... in fact it has turned into two projects. The smaller design will be perfect for my 2 day class later in the year and participants should be able to almost finish it in that time. I prefer that people leave my classes with so little left to do on their projects that they are able to finish it comfortably. If anyone prefer to do a larger project - well that option is there too.
The unopened flowers were a bit trickier to get get right. For an introduction class, needle-weaving will provide a semi detached petal that is not too difficult to stitch. A single strand of silk proved to be much too fine and didn't give the petals enough body and lift - they just sit flat and a bit limp looking against the fabric. I had a go with a perle silk (the purple one in the picture) - it looks great, but is not easy to handle.
Perhaps two strands of silk over spokes of perle 12 will do the trick? Any ideas anyone? I will let you know how it goes.
Hope you are enjoying a lovely Mother's day and getting spoiled as you deserve,