Hedgerow harvest

Hedgerow harvest

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Winter cloth - meditation and slow stitch.

This piece, that I have named winter cloth, is the next in series from the cycle of the seasons cloth. I have stopped work on that until the spring comes and I can consider spring colours. So this is slow, quiet stitching enjoying the textures created by the rippling effect of the quilting on silk. There is winter sunshine and bare twigs and branches.I think all hand stitching is slow stitching but these repetitions are calming.Not that the design has come easily, it never does, but the stitching itself is soothing.

Thursday, 16 January 2020


 January- a time of dark,cold and illnesses. Been feeling tired all the time and aching in all my muscles. Just a time to take comfort in small things. Tea in your favourite mug, spring bulbs beginning to emerge and a little bit of stitching.
 At Westonbirt Aboretum the witch hazel is in flower and while we were looking at it, a tiny goldcrest came and flitted in and out- too quick for my camera but a real pleasure.
 We hit the jackpot at the bird hide at Westonbirt too. They had just been fed and there were dozens of small birds, a woodpecker and this jay. All you get is reflections in the photos but this gives you an idea. My colourful mittens featured in the top left reflection!
 We have been enjoying Alans Christmas present a wildlife camera - triggered by movement. Here is a fox.
Not sure if this will work on blogger but worth a try. Just keep your spirits up for a little longer and spring will be here.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

New work at The Glos Guild of Craftsmen.

These pieces are now at The Guild at 51 in Cheltenham. I am starting some new work tentatively, will see what happens!

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Dec perpetual journal.

 Happy New Year to you all! Wishing you a happy, healthy, creative and safe 2020. These are my Dec journal pages. Today I am opening Volume One again to add to last years January pages, which is very exciting. The weather is dull and grey but I am hoping for some stitching time and drawing time ahead. Wishing for some better news from Australia in the days ahead, wish you could have some rain. Keep safe. Love to all.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Stitched Little bird to say Merry Christmas.

This is my Christmas card for this year. Little bird says Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all. Thank you for following or looking in at this blog from time to time. Hope you enjoy the holiday and have a relaxed, peaceful time with family and friends.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Falling leaves.

 I have been struggling on with this piece of falling leaves. Back and front shown here. whew too much stitching for one small piece and I should not have put so much on the background so now I am taking some out. It is a reminder to work all over a piece rather than finish one section at a time. Richard Box said on a workshop years ago - you wouldn't finish the eye on a whole body portrait and then go on to the head body, arms etc. work it all up together. So looking at this small piece I can see so much wrong with it. Better leave it for a bit I think and come back after Christmas with fresh eyes.
Dark,wet days here- to cheer myself up I have been working on my meditation circle and back to winter colours and border circles. These are lovely to do because the cloth changes under my fingers as the small circle is worked. The colours are restrained but that is lovely too. And I am getting into the corners of the large circle back to the winter colours. I have taken out stitching on this piece too- some of the heavier wool - it is better in silk and cottons. Hope to get the bottom border done and start thinking about Spring.
I hope your Christmas preparations are going well, it all gets a little crazy and I am waiting for that big hush when it all settles down and there is time and space to relax. Shortest day soon and then we turn the corner.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

The Avening Little Book of Baking on Radio Gloucester.

 On Sat 14th Dec at 10.10am I am going, with other contributers, to be on our local Radio Glos talking to Faye Hatcher about the Little Book of Baking. Sales are going well.