The next door neighbor's hundred-year-old camellia trees are in full bloom and look magnificent.  I'm about to sneak over and clip a spray for the table.  While I'm committing neighborly depradations, here are a few of our finished camellias that will help embellish the collection.  The petals are made from a variety of silk fabrics (chiffon, habotai, organza, and crepe) and goat leather.  For each petal, two layers of fabric are stitched, trimmed, turned, and carefully pressed and steamed into shape.  They are then individually hand-stitched into place to create the finished flower.  The center knots are made from our own silk and wool cording.

Camellias of silk, goat leather, and wool.  Photo 2013