|Cushions collected whilst travelling abroad|
It's nearly three weeks since my last 'Whichford Pottery Indulgence' and you might wonder what on earth a pottery has to do with stitching. It's one if the places to which I gravitate when mental sustenance is needed prior to a long and tricky creative job on the computer. Instantly, today, two appliqué cushions from the far east - adorned with kantha running-stitch - had me kneeling on the floor capturing them photographically.
|My line-sketches are|
are usually free-machine
stitched on calico, then
used as appliqué motifs
I find images for stitching everywhere - odd angles, shapes, plants, patterns. I don't go looking for them; they almost come running! Strange - I probably would not sit and sketch, or even write, if I were at home. I need that external stimulus and sense of pleasure at tasks already accomplished, away from a normal routine.
|Every table in the Straw Cafe is adorned with simple flowers|
grown in the pottery display areas. Inspiration for more
sewing when each is enlarged photographically and
converted to stitch in any number of ways
So I'm re-charging the soul-cells at the pottery, and the body with food, in the relaxing and friendly 'Straw Cafe' - a beetroot and feta cheese on honey-drizzled toast, served with a delicious side-salad grown on the premises. And herbal 'balance' tea: floral, with rose-petals, coriander seeds, cardamon pods and a whole lot else. Moleskin and iPhone in conjunction: there's plenty of sewing happiness to come from today's trawl. (post created by ann somerset miles).
URGENT NOTICE for BDEG MEMBERS: DONT FORGET THE 'SEW REGIONAL' DAY IN ABINGDON THIS SATURDAY (16th April) and the EMBROIDERERS' GUILD AGM IN MANCHESTER ON SATURDAY 7th MAY.