A few years ago (what seems like such a long time ago, long before my son was born and I had ample amounts of free time to plan and decorate), I found the inspiration for how I wanted to decorate our guest bedroom. The source image for my inspiration had the perfect bedding, lovely purple walls and 2 framed pictures hanging above the bed (see below).
I wanted the room to be inviting and feminine, and I wanted it to have artistry that reflected my love for crochet. This is where the framed pictures come in. The bedding had flowers in different complementing tones of purple and beige, so I felt art pieces created with crochet flowers in frames would tie in perfectly. I looked around on Ravelry for flower motif patterns and came across several that looked elegant and had charts that appeared easy to follow. With different shades and weights of coordinating colored yarn, I worked up these flower motifs, arranged them inside a couple of 9×13 frames, and hot glued them down. The result was exactly as I wanted.
Since these pieces were done years ago and because I didn’t capture step-by-step photos at the time, I’ll highlight in this post the materials and patterns I used to create my flower motif art.
- 2 9×13 white frames matted to 8×10 (purchased at Michael’s Craft Store)
- Silver spray paint
- Clear coat spray paint
- mini glue gun and glue sticks
- 2 items of *Aunt Lydia’s Cotton Crochet thread (1 in Natural and the other Plum), Size 3
- 1 2.5 oz skein of *Lily Sugar’n Cream Cotton yarn….I believe the color is Soft Violet
- 1 skein Caron Spa yarn in deep purple (this yarn is now discontinued but a similar sport or lightweight yarn would be a good substitute)
I’m linking to the patterns as I found them on Ravelry. The pattern pages provide important details about recommended yarns and hook sizes. I didn’t stray far from the pattern recommendations except for the yarns I used. All patterns are provided by Pierrot (Gosyo Co., Ltd)
I began by spray painting the white frames with a silver paint that would match well with the white matting within the frames and the purple color on the wall. It took 2 or 3 coats to get the color on evenly. After a day or two of drying in the garage, I sprayed the frame with an additional acrylic clear coat to give it a nice shine and to protect the silver paint underneath.
After the frames had dried and after I had crocheted my motifs, it was time to begin laying them out in the frames. I left the background canvas of both pieces plain to match the bedding in the room. It helps make the flower motifs pop and be the main focus of the artwork.
I didn’t block any of the flower motifs in either of the pieces. It wasn’t really necessary since I glued them down. As I glued them down, I just made sure to move/stretch out/manipulate the motif to lay as I wanted it.
In order to get all the motifs to fit in the matted 8×10 area, some of them had to overlap. That was okay by me.
All in all, I was pretty pleased with how the pieces turned out. If I had thought of it at the time (not sure if I did and just decided against it), I might have crocheted a few leaf motifs to add to the mix. It’s possible I might make some similar art pieces like these and try adding leaves to see the difference.
Hope you enjoyed seeing how I made these pieces. By all means, you’re not caged in a box when it comes to making your own framed art pieces similar to mine. Use whatever color yarn/thread that matches your decor. Feel free to use any of the other hundreds of other flower motif patterns there are out there as well. Add some leaves or spruce up the background within your piece. It’s only limited to your imagination and creativity, so have fun!
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