As far back as I can remember myself, lily of the valley was always my favourite flower. Every year I waited impatiently for the spring to come so I could enjoy this delicate, beautiful flower, its unique sweet lovely scent and enjoy the white pearly drops shyly hidden among large green leaves for a quite short time. During cold long winters I missed that flower so much, that I even grew it in a pot at home. It bloomed in December. Just a single leaf and a single stem with a few flowers but even a few tiny flowers were enough to produce its beautiful scents.
I started my ATC with silk ribbons of different width in green and white colours. First I embroidered the leaves, then the steams, then flowers and finished it off with a small patch of moss. Making moss was a lot of fun. I used a small piece of white silk chiffon that I dyed with brown and green ink. After folding the piece in half, I used a pair of slightly opened embroidery scissors to fray the edges.
Around the card, I added a very delicate frame of backstitch in a pale yellow embroidery floss, just like the first rays of spring Sun.
The card is ready to be sent away to my secret partner. I hope it won't get lost on its way just like the card made for the Christmas swap. The funny thing was that once I realised that the card was lost, I made exactly the same one for Carole and sent it to her again. But a few months later, not long ago, I received the first card, it travelled all the way back from France because it didn't reach the recipient because of a small mistake in the address. So off I go to the post office with a hope that the card won't get lost and that my partner likes what I have made. Larisa xox