I realised I must finish this piece first because it will need framing for November. So full steam ahead with renewed vigour to get this work done. Now is the season of change- the hedgerows are full of berries and seed heads. I also realised this morning it is 30 years since I began my City and Guilds Embroidery Course and began a change from infant teaching to stitching. I started at The Rowans in Cheltenham College with Maureen Pallister as a tutor. We began with learning all the stitch families and had to produce masses of samplers. This thistle head is straight stitch using silk, brushed out to fluff it up and a few fly stitches.