Here is Mary Anne’s interpretation of the May-June theme:

In Mary Anne’s words:

I tried some “flower pounding” this time. I had grape hyacinths in the garden and so using them and some other fleshy leaves I pounded the fresh flowers on to some linen, using parchment paper between the hammer and the linen. The colour changed somewhat with drying (I read afterwards that there were other suggested preparations for the fabric, but I was in one of my usual impulsive moods.) The foliage was largely by machine stitching using variegated thread and then I concentrated on the lilacs as they were easy to interpret with French knots. The background was machine stitched in lines and highlighted using watercolour pencils.

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