For five months I have been dyeing and stitching, weaving and assembling six large pieces for exhibition at the National Trust house, Knole, in Sevenoaks, Kent.
The work is based on the life of the woven tapestries at Knole and other stately establishments.
This afternoon the work was hung in the Orangery at Knole.
I am now back from Wales and have had a quick look at your blogs. I can see some really good work. I will send messages on Monday as I am off to Urchfont Manor for the first weekend of the 'face to face' C & G Level 2 Machine Embroidery course.
This was the first piece of work I tried, using the embellisher. The doorways of the beach huts were knitted Colinette yarn. I used the embellisher (needle felter) to attach the doorways to the handmade felt of the beach huts. Both were rather thick. Yes, I broke several needles, but it worked as a way of attaching one piece to the other.
The embellisher is now my favorite! We have spent many happy, industrious hours together.,
The importance of colour in a piece of work can never be underestimated.
This a from a letter from Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo
'This time its just simply my bedroom, only here colour is to do everything and giving by its simplification a grander style to things, is to be suggestive here of rest or of sleeping in general. In a word, to look at, the picture ought to rest the brain or rather the imagination.
The walls are of pale violet, the floor is of red tiles, the wood of the bed and chairs is the yellow of fresh butter, the sheet and pillows very light lemon green. The coverlet scarlet, the windows green, the toilet table orange, the basin blue, the doors lilac.
At that is all - there is nothing in this room with closed shutters.'
Follow that with 'Open your mind, open your imagination' and you will see where I am coming from!