Violets in place

Back view of the Clump of Violets. It's a rther messy  tangle of stitches folded over a bit of felt padding

When I looked again at the back of the Clump, or Mat, of violets, it became clear to me why it hadn’t followed the contours of the little pot I’d made. The padding is much too broad, and much too inflexible. It was a sensible choice to do this when I was planning to include the Violets among the spots on the main panels, but when I began to look at assembling them, the Violets and the Daisy Beads drew closer together and started to look somewhat askance at the rest of what I planned.

Close up of the gap left by escaping leaves

I began to undo the padding, and found the whole mat disintegrating on me (not really a surprise), so I went back to the beginning. I made another piece of painted calico, redesigned the pattern of my Mat, pierced holes in the new calico and began to reassemble the whole thing, with only one small piece of felt to pad it, and some extra stitching to entangle the “legs” of my petals and leaves.

I had forgotten how many extra fingers and hands that process had required the first time around.

I got there in the end, I think we can say!


  1. Sue Jones says:

    That does look a fiddly, awkward task. But the finished pot looks so very much happier. And I am sure you are, too!

  2. Karen says:

    Sometimes a remake is the best solution, though it does make your heart sink… but well worth the effort, the finished violets look lovely.

  3. They look very fine indeed, you must feel deeply satisfied after so many adventures in getting these to look Just Right.

  4. Lin says:

    They do curve round beautifully now

  5. Excellent work! The violets must be happy with the TLC of your green fingers.

  6. Alex Hall says:

    More than ‘got there’, I’d have said they successfully triumphed! They have a wonderfully natural green and growing look to them now, so a huge success.

  7. Linda says:

    I think you did get there in the end, well done.

  8. Jillayne says:

    I think we can safely say that – it looks wonderful! You sure have “sticktoitiveness”! Truly though, well done. So often I have to work at something 2 – 3 times before I work out all the kinks and get the result I’m after.