Hedgerow harvest

Hedgerow harvest

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Knitted squares blanket.

 I have been knitting this for months and months. I used up all my oddments of 4 ply, left over from knitting mittens and an odd pair of socks. I bought a few extra balls and luckily found a stash in a charity shop. It is a mitred square pattern where you pick up stitches from the previous square so no tedious stitching together of patches. You decrease down the middle of the row. Difficult to explain but plenty of instructions on u-tube etc. It is so comforting to knit.
I will use it as a studio blanket over my knees or round my shoulders on those chilly days. Like today. Woke up to snow! Very early for snow here. Turned very slushy now. We Brits love to talk about our weather. How can anyone deny climate change? As Beth would say-'don't get me started'

Monday, 11 November 2019

Garden bird - great tit- in stitch

 The cold weather has bought the birds back to the garden bird feeders- yes the bird cafe is busy with visitors! Great tits and blue tits are present all day so my next new piece features a great tit. Hoping to use this as a Christmas card which means getting on speedily. Well there is always next year if it takes too long!

Friday, 8 November 2019

meditation words finished.

 All finished and it's going on my studio wall. It helped me concentrate in yoga on Wednesday. All the words are prompts to help me relax my muscles and calm my mind. So I can't touch my toes but I can try to relax fully and find a quiet mind.
The central image is a visual unwind message. The final word a promt to let go all the tension in my face ( I really have to nag myself to relax those jaw muscles!) and then the smile appears inside and out. It is a nice format and hope to do some more pieces this shape and size.

Monday, 4 November 2019

stitched meditation.

 I began a new piece of work at the weekend - a kind of spin off or second piece to my large meditation circle. I have been trying to think of what to do in the borders of this large piece and had an idea of words that calm the mind. I decided to make a small piece just for myself. So I have been thinking of a series of words that could take me into a peaceful place. (Like at the end of yoga in corpse pose) Choosing quiet and gentle colours. Not sure if the stitching is working but hurray that stitches can be undone if I change my mind.
 I thought I would stitch a word each day and think deeply about that word throughout the day. Difficult to choose just a few words but some trigger a response more than others. I wonder what your words would be?
Yesterday morning - a walk to Cherington pond. Calm and serene with autumn colours. (also very damp and muddy!)

Friday, 1 November 2019

october perpetual journal.

Here are the entries for October in my perpetual journal. I have put all the pages together and will now make the cover. This is volume 2. Just 2 volumes and I realised I needed an inventory in the back of each because I forget what I have drawn! Also if I need to look things up for reference. Amazing that in 2 more months I will be coming around to Jan again.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Cards and berries.

 Finished cards - Merlin, landscape, swan, pebbles, dahlia monoprint and squiggle monoprint.

And those blue berries with pink petals are Harlequin Glorybower. What a name! Clerodendrum trichotomum. E and S Asis. Westonbirt Aboretum. There are other varieties . See yesterdays photo.

Monday, 28 October 2019

Card making and autumn colour at Westonbirt Aboretum.

I have finished all the recipe book illustrations so I am card making. That means I get out the box where I put all the unfinished bits of embroidery and samples and make them into cards. I sell them in the Guild at fiftyone for £10 each. Steep for a card but if someone framed them, excellent value for a little picture. They also fill that gap between sending someone a present or a card. A bit more special and you can put them in the post. They need a bit of finishing off and presenting nicely so I find something good on the radio to listen to and buckle down.
 We have had our first frost but yesterday was spectacular at Westonbirt Aboretum. We went early - the hour change helped. By the time we left there were queques to get in - everyone else had the same idea. The car tail back on the road went on for a couple of miles. These berries above will feature in the perpetual journal. Liz Brooke-Ward was showing her amazing embroidery in the oak hall. If you don't know her work, look up~ mylittledoglovesme~ on Instagram.

Monday, 21 October 2019

David Nash at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.

 We went down to Eastbourne for a few days last week to visit my aunt and went to the Towner gallery to see the work of David Nash, I knew of his circle of growing trees that interlink and have grown to form a dome but not seen anything else. We both loved the exhibition and could have stayed longer to see the film several times over. The film showed an enormous wood boulder left in a stream in Waies, filmed over years to see its gradual erosion and journey.

 Pieces ranged from the monolithic to the intimate.

Loved this map too, showing his surroundings as words and personal observations.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Cheese scone in stitch!

 My latest illustration for the recipe book. I use recipes I learnt from my mother. This one is Clares mums recipe written on a tatty piece of paper she says with added tips and crossings out.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

More cakes and 2 days out.

 I have been getting on with the cake illustrations. They want 5 textile pieces and this is the third.
 Chocolate cake.
 Polenta cake
 Apricot tea bread.
 Trying to prolong our holiday feeling and make the most of the Autumn sunshine between rainfall, we have had a couple of NT days out. This is Dryham Park, near Bath. It is being used in 'Sanditon' as the wealthy lady's house but with the Bath backdrop painted out and sea added behind, which makes us laugh!
 Look for the deer on the skyline.
 And back to our local house Newark Park because the cyclamen spreading under the horse chesnut trees are amazing. An American took over the house when it was falling to pieces and saved it. He was a keen gardener too and planted lots of trees and bulbs. Now the National Trust look after it and an army of volunteers care for the beautiful gardens.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Perpetual Journal Sept 2019.

 These are my pages from Sept in my perpetual journal. Can you believe it is October already? This morning is our first cool morning and these pictures show a change in the season. I think it may have stopped raining too- first for days. Enjoy the Autumn sunshine everyone!