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Pompom Topiary

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer Pompom Topiary


"The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses."

 -- Hanna Rion

Topiarys are living sculptures.  They bring delight with their whimsy.  As a child I imagined they were the homes for elves and fairies.  Here is a  delightful popom topiary I designed for that childlike spirit who still believes in magic.

Materials

1    1 3/8" Clover pompom maker

1    1 5/8" Clover pompom maker

1    2 1/2" Clover pompom maker

1    bamboo skewer

1     2" x 1 5/8" miniature wood flower pot

1     6" piece of 1/4" ribbon

1     small bottle of dark green acrylic paint

1    small bottle of brown acrylic paint

1    skein of light green yarn  

1     skein of emerald green yarn

1    paper punch in the shape of a butterfly

1     sheet of gold paper

1     bottle of Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue

1     1"x 1" x 1" piece of styrofoam

1    piece of dark green craft felt

1     scissors

1     piece of white tailors chalk 

 Directions

Paint flower pot with green paint.  Allow to dry.  Paint another coat. Allow to dry.

Paint skewer with brown paint.  Allow to dry.  Paint another coat.  Allow to dry.

Make 1 small, medium and large pompom.  Use both green yarns held together.  Trim any access or long bits.

Turn the flower pot upside down onto the felt.  Trace the circle with a piece of tailor's chalk onto the felt.

Cut out the circle.

Insert the foam into the flowerpot pushing it down firmly so it is secure.

Glue the felt circle onto the top of the styrofoam.

Glue the ribbon along the brim of the flower pot. Trim off access.

Make a gold paper butterfly using your butterfly punch.

Glue the butterfly onto the ribbon at the point where the ends meet, so that the ends of the ribbon are no longer visible.

Stick the skewer into the center of the flowerpot through the felt and styrofoam.  Remove.  Squeeze some glue into the hole, carefully not spilling any onto the felt.  Push the skewer back into the hole.

Thread the pompoms onto the skewer, beginning with the large, then the medium and finally the small pompom.  Spread them evenly across the pompom with the smallest at that top.  

Once you like the positioning of the pompoms, add a little glue to secure them to the skewer.  

Allow to dry before moving.

* This project is perfect for using with yarn leftover from other projects.  Make them white for a winter scene or for use at a wedding table.  


mini bead flower sweetness

 

© 2011 Lindsay Obermeyer beaded flowers by Thelma Schweizer

 


"I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers."  --  Claude Monet

I've been meaning to post a few images taken of work by Thelma Schweizer. These miniature beaded blossom are just so sweet.  I love the iris and the rose!  

 

© 2011 Lindsay Obermeyer beaded flowers by Thelma Schweizer

 

I never had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Schweizer.  Her daughter contacted me after seeing my Glass Prairie collection.  Her mom had passed away and she had a huge stash of beads for sale. Needless to say, I bought the stash.  They were still labeld as from Czechloslavakia.  It's an honor to work with the materials that someone so obviously treasured.  

I'd never been interested in making miniatures, but after seeing this collection, I am tempted. Tempted enough that I also bought many of her small vases! I think a collection of these little treasures would make a very attractive addition to my collection of pewter miniatures.  Imagine them also gracing a dining table set for Easter dinner or the cheer they would bring to the kitchen window on a cold winter day.    


button topiary

 

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Button Topiary

"Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity."  --  John Ruskin

 This quick weekend project is a great way to show off your button stash while making them easily accessible to use when the need for an emergency repair occurs.  A great decoration for your dining table or mantlepiece.

 

Materials

1     6" Styrofoam ball 

1     ball of  worsted green yarn (I chose an olive green.)

1     3/8" x 12"  dowel rod

2     yds of ribbon

1      3.5" terra cotta flower pot

1     bag of decorative spanish moss

1     4oz bottle of Aleene's Original Tacky Glue

4    boxes of Dritz Quilting Pearl Head Pins

2    yds of gingham ribbon 

1    scissors

1    small box of dry plaster of paris mix

1    sharpened pencil

1    ruler

1    roll of Duck Tape

 

Measure 3.5" from the end of your dowel rod with a pencil

Take your dowel rod and insert it into the styrofoam ball.  Push it in to the ball to the 3.5" mark. Pull it out.

Wrap your yarn around the ball.  Do not cover up the hole you've made for the dowel rod.  Once you have covered the entire surface, glue down the end.

Measure 2.5" from the other end of your dowel rod with a pencil.

Apply a small amount of glue onto the dowel rod between the marked ends.  Spread it evenly across the wood's surface with your finger.  Wrap the ribbon around the dowel rod.  Trim access.  Allow to dry.

Take your buttons and begin pinning them to the ball.  Use two pins per button.  Place the buttons evenly across the surface using a variety of sizes and textures.  Push the pins fully into the styrofoam.  Do not cover up the hole for your dowel rod.

Use a small piece of Duck Tape to cover up the hole at the bottom of the flower pot.

Mix 1 cup of dry plaster following package directions.  

Insert your rod into the center of the flower pot at the 2.5" marked end.  While holding the rod with one hand, pour the plaster of paris into the flower pot.  Hold your dowel rod straight until the plaster sets. Allow to dry several hours.

Once the plaster of paris is dry, squeeze some glue into the hole of the styrofoam ball being careful to not squeeze too much.  You don't want any to drip out when you turn it to place on the dowel rod. If it does, wipe immediately with a paper towel.   

Place the stryofoam ball onto the dowel rod.

Use the rest of the ribbon to tie a bow onto the dowel rod.  

Place some spanish moss into the flower pot covering up the plaster of paris.

Allow the glue to set in the styrofoam ball before moving to the center of your dining table or mantlepiece.  

*Note -  I recommended using plaster of paris as you need to add weight to the flower pot.  Otherwise your piece will be top heavy and likely to tip over.

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Button Topiary

The crocheted blanket in the background was made by my great grandmother who was never without her "work."  I inherited her collection of steel hooks and many of her finished pieces. Following in her footsteps, I made the featured black and white granny square table runner from linen.  


beaded button bracelet

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer Button Bracelet photo by Larry Sanders
"Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles." -- Sonja Henie

Simple, but elegant.  A crochet rope the length of a bracelet with a scattering of beaded buttons.   Sometimes I take my design inspiration directly from the materials.   In this case it was the buttons I received as a gift from a friend.  Sheila owns One World Button Supply Company.  The buttons she sells, many which of she has designed, are beyond belief gorgeous.  She sent some blue and green beaded buttons that I am itching to work into a necklace.  

To add strength to the bracelet and to allow for easy attachment of the clasp, a length of stringing wire runs through the center of the rope.  Sterling silver bead caps finish the ends with a basic ball-end (in this case a heart) and toggle clasp.  A dangle of crystal adds just a dash of extra flash.  

Thank you to Larry Sanders for the great photo!


making a needle-felted pancake bead

©2012 Lindsay Obermeyer felted beads
"Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."  --  Claude Monet

I love making these felted beads.  They are quick to make, easy to do and can be used in a variety of jewelry projects.  They are an offshoot of my other felting experiments and a nice alternative to the more common ball-shaped bead.  

For this particular group, I chose a woodsy palette in shades of green, chocolate and cream.  To get started you will need the following:

Materials

1 package each of Clover's Natural Wool Roving in Chocolate, Mint, Moss Green and Off White

1 Clover Needle Felting Claw & Mat Cleaner

1 Clover Needle Felting Mat (small)

1 Clover Pen Style Needle Felting Tool

1 1" biscuit cutter

Bead1

Put your biscuit cutter on the mat and press it slightly into the surface to keep it stable.  Pull a tuft of the roving . Gently roll it into a ball shape and stuff it into your biscuit cutter.  

Bead2

Using your needle felting tool, begin punching down the roving.  Move from the center to the edge of the circle and back.  I hold the biscuit cutter with one hand while punching with the other. (In the case of this photo, I was using my left hand to take the photo!)  Once you have a fairly uniform surface, lift up the biscuit cutter and flip it over and felt from the other side using the same process.  Continue until the bead is flat like a pancake and about 1/4 inch thick..

Bead3

Remove the biscuit cutter form.  Hold the bead in place with the claw in one hand and continue felting with the tool along the edge of the bead to firm up the sides.

Bead4

When the bead feels dense and firm, pull a thin tuft of a contrasting color and lay it across the surface.

Bead5

Remove one of the needles from the needle felting tool.  Punch down in the center of the tuft to begin attaching it to the bead.  Twirl the tuft of roving around the needle and continue punching it into place.

Bead6

It will soon form a dot.  Continue punching around the edge until the dot it is round and dense.

Bead7

You now have a bead!  You may add another dot to the flip side if you wish.  

Glue your new creation on a pin.  Thread it onto a cord.  Add it to a jacket zipper. There are many possibilities!