As most of you probably know already we live in a seaside resort on the north Brittany coast and this is the best place to spend the summer holiday months with all the festivals and fireworks going on every week somewhere or other.
I was sitting on the beach one day gazing at all the beautiful blues in the sea and realised I had most of the colours in my yarn and embroidery thread collection so I set to and made a few of these long narrow pictures. The thicker yarns I couched onto the linen background as they were too thick to stitch with and I especially enjoyed sculpting the clouds and waves with a fluffy white wool.
What to make of them? A perfect shape for a bookmark so I gave a couple away and turned the rest into cards with a slot at the top so the fabric can be easily taken out to use in a 'proper' book!
A friend came round to 'play' one afternoon bringing some of her fabric scraps and we set to with yarns and threads. This is my effort and I'm still waiting to see Julie's when she comes back from a trip to England.
The lilies in the garden came into flower again in July, delighting me with their wonderful fragrance. I was interested to see that the white ones particularly attracted wasps rather than bees and added one to this needlepainting I did using some crinkly cotton. What a lovely afternoon I had sitting by the flowers, stitching and breathing in their perfume.
My granddaughter Sarah got her exam results during the holidays and I stitched another of my sun prints for her as a congratulation card.
What could be nicer than sitting in the shade of the parasol on a warm afternoon, stitching a portrait of my darling sister Rosi. This is from a photo from 1979.
Mum got the same treatment too, a copy of a sketch of a 1985 photo where I pushed the colours a bit!
This is the start of the embroidered portrait quilt project I want to make over the next 2 years to celebrate the life and family of my mother who was born in 1919.