5 for Autumn

5 for Autumn

Saturday, 14 October 2017

More work in the Autmn book.

 Although for me this is a wearying time of year, this work goes well maybe because it is small? My energy levels are low but creativity ideas bursting so maybe I just wear myself out! ( Both covers done now)
 Anyway this is the Autumn book so I will have a complete set of 4 for the exhibition in March.
 Spindle berries from Westonbirt Aboretum - the bright pink and orange berries clash in a most delightful way. No such thing as a clash in Nature anyway.
Crab apples underfoot on the local footpath amongst the leaf litter. All tiny pictures but could lead to something bigger.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Glos Guild at 51

 Taking over 4 pictures to the Guild at 51, Cheltenham today. Having a bit of a swap around, taking home some that have been there a while to keep it interesting for visitors.

 This beetle is unframed but all the others are framed and glazed with museum quality glass.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Cover for the Autumn book.

 This was a what if.... What if I take lots of scraps of autumnal scraps of fabric and stitched them together like leaf litter. Years ago I made some pieces like this with Indian scraps of sari cloth and stitched them kantha style.
I was pleased with how it turned out. Loving working with these colours and all the leaves and berries as inspiration.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sparrow in progress continued and Westonbirt Aboretum.

 Sparrow 2  ( Thurs)
 Sparrow 3 (Fri)
 And between sparrow stitches a walk at Westonbirt. Beautiful colours
 with poetry (unnamed) on banners around some of the trees.

A comma butterfly basking in the sunshine near the katsura tree that smells of burnt sugar this time of year. A day early for the exhibition in the Oak Hall, I will have to go back.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Sparrow in progress.

Loved this sparrow and had to start stitching it right away. 3ins square, background painted with silk dyes. Embroidery cotton, single thread.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Autumn book.

 Overheard Monday morning. ' Someone seems to have switched on Autumn.' It is colder, darker in the morning and the trees are changing colour. So I have started a new Autumn book. ( Although I still have the summer one to finish) I do like sparrows they are constant visitors at the bird cafe and on holiday I took pictures of a huge flock in a hedgerow by the sea.
 Yesterday on a walk; these crab apples underfoot,
 these collected to draw.
This is a button curtain I made in 2003 that I have had to say goodbye to. It was 2 pieces of silk chiffon machined together in a grid and I popped white buttons in every other square. I made it for an exhibition called Darn, hence the idea of warp and weft and some darning embroidery. I made tassels of buttons using soluble fabric for spots. It has hung in our window since the exhibition and gone yellow and got holes in. So now it has to go but I will save the buttons and the tassels.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Salcombe holiday 2

 The garden at Overbecks (N.T.) High up on the cliff is a tropical garden full of palm trees and things we couldn't possibly grow here.

 The rock formations were very interesting. I hope to use some of these in future work.
 Interesting colours and layers.
The strata here was vertical.
Here different textures within the green/grey. Always lots of inspiration for new work.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Salcombe Holiday.

 Back from our holiday in glorious Devon. Some wonderful beach walks and sunshine.
 Except when we went to Bigbury-on-sea to gaze at Burgh Island. Tide in and the sea tractor crossing.
 Tide going out and the causeway revealed. The surfers were enjoying the weather anyway.
 Back to blue sea and skies on the coastal path- walking towards Hope.
 Hope Cove.
 From the ferry to South Sands.
Salcombe from the ferry.

Friday, 22 September 2017


Autumn in the enormous field. Away for a bit now- going down to the sea.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

More work on the puffin page.

I am working in the bottom right hand corner of the puffin page.
 This is the whole thing, getting there now but still work on the left hand side to finish. It is slow work, I am finding it hard to hold, don't want to use an embroidery hoop for fear of damaging stitching and marking cloth.It is 2 layers of calico so firm enough for the embroidery but it has wrinkled a bit. Nothing is ever perfect.
 Started work on the pages of the summer book, banded wedge shells,
 limpet with barnacles,
puffin and tower shell.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Summer concertina sketchbook.

Now there is a gannet flying past on the Skomer page. The gannetry is on Grassholm another little island in the group off south west Wales, you can see it from Skomer. Stokholm is the third and if you like islands there are lovely books about Stokholm by Richard Lockley. I love gannets, the masked riders of the sky. Their dives are spectacular as they fold up like a fan and plummet into the sea.
This is an older piece from a few years back. We have seen them in Scotland and in the Scilly Isles. We saw them at a distance in Wales, easy to spot once you know their characteristic shape and black wing tips.

I have started a summer concertina book. The aim is to have one for each season and a box for each one. The summer one will have shells and sea birds on.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

puffin page- sea chamomile?

 I am working to finish the puffin page. The birds were nesting amongst a carpet of white daisies,
 that smelt like mayweed or chamomile but was larger than chamomile. I don't know what it is and couldn't find it in my plant books or on the Skomer website.
Anyone know?