When I come upon a species I haven't seen before, I can't help it- I've got to research it. I've often got the latest crush on my kitchen counter available for viewing every time I walk by. I obsess until I've figured out for myself what sets that particular flower apart from all it's other cousins in the flower world.
And so it was with the King Protea. The first time I saw one in person was at Whole Foods. (FYI, Whole Foods has an amazing floral section- I often go just to snap pics. And yes, they know me and think I'm nuts.)
So according to my research, King Protea are native to South Africa. My sources say they are the national flower. I like to imagine that there are fields of King Protea just covering the countryside like the poppies in the Wizard of Oz. Ok, that's probably an exaggeration, but hey, a girl can dream!
So after much thought, I decided that the King Protea has the following distinguishing features-
- A velvety, cone shaped center (you could use velvet, minkee fabric, or velour)
- A couple of layers of delicately shaded, pointy petals (mmmm, I'm thinking ombre fabric…)
- 6 inches across or larger (go big or go home.)
Fast forward through the mental gymnastics how to make this happen in fabric, and boom, The Protea Pincushion Pattern! :
I like to add beads to the inner petal tips. Little crystal ones look kind of like dew drops, don't you think?
The Accuquilt peeps were kind enough to send me the Accuquilt Go to check out. This is the one I have:
Want your own die cutter? Want to check out the gazillions of dies available? Hop on over to Accuquilt.
I love this gadget so much that I will be editing past (and future!) patterns with optional die cut instructions!!
Want your own Protea Pincushion Pattern? Go here :)
Happy flower crafting!