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Puff Balls

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One of the pleasures of teaching needlepoint is the opportunity to travel. As Iíve journeyed to teach, from Maine to Hawaii, from Florida to Alaska, and lots of places in-between, one constant I noticed was: dandelions! These sunny yellow flowers tend to be the bane of those trying to cultivate a beautiful lawn. But, their cherry brilliance adds color to many landscapes. Stitch your own Puff Balls. I promise these wonít color your lawn at all!

This project includes very simple realistic shading. Itís really very easy! The booklet includes instructions on how to basic realistic shading so that you can try the technique on other projects. Sage green congress cloth is the perfect background for these yellow and cream flowers with deep green leaves. One flower is worked with cream seed beads. The finished piece may be displayed as a diamond shaped framed hanging or will fit in a box with 7" square opening.

Level: Intermediate
Ground Fabric: #24 Sage Green Congress Cloth
Threads/materials: Stranded silks, two colors of Japanese Delica seed beads, padding felt
Finished Size: Diamond shape 7.75" diameter
Instructions and photos: $21.00; includes directions to stitch project, instructions for basic realistic shading, full view and detail photos
Complete Kit: $36; includes 12" x 12" sage green Zweigart Congress Cloth, 6 colors/values of lustrous Silk Mori needed to stitch the design as shown, two colors of Japanese seed beads, padding felt, #26 chenille needle, #26 and #24 tapestry needles, detailed instructions and photos

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Last Updated April 20, 2004