What a busy month I've had so far! I'm off to England next week so I've been really busy making stuff to take for birthday and Christmas presents. So here is a catch up of a few recent projects, but some will have to wait till later in the year!
Firstly this is the needlepainting I made of the sketch of the river at Chinon using organza, painted with acrylic inks for the water and in the trees.
In case you missed it here's the sketch that inspired the embroidery.
One day, sitting by the sea I was attracted by the different colours I could see in the water and when I came home I got out my fabric and yarns and stitched this little piece. I realised it was the perfect shape for a bookmark so I tidied up the edges and ironed on some backing, then gave it to Joanna who was staying at the time.
Since then I've made several and given them away as cards with a simple mount that allows the bookmark to be removed for use ( for those of us who still prefer paper to electronic books!)
My friend Luba has given me so much inspiration with the fabric samples from her time as a fashion director that I wanted to make something special to say thank you. I embroidered the picture while the lilies were in bloom and then bound it onto a notebook. She was delighted when I gave it to her last weekend.
Here is one of my lily sketches from last year. This year I sat by the pot, stitching and copying the shapes of the petals and adding the wasp when I realised that they were more attracted to the flowers than the bees were.
My lichen embroidery turned into a book cover too, a present for someone special.
I found a few scraps of this fun fabric from 'Get Cutie' in Brighton, part of the pack Justine gave me for my birthday.
I made them into a pencil case for Jimmy to go with the book I made for him in August.
Here's the book which he loved and drew lots of pictures in when he was here for a few days holiday.
And finally my new hat. No, I'm not planning to wear it in public, it's part of my fancy dress costume for Justine's party in November. The theme is games and I've chosen to go as the black queen chess piece, hopefully I'll have some photos to share with you when I come back home in a few weeks!
I've prepared my sketching kit and a few yarns and fabrics to be working on while I'm away and I'm even hoping I'll be able to pluck up the courage to do some embroidery on the train to Paris and then the Eurostar (with Justine's encouragement).