But we came here for little breaks when ever we could.
Look at all this lovely purpley Aubritia hanging down this wall in Muker. How could I resist!
Here are the pages from my sketch book.
I was seduced by the gardens and rockeries in Muker,
but my final working sketch took me back to the moss and lichen covered stone walls.
This piece for me was very different to what I usually do. It's much larger than I usually work (19" x 35") and much freer, not so precise. And certainly not as 'girly'!
Everything is hand stitched to a hessian backing fabric. I loosely felted merino wool to look like moss and lichen.
I hand painted calico to get stone colours and embellished them with lots of little straight stitches and crocheted bullion circles.
Each ivy leaf is made individually and some of them are attached to wire coils to make them spring off the hanging like real ivy would.
My 'Aubritia' is hairy green crocheted spirals with lots of little individually attached hand dyed fabric circles.
Not a very good photo, but it's the best I could manage with the lack of light today. Not to mention having to almost perch ontop of my book shelves to get the whole thing in shot.
I hope you enjoyed our little pre blog trip, maybe we can do it again some time.
How about it?