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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!

Autumn Colours 

  
It’s been good to get back to some stitching this week. Been busy with family things like sick bugs and birthdays! 

A new small piece I’m working on, it’s inspired by a sketch of the Northumbrian landscape. It’s changing as I work on it though. As I cycled through the parks this morning I got inspired by the beautiful autumn colours so I’m going to add leaves in those golden green shades to the trees on the ridge. 

I’ve layered up the background and now I’m working in the details. The clouds are needle felted and stitched, still love that effect. The fields are appliqué with hand dyed fabrics. I’ll add texture with stitch and paint. I’ve got a few of these rustic box frames to use. I think they compliment the raw edges of torn fabric, so I’m going to leave the edges unfinished. I’ll post another picture when I’m done.

Look out for it at the Station Steamer on November 6th! I’ll have some new badges ready by then as well.