Mine certainly had a happy beginning, because I finally managed to get my grey piece done.
Grey is definitely a challenge for me, being a color I would never choose on my own. But I did not need to stretch too far out of my comfort zone doing this one, since I am working on a monochrome series which includes spirals and insects. The spirals representing the ongoing repetition of life and the insects being the most successful species on earth conquering life's challenges.
But - just to add a new element - I did incorporate hand applique this time, which I have never done before in this series.The silk fabric is really a grateful fabric when it comes to hand applique, the stitches just seam to disappear on their own.
The monarch butterfly is machine embroidered with it's wings added as 3-D features. The pattern is a design I digitized according to my own pattern.