Monday, 22 February 2010

Visit to Hodsock

Above are some of the photos I took at Hodsock Priory ( last Monday. The weather was awful to start with, sleet, snow and hail, then torrential rain! However, once we ventured out, the rain cleared away and we had a reasonable afternoon. Due to the really cold winter, the snowdrops weren't as far on as in previous years, and the hellebores had only just started growing, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The woodland walk is always very peaceful and there is a bonfire to warm up by which is welcome. Well worth a visit, and open until the end of February.
Snowdrops are one of my favourite flowers as they are beautiful, simple and seem so delicate yet can withstand the worst weather of the year. Their appearance is a reminder that Spring is not too far away.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Stone Wall Felt and Tulips

I am in the process of hand embroidering the stone wall felt and it is amazing how the addition of the stitching really brings the individual stones 'to life'. It is time consuming, but worth it!

I was given these beautiful tulips as a gift the other day and I just love the combination of colours! They are so bright and cheerful and a reminder of the colours of Spring.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Another Treat!

I have just been treated to the above book (thanks to my lovely husband!) which was recommended in an embroidery magazine I happened to be looking at. Apparently, it looks at textiles, costume, fashion and social history including portraits and letters. It has rave reviews on Amazon as well so I am really looking forward to receiving it!
On a completely different note, next week sees the beginning of the garden visiting season for me as I am visiting Hodsock Priory (near Blyth in Notts)( to look at the snowdrops for which they are famous. I have been there many times, but there is always something new to look at and it is a great day out. Hopefully, photos to follow...

Monday, 1 February 2010

A Treat!

Recently, I treated myself to some Shetland wool in the gorgeous natural colours seen above, from 'World of Wool'. ( While browsing, I also bought the shades of blue merino with silk fibres added into the blend. No, I haven't decide what I shall use it for yet, but no doubt inspiration will come at some point.
I haven't used Shetland wool before, so it will be interesting to compare felting times with the Black Welsh cross Texel wool from my sister's sheep. Now, what shall I use this wool for...?