This was such a broad theme to work with. I had so many ideas at the beginning but eventually decided that I needed something that could satisfy my scientific leanings. This lead me to look at water molecules and from there it was an easy jump to crystals and snowflakes. The structure of a snowflake is built (usually) on a hexagonal basic unit, the crystal developing in 6 directions with more or less identical patterns.
My design is based on a photomicrograph of an actual snowflake. I have used stencilling to get the shapes onto the fabric, two silver negatives, and one white positive from the same template. I have then added lots of stitching by machine and by hand using silver metallic thread and white cotton.
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