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Behind the Scenes : Our May Cover

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The cover of our May issue, shot by Ditte Isager, features two projects from our poppies story from the issue, which was a big collaboration between our crafts, style, garden, and food departments. Our idea was to take inspiration from the many varieties of poppies—Oriental, which includes an unbelievable range of colors and types, most of which have black or brown centers; and Icelandic, which are somewhat smaller and have white and pale-green centers. Poppies are my favorite flower of early summer, and I loved developing these crafts—I tried to keep the projects simple but also closely inspired by the real thing. Below are how-to images for the two techniques on the cover, block-printed table linens and handmade silk poppies. The printing technique is similar to this one, but even simpler because instead of hand-carved blocks, it uses kids' craft foam cut with scissors, and clear Plexiglas blocks for easy printing, no registration needed. I love how the print retains the brushstrokes and looks so much like real poppy petals.


The silk poppies are made with lengths of raw-edged dupioni silks, and bits of trim and colored buttons, intended to mimic the beautiful centers of the real flowers. You can see more of the story here—and the entire May issue is available on the iPad.

Comments (5)

  • I was reading this at the library the other day, and I loved the paper poppies! (about the only kind of poppy you'll see around here--South Dakota--they don't weather traveling here very well...)

    But even more so, I am *loving* the new banner for this blog! I love that you change it every so often!

    amy @ glass confetti

  • this is just sooooo gorgeous. you clever ducks

  • [...] The Crafts Dept. [...]

  • I LOVE it!! its so cute.I would love to make my mother one of this for Mother's Day!!!

  • [...] so love Athena’s Poppy story from this month’s issue of Living. Her recent post on how to make the beautiful silk interpretations (the same that grace our blog header) got me [...]

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