He explained that his wife was an avid quilter who loved working with purples and browns and that one of her favourite patterns was the 'Bear Tracks' block. So I got to work mapping out the pattern onto the wet clay,
and eventually used purple and amber as the main colours. These are not two colours I regularly put together and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked them.
As the recipient was a needlewoman, I added all the little touches, such as the thread detail, in toning colours,
and attached a handmade button whose surface pattern was made by impressing this metal bobbin into the clay (blurry photo, but you can see what I mean, I hope).
I then dispatched the finished piece which arrived on the lady's birthday and she was apparently absolutely delighted with her surprise present.