to make them look decent!!
* Being every bit a novice, I had trouble doing the second round behind the first round, so I simply omitted that round and stayed with just a single layer flower made from the first round, which works for my purposes just fine. (Hopefully that makes sense!) But I do have hopes of practicing with making the second round, because I really do like the 2-layer version.
* These flowers, as I have created them, are approximately 1″ to 1-1/4″, depending on how uptight or relaxed I was while working on them and how tight or loose the stitches ended up being.
I think that covers most of the questions I received. Please email me or comment if you have any other questions or if I missed something, and I’ll do my best to respond!