People often ask me why birds appear so much in my work. I know it sounds weird but I had a recurring dream when I was little. In the dream I didn't watch birds, I was a bird. Or at least I could fly like a bird. I still have vivid memories of how it felt to fly over the house where I lived as a child. Now before you consult an analyst on my behalf I think I'm fairly sane these days but I'm still fascinated with birds, feathers and flight. I have a particular affinity with Rooks and Crows but when a fellow like this drops by while you're enjoying lunch in the garden who could resist photographing him?
In the sunshine his irridescent feathers were as gorgeous as any peacock.
By the way, please don't mention the weeds - he who gardens might take it as criticism! This is our wild bit of garden and we leave the pesky weeds because butterflies love them. We have a lot of butterflies!
I promised to show the cushion you saw me quilting a day or two ago so here it is in the garden next to the plant that inspired it.
The sun has bleached most of the pink from the leaves of the Sorbaria but the fabric print shows it in all its springtime glory.
It brightens up the rather dull colours of my sofa!
In contrast to the high tech digital print I've got this applique cushion on the other side of the room.
It took an age to stitch but it was a pleasure - those hand dyed scrims are like sewing through butter! There is a bit of machine work in there too - the scroll design is digital embroidery densely worked with a variegated Madeira Lana. In fact I used Lana for all the stitching on this.
Sorry about the shadow on that picture - my big head getting in the way again I suspect!
Hope you're having a creative time today. Making things makes you happy you know! Talk to you soon - Linda