A braided stem supports the beautiful topiary and the silver-gilt pot is decorated with a diaper pattern couched over gold and silver Japanese metallic thread.
I chose my palette to express the re-emergence of life we experience each spring. The greens of the leaves are pale and bright; they represent the bursting forth of new foliage from the ea5rth and from the tree limbs themselves. The pinks and lavenders are so typical of the flowers of spring; likewise the myriad of violets and lavenders echo the Lenten season preceding the joy of Easter, the Christian feast which also signifies re-birth. The pansies are for thoughts and sentiments—a special flower that gladdens our eyes and our hearts all year round, but particularly in the spring.
Spring Topiary is stitched on a pale pink congress cloth and is worked in a variety of silks, overdyed cottons, novelty threads and metallic braids.
Techniques include long and short stitch, diaper pattern couching, and the very intriguing lazy daisy plus bullion stitch.