Updated: Jan 20
What do flowers symbolize?
Flower symbolism originated in Asia and the Middle East, where certain flowers, such as the lotus, were considered sacred, or at least to be associated with spiritual themes. This was often reflected in artwork, for example the use of bamboo in Chinese art to represent longevity and eternity. The language of flowers was introduced to England in the early 18th century by Mary Wortley, Lady Montague, whose husband was Ambassador to Turkey. By the Victorian era, almost every flower had a specific meaning attached to it. Small nosegay or "tussie mussie" bouquets might include chamomile flowers, which a woman might send to a romantic interest to tell him "Patience"; goldenrod represented indecision.
Some flowers have many interesting uses, goldenrod is one example
"If you want to explore other outside the box options, use goldenrod as a cut flower, a natural dye, to make an herbal tea, or as part of a healing skin salve."
Why are humans attracted to flowers? Flowers are designed to attract, they are colorful and fragrant advertisements to attract bees and birds to ensure the spreading of their pollen for their reproduction and survival.
They represent, beauty, summer and health. They are beautiful, colorful and fragrant.
Why do we make paper and fabric flowers? Natural flowers don't last forever and we want to ensure that we have this beauty surrounding us all the time.
Making fabric flowers is a great way of using up scraps and this way you can make a supply of floral embellishments which can be used in a number of different projects.These floral embellishments can be incorporated into fabric collages, can be used in fashion as brooches, bracelets and pendants and as embellishments on clothing and bags. They can also be used for scrapbooking, door wreaths, bouquets, wallart and floral embroidered hoops.They can be used in home décor, on pillows on dolls and on quilts.
You can use up very small remnants of fabric with very simple hand stitches to create beautiful flowers.
"She opened the box and tumbling out came all the flowers, Rose pink, soft purple, grey and sepia. Is there such a thing as a sepia flower, she wondered, but that was the color. Sepia the color of memories, oh so many memories..."