When was I preparing for this years Alnmouth Arts Festival I wanted to include some more botanical designs, and with the hedgerows filled with cow parsley I didn't have to look far for inspiration.
To simplify the complexity of the flowers I printed out a photograph and drew in the main shapes, and highlighted particular flower heads that were prominent.
I then drew this out on paper to get a feel for the shape of the design, and also practised drawing the individual flower shapes a few times.
Then without marking the fabric it's over to the sewing machine, set up for free motion and draw with the needle.
So much fun!