My embroiderer friend Sue came to the studio on Friday on a sort of creative retreat, albeit for only a few short hours. It was good being with someone for a change. I don’t mind working alone, but the right person visiting every so often is something to look forward to. We talked all the time, but work was done. Here are some images of her and her sketchbook, followed by what I was up to.
I’m working on some new bird pieces. I thought I’d not want to use a bird image for a long time after I finished The Stone Bird, but actually I do. Which is handy really, as I need to do these pieces for an exhibition and to take to the Beautiful Birds course I’m teaching in October. I was hoping to take the actual Stone Bird book, but it’s developed a life independent of myself. It’s on a tour of the three Knitting and Stitching shows happening soon at Alexandra Palace, Harrogate and Dublin. So I thought I’d better do a bird piece as an example to take to the course, but such was my need to include more avians it’s developed into three pieces.
This is a selection of fabrics and acetate I will use. The acetate is printed with a photo I took of a neighbours shrub, covered in fabulous black plump berries. I was intending to start the bird pieces soon but this image really got things going.