It was a very odd moment going to into the Museum Gardens in York on Saturday and seeing real alliums!
I’d forgotten how much more purple
some of them are.
For the third allium piece I decided to use the other allium design from Janet Haigh’s book but this one is a lot smaller – the whole thing is only 2 inches square.
It’s stitched onto a scrap of green silk and backed with a stiff pink cotton using single strands of very fine weight space dyed silk thread. Stef Francis I think, but I’m not sure.
I love silk in all its forms and the majority of fabric and thread on all the allium pieces are silk. It gives a softness and lustre like nothing else.
I’m really pleased with the effect of the green stems showing through the flower heads but it was a challenge to fill all the spaces without being too regular and making it look artificial.