theme for the year was Eastfield which is the house in Somerset
where we have lived for the last six years. It was originally two
farm cottages and has some interesting old features and a large
garden with a wild life pond so there was plenty to inspire me.
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Snowdrops seem to appear from nowhere when the garden is still full of debris and dead leaves and the hedges are bare. Fabric paints and appliqué.
Moorhens nest on the pond every year and come up to the patio in search of bird food.
I painted the background and then added the moorhens which were made separately.
A very simple design of the tadpoles at the edge of the pond, using layered organza.
The buddleia shrubs attract lots of butterflies with wonderful markings. I made this separately and stitched it to a dyed background.
Inspired by Graham's photos of Emperor dragonflies on the edge of the pond.
Every year our hollyhocks self-seed in the gravel drive and paving stones and every year there seems to be a different colour combination. I experimented with transfer paints to get these pastel colours.
- Well Cover
Our wooden well cover fell to bits so we decided to have a metal one. I did a rough design of swallows and reeds and we found a talented blacksmith to make it for us. This design was constructed using reverse appliqué.
Another experiment with transfer paints, using leaves and honesty pods from the garden as a resist.
November - Sunset
The view from the end of the garden. We get some really good sunsets though maybe not quite as bright as this. A simple piece of strip piecing.
The sky is painted with silk paints, the tree is machine embroidered and the snow is made from alpaca wool fibres applied with an embellisher machine.