With that in mind several members of the Maryland Chapter of the Tasha Tudor Museum Society gathered today to make needle-felted flowers in honor of the May flowers that Tasha loved so much. . . .
We got down to business after I showed them the basics. I told them the only skill that needle-felting required was the ability to keep one's fingers away from the point of the needle! All of our ladies are very talented, but I'm sad to say I heard an occasional "ouch!", including one of my own. . . .
I had started my flower beforehand so I could show everyone what an almost-completed flower looked like. I was also able to show them what not to do.....why they should make all their petals before attaching them to the center disc so they will know the correct spacing before they started attaching the petals. Then I started on a Westie I'd seen on the Web. . . .
Here are the ladies working on their projects. . . .
After a while we took a break for Tasha's Welsh Breakfast tea, lemon cookies, and Dady's Brownies. Dady was Tasha's Scottish Nanny when she was a child. . . .
I did not make the icing for my brownies, but I included the recipe on the back for those who might want to. . . .
The Lemon Cookie recipe can be found on my first post about the Maryland Chapter of the TTMS here.
We used this time to discuss what we'd like to do to celebrate Tasha's 100th birthday in August. One intriguing suggestion was to go to a park in a nearby town that has a stream to re-enact Becky's Birthday flotilla of cakes! We also discussed our plans for upcoming meetings in the Fall. I think we have some exciting things lined up. Our members will be taking turns hosting and preparing the activities. The activities won't necessarily be things that Tasha did, or wrote about in her books like we did this past year, but instead we will be letting her guide us in exploring and expressing our individual talents, taking joy in the little things, keeping in mind that she never meant for her life to be copied. Instead she urged us each to advance confidently in the direction of our dreams.
Carol decided her flower looked more like a cross, so she decided to let it be what it wanted to be. . . .
Edie made a Blue Daze. . . .
Cindy made a tiny flower surrounded by a heart, then made two miniature kitty cats for a dollhouse. . . .
I made a Black-eyed Susan and a Westie. . . .
I set out Tasha's books about Spring and the merry month of May. . . .
This is the needle-felted Corgi I made last December for our Christmas gift exchange. . . .
If you'd like to try your hand at needle felting, supplies can be found at Michael's craft stores. Here is a tutorial that will help you get started. There are lots more tutorials on YouTube.
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