Hedgerow harvest

Hedgerow harvest

Friday, 23 August 2019

Meditation circle - borders.

 Slowly putting in the borders on the meditation circle. There will be a circle in each corner, one for each season. Haven't worked out what is going in the rest of the border- maybe more circles? Have tried to get the borders straight! Much undoing. Need more tacking stitches I think.
This is Winter circle - same colours as the middle of the large circle. Turning cooler here in the mornings and evenings and with the Bank Holiday on Monday there is a definite turn of the seasons, as the children go back to school the following week. Have a good holiday weekend everyone, the weather is supposed to be warm and dry again.

Monday, 19 August 2019

Been to the seaside.

 Been away in Norfolk visiting family with our family. My daughter on the beach.
Glowering skies over the beach. Caught up with all my sisters and much fun was had with my little great neice especially on the beach! Back in the studio when I have caught up with the washing. I miss stitching when I am away- must be a 'stitchaholic'.

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Wild flowers of the Ridge.

 It's been a busy week with Hagis coming to stay. Lots of walks and play time because he does miss his family.
 Managed a little stitching on a long strip that records the flowers on the ridge I showed you last time. This is cushion calamint or wild basil and scabious next.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Rosebay or fireweed. Meditation circle.

 Here is the Rosebay Willowherb we were discussing. Such beautiful bright pink spikes. I have stitched it lots of times.
 I have gone back to my meditation piece to add the colours of summer. I have also made my border outline of a square.

Yesterday I put in blue sky and pink rosebay colours. It begins in the centre with winter colours and comes into spring greens. By the outside it will be Autumn and back to Winter for the border. Well that is the plan. These first 2 weeks of August are called dog days and the season does hang on the cusp at the moment. The fields are shorn and the sultriness pervades like time has stopped. First signs are peeping in like the brown withered seeds of the docks and the first thistles setting. There were goldfinch feeding on the thistle seed.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Perpetual journal July and the flowers of the Ridge.

 You have seen lots of these pages already but I thought I would show them together.

 I have started to look at the flowers that grow along a ridge in the middle of one of our nearby fields. It is a hayfield that cattle graze in at times but this ridge is always overgrown allowing wild flowers and insects to thrive. I started to make a list of the flowers growing there. Of course it changes during the year and it seems year to year because I wrote a list in July 2016 and no rosebay willowherb this year.
 It is covered in the pink and white discs of field bindweed and the wind ripples through the grasses like seaweed in the water. Hoping to make some embroideries from this work. Starting gently with drawing the flowers in my journal. We have Haggis the dog for the next 12 days so more walks to help with the observatio.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Early work and stitch samples.

 Still going through all my stitch sampler files, shoe boxes and suitcases full of stuff. So much stuff! I kept everything when I was teaching embroidery in case I needed it for workshops. This dandelion garden is an early piece.
unfinished canvaswork angels.
 Stitch samples.
 I would like to make some cushions with these as centres.

Machine embroidery whorls.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Elemental at Cotswold Sculpture Park.

 Tp celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary and to complete a trio of sculpture gardens we went to the Cotswold Sculpture park in Somerford Keynes.This one is set in woodland and has a surprise around every corner.

 The Comma butterfly liked the warmth on the elbow of this bronze.

 A bit of an 'ah' moment by the labradors.

A huge mixture of exhibits from the quirky to the realistic. Again lovely cafe, coffee and cake. It doesn't take all day but allow a couple of hours if you want to take it all in.

Friday, 19 July 2019

New carpet and re-living old pieces of work.

 I am having such a sort out and chuck out! The room is painted and the new carpet went down. I have been through all my books - more for the charity shop - Alan is refitting the book shelves. I have been through so many files of old teaching notes and even my City and Guild Embroidery Files (I studied part one and two from 1986-1991) So it has been a trip down memory lane. This is a quilt I made in 1991 when I got glandular fever that led to my M.E. I couldn't do anything except sit in bed and stitch a bit. I could never sell it because it holds that memory. You can do something despite the odds. (The see-saw was well and truly down Fiona)

 It is painted silk with wax resist and all hand stitched kantha style.
I also found the artwork that began the piece. Still lots more sorting out to do.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019


 Betony added to the perpetual journal. Photographed in an empty studio. We have now got to the painting of the walls stage. But we did take a morning off to have a walk at Westonbirt Aboretum and enjoy the trees, wild flowers and butterflies. Marbled Whites liked the Betony. A new flower for me so good to draw and learn. It was a great medicinal herb. Back to the decorating now.

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Perpetual journal.

 The weather is warm and heavy. No rain for several weeks so the veg gardening is suffering, but lots of flowers in the fields, verges and garden. I decided to make my perpetual journal into 2 books from Jan- June and July-Dec. So I have stitched together and bound the first volume (not very professionally but it is only for me!) Now I have cut the next leaves and started on the July pages.
These poppies self seed themselves all over the garden. They are large and gorgeous. The heads as beautiful as the flowers.In the studio I am having a massive clear out and tidy up because I have a break in work now the exhibition at Quenington is finished. I really miss stitching but it has to be done now and tidying and chucking out is very satisfying.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

veg plot framed and the Rococo Gardens at Painswick.

 The computer has had a massive overhaul and is all better! So normal service is resumed, if only humans could be mended as easily. Above is the veg plot in its splendid box frame ready for Grow Your Own at the Guild next month.Below are pictures of the Rococo Gardens at Painswick. Today is the last day over at Quenington and if you enjoyed that, you will love this garden complete with garden buildings, maze and pigeon house. It is a huge garden set in a valley with sculpture trail for this summer. If you can't get there here are some pictures to give you a flavour.