Have you taken a look in my shop lately?
I’m always ricocheting between my love of painting and my passion for stitch. There are never enough hours in the day for it all, especially when the fabrics are slow stitched by hand or the paintings involve many layers of translucent glazes. Let’s just say, I’m never at a loss for something to occupy my time! We’ve recently added a short course about the potential of simple running stitch to our designmatterstv site and I thought if you hadn’t seen that you might like to see a landscape I worked with the techniques. It’s a lovely rhythmical way to sew and the subtle colour changes are so beautiful. I think it’s a perfect activity for stress busting!
I love to sit and sew in the garden whenever I can and often the plants and wildlife I see there become my inspiration. Today was a perfect 25C and sunny so I took advantage of the opportunity to mount two appliquéd and embroidered pieces onto box panels ready for display. They are really heavily stitched and I’ve loved combining the slow hand stitching with free motion machine quilting too. I’ve added them to my online shop if you’d like to see more images or think you might like to find them a new home!
Now, after all that stitching, it might be time to get the paints out for a change. The green woodpecker is acrylic on a wooden panel but I’m in the mood for some lovely watercolour now – maybe a few of the lilies that are just opening today will feature – I’ll let you know how it goes!
Bye for now,