5 for Autumn

5 for Autumn

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Winter into Spring- birds fly in.

 Wrong time of year I know but .............. the swallows fly into Spring.
 Winter end.
 Middle,
Spring end. I have spent days on these tiny birds. They are a symbol of hope flying into the spring, migratory creatures flying in from warmer climes. I love our different seasons but the Winter can be long wet, cold and gloomy and the birds and splash of colour signals summer to come.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Machine Embroidery for cushions.

 2 pieces of embroidery that my sister, Jill, has made into cushions for me. I must have made these pieces 15 or 16 years ago and they have been in a suitcase for all those years waiting to have their day. She has given them life and colour.


Taken on a very cold and frosty morning but they had to be outside for the best light. Free machine embroidery with applique using various fabrics- felt, silk, shiny organza etc.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Stitching in the shadows.

 Hours later, more stitches, slow progress, working on the Winter end.
Stitches now spilling onto the background silk and french knot drifting into the branches.
A strip of calico painted with gesso or white acrylic paint to prepare ( it is stiff but I can still stitch into it), then mixed media- silk dyes, water colour paint, water soluble crayons and hand stitched with a variety of threads. Appliqued onto a white silk background. Painted strip is 14 inches x 4 ins. I am working it stretched onto a wooden frame.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Patches of colour between the trees.

Slowly adding hand stitching, enjoying the colours and ripples of shade and light between the trees.
Brighter Spring colours on the right, colder Winter colours on the left. The long thin format creates a story line. The slow change of the seasons.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Winter into Spring.

 Early morning in the studio, a tangle of threads and 'Winter into Spring' on the worktop. Misty morning. I have dangling bits of glass in the windows to try to stop the birds flying into the glass- always distressing.
Trying some stitches on this piece to see if they work. I painted this in March so about time I got down to working on it. Note my daylight lamp next to it, very necessary now and good to sit by for extra light ( especially if you get S.A.D. this time of year.)

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Redwing in progress.

 My next bird is a redwing. Painted onto calico that already had some splodges of colour on because it is the back of a painting that wasn't successful.
 I put on some twigs with machine embroidery. Lots here to hand stitch.
 The redwings ( and fieldfares) come over here for the milder Winters and the berries.
 We see them passing overhead this time of the year and in mixed flocks in the fields, very occasionally in the garden on the fallen apples I put out. Not very many apples this year, I dare not tell the blackbirds. Last year we had enough stored to last all Winter. Well I can always buy them some.
This is a new printing block that I bought in May and have only just tried out. I love the pattern, so simple and so effective. I bought because it reminded me of the gate posts at Newark Park. I have printed a long strip to stitch as a quiet meditation piece.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Autumn book finished!



This has been a good week for finishing things. If only I could keep that momentum! It has been a quiet week so I have been able to get on and make decisions and make progress. Sometimes other stuff gets in the way. That other stuff is normal life! We need some publicity shots for the exhibition in March and that helps to concentrate the mind on what is going to be shown.