Some months ago (I know, I'm really tardy with this "swap"), a very special lady in Maine sent me the most exquisite machine-embroidered peacock. I agonized for months trying to figure out a proper response-in-kind. I knew I could never match her expertise, so I languished and let many other things get in my way, until...I am in awe of the delicate little violets which so bravely pop up in my lawn every Spring so I took a lesson from Georgia O'Keefe and "grew" (large enough so they can see) them in size on this design. I'm amazed that they show up in blue (which is good, too) because I embroidered them in a violet-red-wine-colored silk! The shading occurs from the direction of the needle I think. The leaves are silk as well. The "pot" (oh, what a mess!) is very pale violet/lavender, white and the metallic mother-of-pearl. Hope you all approve. Blessings, S.