Acres of blue sky…

It was such a lovely morning today, so before starting to stitch I went for a walk with a friend in the sunshine (observing blue sky for research😊) Lots of chat, fresh air, exercise and a cappuccino set me up nicely for a day in the attic – and we saw one of these too –  

  a tree creeper doing what it does best!

I had to decide how to work on the three pieces before I started work this morning – would I continue working down the first panel to get all the colours blocked in before adding further stitch detail? Or  should I complete all of the sky across the three sections before continuing to work across all three panels to block in the colours? 

Weighing sense of completion, against colour cohesion, I went for the latter – it would have been terrible to run out of the turquoise pieces I’m using in the sky because I’d used it some where else! 

So, sew 😄 several hours later the sky is all ‘blued’. 

I wouldn’t like to count the number of small patches I’ve ironed and stitched into place today – but I do now have a new stitching technique- the panel is so big I’ve been standing up to machine it! 

I think I made the right choice as this is all that’s left of two particularly ‘sky-ish’ spiral dyed pieces!

I’m off to Gallery 45 in Felton tomorrow for the Meet The Maker event – so if you fancy a trip to the countryside – and some lovely cake😄 come along and say hello!

See you soon!

Published by Donna Cheshire Textiles

I am a professional textile artist specializing in Appliqué and Free Motion machine stitching. In order to create a unique colour palette, I hand dye my own fabrics and then use these to create the landscapes and coastal scenes recorded in my sketchbook. I often incorporate recycled or vintage fabrics in my work - they add meaning to the story the work is telling. I love being so close to the Northumbrian coast and countryside and I especially like taking time walk and draw these stunning landscapes

5 thoughts on “Acres of blue sky…

      1. Lovely to hear from you, Donna. The textile art scene here is small, but vibrant. I think it received a real filip when Alyson Midgelow-Marsden migrated to NZ. I belong to the Auckland Embroiderers’ Guild. There are a few of us there who like to dabble with mixed media. I personally am limited by lack of space and lack of funds but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate other’s work! I also am fortunate that I volunteer in an op shop – I think you call them charity shops? – for the church I used to go to. I ask them to give me old linens which are foxed. The laces can be removed and dyed. I look after the bric a brac and sometimes get inspiration from stuff which would otherwise be thrown out…but that limited space limits what I can make use of!


      2. Sounds great:) I looked up Alyson’s work – it’s lovely. Op’ Shop /charity shops are a great resource aren’t they? There’s something lovely about the feel of old linens. My mum volunteers in one and keeps an eye out for things I might be able to use!
        Keep dabbling with the mixed media!


    1. It’s brilliant to be able to see the progress of the My Journey panels, like having a peep through the keyhole! It is looking amazing already, i’m really excited.

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