The third bird on this long piece is a goldfinch. They are so delightful to watch on the bird feeders ( nyjer and sunflower seeds) They sit either side of a feeder like love birds or colourful clowns with their white buttons on black, down their backs. A group of them is a charm of goldfinches. It is time to get this winter piece finished as all the spring flowers are now appearing.
Snowdrops at Newark Park, Ozleworth, Glos. Our area is a good place to see banks of snowdrops carpeting the ground. The daffodils will be hot on their heels with primroses and crocus. A blackbird sang the dawn chorus this morning. Yesterday I started a big clear out- well you actually have to do some spring cleaning before you can say, ' Hang spring cleaning!' ( mole in Wind in the Willows) So I'd better get out the vacuum cleaner and dusters.
Building up the stitches - because it is such a slow process there is plenty of time to consider and refine - that is take out stitches and try again. It is cold and grey here so good to get some colour in.
Rather dark this morning so not a good photo but finished for now. Well it needs to rest while I turn my attention elsewhere and then come back fresh to it. I haven't finished the tree bark yet. It looks good on the garden bench with wood behind. I shall remember that when I photograph again.
Printing stitches- I made some stitches into a strip of printing foam board, (but cardboard would have worked as well) and printed with it. Herringbone for a travelling stitch. Interesting expressive marks with my invented loop stitch. First one is on fabric others on paper. I went to the costume museum in Bath on Sunday and liked the blackwork on the shirts best, hence black and white. Perhaps try white paint on black paper next? Just playing to see what happens if.................
Making progress and a tumble of threads. Not everything goes to plan- stitches are put in and pulled out. Things drawn and rubbed out. I want the background neutral in grey and a little silver. I think the bird in the middle too much so that may go.