We had some wonderful crochet panels in the Weaving Stories Installation, due to the fact that crochet is very popular in Kuwait. I thought it might be fun to show you some of them up close!
I was inspired by the Desert theme and I wanted to show that there actually is some green in the desert! I was so happy to find a variegated yarn that had the exact shades I was looking for. Since the wall tells stories of Kuwait, I decided to include the National Flower of Kuwait, Al Arfaj. It is like the dandelion of the desert and it is a cheerful reminder that there is color in the desert!
I crocheted the panel background before I knew where to place the flowers or how I would stitch them. I just let the yarn do the talking first!
I wanted them to look as much like they do in nature as I could so I went searching for photos of Al Arfaj, and I found the perfect image:
I printed it in the size I needed it to be for the panel and traced the main lines on to some thin paper and pinned it into place on the panel.
Then, I used some regular sewing thread to stitch all of the stems through the paper.
After it was all stitched, I tore off the paper so I could follow the thread stitching lines to stitch with the yarn.
The stitching lines appear very faint in the photo, but they were visible enough to stitch easily.
I chose the shades of green from the variegated yarn so they would show up well on the background, cutting the yarn and changing colors wherever necessary.
Once the stems were embroidered, I pulled out all of the sewing thread.
I used the photo as inspiration for where and how to stitch the flowers. I tried a few techniques for stitching the flowers, and decided on one that would give the most realistic look. It involved stitching a rather thick base of petals, then cutting some of the stitches and separating the strands of yarn to give a fuzzy appearance in the center of the flowers.
This method was a great way to stitch the flowers as realistically as possible!