Author Archives: dorothyag

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.

A WALK AROUND MY GARDEN

it was a lovely sunny day today so I went and sat in the garden for a bit and then took a walk around.

Here are some general views

Front garden

Front garden

Back Garden

Back Garden from my seat

Walking towards the house

Back Garden

Back Garden

Back Garden

Back Garden

Back Garden

Back Garden

Now I need to go and get some more plants. Always a pleasure!

IN MY WORKROOM AND GARDEN TODAY

Here is the latest page from my online course with Donna Downey. For this one we were asked to use watersoluble crayons or pastels etc. and to moisten them with white acrylic paint. This enabled blending and made the surface more permanent.

Double page spread

Double page spread

closer view

Closer View of Left hand side.

Clsoer view  of Right Hand Side

Clsoer view of Right Hand Side

As I was taking these shots I looked out of the window at the front garden and saw that the light was lovely. This was taken through the window glass.

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IN MY GARDEN TODAY

Some of the flowers in my garden today… warts and all! 🙂

It’s amazing what can be found when there doesn’t to be much in flower. The garden is being given a good tidy at the moment so should look nice in a week or two. If only the rain didn’t keep forcing the gardener away!

Rose I ove but have forgotten who she is.

Rose I love but have forgotten who she is.

Self setting violas

Self setting violas

The following few were taken by my neice Karen this evening

Last of the cowslips

Last of the cowslips

Acquilegia

Acquilegia

Alchimella Mollis

Alchimella Mollis

Albertine

Albertine

Mallow

Mallow

Bald female blackbird. Poor little thing

Bald female blackbird. Poor little thing

MORE ON TRAVELLING BOOKS

Today I am going to share the images so far in the book that will eventually be mine to keep.  In this round there were six different stitchers.

Page 1

Page 1

Page 2

Page 2

Page 3

Page 3

Page 4

Page 4

Page 5

Page 5

Page 6

Page 6

Didn’t they all do well?  I will now be working with 7 different stitchers and have the first book here ready to work on. Now…….. what shall I do this time?

Watch this space!

TRAVELLING BOOKS

Nothing for months and then the posts come along like buses! 🙂

Some branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild have started travelling books and my branch (Lutterworth) is taking part. Basically what happens is that participating members are divided into groups of six and each member buys a small  (5 x 5″) spiral bound sketch book. The book one starts with ultimately becomes yours at the end of the process.

I worked page one in my own book and then at the next meeting passed it on to the next member in my group of six……. and so on. We have just come to the end of the first round and below are the pages I made. For some reason one is missing, but you will get the idea.

This week we will hand these six books over to a new team and receive theirs in return. Then begin the rounds again, until the books are full. At the end the first one becomes mine to keep.

I am finding it is fun and not too onerous as the pieces are small and one has a month to finish it.

Page one in what will become my book at the ed of the process

Page one in what will become my book at the ed of the process

Detail of page one

Detail of page one

It just happend to be Christmas when I did this one!

It just happend to be Christmas when I did this one

Daisies, stamped and embroidered

Daisies, stamped and embroidered

Abstract flower on my own dyed fabric

Abstract flower on my own dyed fabric

I called this Perfect Day . It is painted Pelmet Vilene and hand stich

I called this Perfect Day . It is painted Pelmet Vilene and hand stich

CATCHING UP TIME

Well it has been so long since I blogged that there really are no excuses… so I will just start from here!

I have been enjoying a series of Collage workshops with Donna Downey so I thought I would share those here.  We are at number 10 of the series now. Clicking on the image will enlarge as usual.

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Week 2

04-02-2015 Lesson 3

Week 3

18-05-2015 Lesson 4

Week 4

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Week 5

18-03-2015 lesson 6

Week 6

30-03-2015 Lesson 7

Week 7

15-04-2015 Lesson 8

Week 8

30-04-2015 lesson 9

Week 9

March 13th lesson 10

Week 10

I have enjoyed learning new techniqiues, not always successful in my hands of course. However, all learning is fun isn’t it?

SECOND VISIT TO THE LUTTERWORTH EXHIBITION

I took more photos on my second visit so I am sharing them here.

Our new Tablecloth had it’s first outing this time.

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Next we have the young embroiderers’ display. Very mixed ages, haven’t they done well?

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I apologise for the reflections of the church windows in some of the exhibits, rather difficult to avoid them!

I loved the elegant boots and the Mary Poppins especially in the first collage. The beading was part of a workshop we had with Eliza MacClelland. In the second collage we have free machine embroidery Reflections and Frosty Morning.

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I enjoyed this rather splendid piece embellished with gold work too.

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Several different techniques in the first image but the tiger image in the second is a lovely piece of mixed machine and hand embroidery .

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Finally some dolls. Miss Buttercup on her special chair and Bobbie, a beautiful old porcelain doll in his newly knitted clothes. He was quite tiny… no more than 6″ high I think.

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Next a couple of tarts for you! Just look at HER with her nose in the air! 🙂

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All in all a very successful exhibition showing the wide variety of talent we have in the Branch.