This piece has had more unmaking than making. You saw it last with circles on. I took those off because each little blue square was a little landscape and I wanted to stitch into those. The machine stitching was also wrong so that came off too.
I have started to hand stitch it now because last week I had a cold and wanted something to quietly work on. It may get no further, it may get some colour stitches in. The sea blues need to be stronger. Maybe more dye, maybe the circles go back in but in stitch, definitely more borders. All these decisions to make it right, make it what I am trying to say.
Preparation for the workshop on Friday. It is only 2 hours so the cases are prepared ready for the embroidery. The kit will cost £6 but comes with everything included - needles, scissors, threads- choose your own colours. There will be a pocket in the felt lining for the spotty scissors. It will come with instructions and stitch diagrams. Whew! Lots of work .www.sitselect.org/showcase/showcaseworkshops.html
Taking inspiration from the St Ives circles and my circle stitches design, I decided to try it out in patchwork on a larger scale. This 9 patch is 21cm square. I am thinking about how to quilt the piece now.
This is the first circle on my new sampler. It is preparation for my 2 hour SIT Select Showcase workshop Oct 23rd at Cheltenham Town Hall. So I am researching circular stitches. I have appliqued silk circles onto white cotton within a couched thread grid. Sampler is 20cmx20cm- each square 5cm- 4 rows by 4. This first row is based on stitches with spokes of a wheel, this one is back stitched spiders web. I was going to put seeding stitches all over the background but may leave it half like this- some more consideration needed. The beauty of hand stitching is the time for consideration. I need to do one circle every day at least if I am to finish it in time. Better get stitching.
The first meeting at Newark Park to discuss the next Brunel Broderers Exhibition there June 8th- July 11th 2016. It was built as a Tudor hunting lodge so I am researching birds of prey seen there now and birds that would have been used for falconry in Tudor times. This is the start of a new sketchbook. The weather was glorious and I sat on the terrace to draw the view. The Tudors weren't interested in the view they built the lodge to watch the hunt from the roof and feast on the venison etc from the hunt.
I am putting together a holiday sketchbook of St Ives. I didn't do much drawing while away but it is all in my head mulling around. This time I am stitching in postcards, gallery leaflets, photos and any other collected material so I can use it for inspiration at any time.
Yesterday I had a good time splashing around paint and making feather prints. I am working on the pages separately then stitching a few together when they are completed.