These are my Funky Flowers. Until now, most of my flowers have been realistic interpretations. These started as doodles. I decided to see if they could be successfully transfered to cross stitch so I transferred one to a 4 inch graph paper square. By working bigger you can definitely get in more detail. I like the way the hastily scribbled leaves turned out.
The flowers where more difficult. Actually, upper left and bottom right where more difficult. I liked the other two as soon as they where drawn. But the difficult ones where redesigned many times. Interestingly, those two are sort of based on real flowers (Upper left the blanketflower and bottom right a flower growing in a friends yard that I don't know the name of and never had a chance to look up). Since the other 2 came totally out of my imagination they didn't have any expectations to live up to.
Since the flowers where more cartoony I gave them black and white checked borders. I love the way they turned out but where tedious to stitch. Since the flowers where stitched on a pinkish fabric I also worked out alternatives for stitching on a white ground. But, the flowers could easily be stitched individually, without a border. Or, they could be stitched in a horizontal or vertical row.
Since I doodle often I'm sure I'll be coming up with more funky flowers (or even some funky fruit, vegetagbles, or insects).