The other evening my husband was reading my Woolfest blog, although I was in the other room I knew he had read it all as I heard a small gasp and then the words ‘Oh no!’ I guess he now knows that I am planning to do a little bit of dyeing so it will not come so much of a shock to him when he arrives home from work to a house full of wet threads! With this in mind I thought I would continue with a bit of textile work for the minute and creep back up on the dyeing.
Last weekend my husband and I went on a beautiful walk in Cumbria.
We have a humble abode (a small caravan!) in the North of the Lake District and this is our bolthole. My husband loves to fish which is ideal as I get to spend some time sewing or just relaxing. We love to walk – preferably a pub walk where there is always a light refreshment either along the way or at the end. Last weekend we walked from our caravan along to a beautiful little place called Isel and then we called into the Lakes Distillery on the way back, it would have been rude to walk past and not pop in.
Along our walks I am always on the look out for wild flowers and my husband loves some water so that he can look for fish – my goodness we really know how to enjoy ourselves 🙂 This was a perfect walk to combine fish and flowers…..
We walked down the river which led onto the most tranquil country lane, the hedgerows were filled with colour and scent. I have photographed so many flowers I could be embroidering for a long long time. Along the walk I photographed an abundance of colour icluding Buttercups, Clover, Vetch, Red Campion, Forget-me-nots, Irises, Herb Robert and Thistles.
My favourite flowers were the large Daisies in the hedgerow. I love the simplicity of this flower with the bright sunshine center and clean lines of the petals – this has been the inspiration for my next embroidery………
As we continued along our walk we heard a rumble in the sky -the Vulacn was approaching. This was a wonderful sight.
In the late sixties and early seventies my Dad worked on these magnificent beasts in the Royal Air Force. 2015 is the last year this aircraft with fly. It was amazing to see and hear this aircraft so close and we were directly under the flight path – it is a shame the cyclist did not appreciate it as much as we did.
So back to my embroidery…. Daisies
I prepared the background by using a piece of hand dyed muslin and backed this with a piece of cotton calico for stability.
The Daisies are three dimensional and have been worked on water soluble fabric. I trapped some yellow silk fibres and fabric scraps between two sheets of water soluble fabric – I arranged these in circles to represent the flower centers and secured these in place with machine embroidery. The flower petals were also worked with machine embroidery and when I was happy with the shape I washed away the water soluble fabric and allowed the flowers to dry.
The leaves are hand dyed muslin and scrim secured with hand straight stitch and once the Daisies were dry they were attached to the background fabric.
I now need some more spare time to produce textiles from my other photographs – Oh and I also need to dye some more stuff……