WORKSHOP WITH JEAN LITTLEJOHN

On Sunday I was lucky enough to get a place on a one day workshop with Jean arranged by my branch (Lutterworth) of the Embroiderers’ Guild.

It was an excellent day as always with Jean and I learned lots of new tricks, using my Embellishing machine. The topic was all about textures and layers and the subject matter was fields and hedgerows. Here are some images from the day, firstly of Jean’s work and then some from the members.

Sample of jean Littlejohn's work

Sample of Jean Littlejohn’s work

Another of Jean's

Another of Jean’s

This one is an altogthere lighter piece of Jean's. rea;;y fine and 'floaty'

This one is an altogether lighter piece of Jean’s. really fine and ‘floaty’

Next are two pages from her Sketchbooks.

Jean's work

Jean’s work

Another sketchook page

Another sketchbook page

The rest are all of member’s work.

Table laid out for Jean to review

Table laid out for Jean to review

Some were total beginners with the embellisher and I think there are quite a few new ones being bought now!🙂

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A selection of closer views

A selection of closer views

Of course in a day we couldn’t start on big pieces of work so we were encouraged to make little gems showing techniques.

Jean is a really fun person to be with and a very giving tutor. I should love to meet her little grandson who loves to play in her workroom.

A most enjoyable day.

CROFT OPEN GARDENS

Today was the day to go and look at some of the gardens in my village. There were many more open than I managed to view…… it was very hot and of course a lot of walking … some of them unsuitable for me with my wheely walker🙂

Th first one I visited was at The Old Butchery, no longer that but the buildings once used for such are still there. This garden was huge and had many ‘rooms’ to visit. There was something new and different around every corner and a big surprise at the bottom of it! Here are some of the shots I took.

Too late for the poppies here but I love the seed heads.

Too late for the poppies here but I love the seed heads.

Another 'room' with one of several sun rooms

Another ‘room’ with one of several sun rooms

There are fairies at the bottom of the garden

There are fairies at the bottom of the garden

Impish grin?

Impish grin?

This was round another corner, leading to yet another secret sitting place.

This was round another corner, leading to yet another secret sitting place.

And the big surprise the garden overlooks the working quarry! There are seats here too allowing one to sit and watch the wildlife

And the big surprise the garden overlooks the working quarry! There are seats here too allowing one to sit and watch the wildlife

Another view.

Another view.

Next I visited the Old School House this one really was too steep for me but I took some shots where I could get to.

Walking down from the house

Walking down from the house

A patio area with many pots near the potting shed.

A patio area with many pots near the potting shed.

Next was the old Rectory. Again… a very steep garden as the house on the side of Croft Hill. This is quite a landmark in an otherwise flat landscape in this area. In the old days people used to take a bus out to the hill for picnics. It is a good place for birdwatchers and is also known for butterflies and dragonflies.

This is the view from the rectory patio area.

This is the view from the rectory patio area.

Another view looking towards the vilage

Another view looking towards the village

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The brook, leading into the River Soare makes a good drinking spot for the cattle

The brook, leading into the River Soar makes a good drinking spot for the cattle

Finally some shots in the garden of Rose cottage….

Bill or Ben the flower pot man!

Bill or Ben the flowerpot man!

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I know this is a bit odf  weed but it's lovely!

I know this is a bit of weed but it’s lovely!

All in all a lovely day out. And the muffins and coffee at the Old Rectory were delicious!

IN THE GARDEN

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These poppies are like huge tissue paper balls on a plate! This plant had 11 blooms on it at one point

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Champagne Moment in bud

Champagne Moment in bud

And fully open

And fully open

Love the colour of this against the dark trees from next door

Love the colour of this against the dark trees from next door

Love the colours in this which is in a pot with verbina

Love the colours in this which is in a pot with verbina

Does anyone know what the name of this tree is? It is a variety of cherry…………….. I think from Australia originally. It has these fluffy blooms at this time of year and bunches of small inediable black fruit later.

 

Showing leaves and flowers

Showing leaves and flowers

Flowers in close up view

Flowers in close up view

It is about 12-15  feet high.

SOMETHING FISHY GOING ON HERE

My nephew has just bulit a lovely pond in their garden  and wanted some plants for it so we also visited the Aquatic area  while we were at the nursery and I found these…..

Reflections

Reflections

More reflections

More reflections

Aren’t they fun?

This is the pattern of a mimulus flower that fell from the plant he bought to put in his pond

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GARDEN CENTRE SPOILS

These are some of the plants I bought at the garden centre yesterday. 

African Violet I haven't seen this one before

African Violet
I haven’t seen this one before

Herbaceous Perrenial Geranium I also bought a darker one

Herbaceous Perrenial Geranium
I also bought a darker one

Can't remeber

Osteospermum ….. a darler one too

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I also bought, Cosmos, and Rudbeckia, a couple of small shrubs. Some Osteospermum and some Gazanias Some Begonias for a big pot in the front garden and a few Diascia for hanging basket. Quite a haul really! None of these are in flower though so I will show them later when they bloom.

Should be great later in the year.

MORE IN THE GARDEN

I took a few more shots of the garden and some plants yesterday.

Looking down the garedn from the house

Looking down the garden from the house

Looking towarads my seat in the quiet corner

Looking towards my seat in the quiet corner

Lovely very double clematis that was hiding in another one which flowers later.

Lovely very double clematis that was hiding in another one which flowers later.

Closer view. This one has thae name of a london borough but for the life of me I can't remember it.

Closer view.
This one has the name of a London borough but for the life of me I can’t remember it.

WHAT’S BLOOMIMG IN THE THE GARDEN NOW?

The roses are doing well at the moment as are a number of other plants. So I thought I would share them today.

Albertine Bud

Albertine Bud

Albertine fully out. It has a delicious smell!

Albertine fully out. It has a delicious smell!

Yellow poppies.  I don't know the name... think they are called welsh poppies/?

Yellow poppies.
I don’t know the name… think they are called Welsh poppies/?

Another yellow poppty

Another yellow poppty

Single Rose I love the faintly pink bloom to this one

Single Rose
I love the faintly pink bloom to this one

Philadelphus Mock ornage blossom. the leaves lose this citrus colour as they age

Philadelphus Coronareous Aurus
Mock ornage blossom. the leaves lose this citrus colour as they age

Who put THAT there then?

Who put THAT there then?

Peony It was so heavy I had to hold it's head up to take the photograph!

Peony
It was so heavy I had to hold it’s head up to take the photograph!

Yellow rose. No idea of it's name.

Yellow rose.
No idea of it’s name.

Red Poppy All of these poppies have come from nowhere... guess it's the birds...

Red Poppy
All of these poppies have come from nowhere… guess it’s the birds…

Yellow roses In the front garden. I love the way these start off such a deep golden colour then fade to pale lemon, tinged with pink.

Yellow roses
In the front garden. I love the way these start off such a deep golden colour then fade to pale lemon, tinged with pink.

Poppy in the front garden. this is going to be a big blousy one when it finally bursts out.

Poppy in the front garden.
this is going to be a big blousy one when it finally bursts out.