As winter draws to a close, I can hardly wait for the spring bulbs to bring colour back to the gtarden. While I eagerly anticipate the snowdrops, daffodiles and tulips, there is one delight that I ofter forget. Even before the snowdrops have completed the opening act, in the first breath of warm sunshine, small hummocks of species crocus burst open and turn their saffron centres to face the sun.
For this page, I adapted the technique learnt at the Kathleen Laurel Sage workshop. I used tiny pieces of organza, sandwiched between two pieces of organza. The pieces where arranged to create the shading. I stitched over the entire design with a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to secure the pieces. I then outlined my design with free machine embroidery using a metalic thread and cut away the void areas.
The sepals are needle woven picots made from hand twisted silk and the orange centres are a single turkey stitch using several strands of flat silk.
I had great fun creating these pages but they were suprisingly time consuming.