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of my current exhibition at Glastonbury Abbey
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I've been researching the history of my little house and the surrounding area. Apparently in the mid 1800's my garden abutted onto a cricket ground! Now I can look out of my upstairs window and imaging the scene as the "gentlemen -v- players" gave their sporting all!
Wag and Tone is absolutely brilliant!!! Poodle pressure has meant that it is an absolute essential tag-on to our daily work out - his and mine!!!
Well, at last the full update of my website is underway, and my first priority was to give you a better look at my Glastonbury exhibition... go to http://www.helenmstevens.co.uk/exhibitions/ and you can have a "virtual" tour... not quite as extensive as the real thing, but I hope it will give you a taste ... let me know what you think!
When I was a little girl, a family story went that once my Daddy, who was a great countryman, came into the house very excitedly and announced "The garden is full of baby woodpeckers!!" Well, it turned out they were actually starlings, and he never lived it down ... but it illustrates how spectacular these everyday birds can look in their spring plumage. Beautiful iridescent colours and detailed markings make them little unexpected jewels on a crisp early spring morning. Dalmatian dog technique recreates those wonderful spots in embroidery.
Had this up on my private page to celebrate a black poodle winning Crufts dog show .... but I am told I should have put it up here, too!!!
Wallflowers are often a rather under-rated garden stalwart! At this time of the year, though, it is lovely to see them coming into bloom and acting as an attraction to early butterflies and bees. And walls themselves, of course, are a marvellous source of inspiration: here I have used silk, cotton and wool to create the effect of stone, mortar, moss and lichen.
Here's a guy who often gets mistaken for a grey squirrel: the glis glis, otherwise known as the fat (or edible) dormouse. These cute little creatures came over to Britain with the Romans (for reasons which their name gives away!), escaped and made their home in the "Home" Counties of England. They often live in barns and attics - hence my man-made looking setting - and will eat hibernating butterflies if they get the chance!
I just cannot resist these little guys, so here's another... it's amazing how not-grey grey squirrels are when your really look at them!! Lovely gold highlights in their fur make them beautiful and much under-rated animals - and they DO like to much on the odd flower in the spring! This is a super example of how the different directions of the stitches change the shading of the silk...
A lovely spring day ... blossom coming out on the fruit trees in the Abbey Gardens and the squirrels making the most of the dry weather! So cheeky, they even ignore Mitty the poodle! Don't you love this fellow's tail? Beginning with several strands of silk, I gradually use fewer and finer from the core outwards until it is fluffy and fly-away!
Now here's a little fellow one does not see very often ... a nuthatch. They like to hang around in the "gang" with the blue and great tits, and peanuts seems to be a big favourite at the garden bird table. They are so agile, they seem to be able to hold onto anything. Uniformly grey on the upper body, I have emphasised the large flight feathers by shadow lining and stem stitching between them.
... still fascinated by the antics of the various tits around my bird table and hoping some of them will decide to nest. Finally the big guys have arrived: the very handsome great tit, resplendent in his bright plumage!
The long tailed tits were back again today and this time brought a cute little coal tit with them ... what a noisy little fellow! While they were all chattering, he was giving voice to high pitched peeps and piping. I was surprised by how pink his tummy was, too!
A lovely sunny morning and a whole troop of long tailed tits were making use of the bird table ... so cute, tails stuck out in every direction! What a lovely soft pink they have on their backs and tummies ... crushed raspberry mousse! And a velvety looking texture. Wonderful little birds!
You may have seen this one before... but it is the Calendar picture for March, so I am sharing again! "Two little Dickie birds sitting on a wall..." or in this case a twig! A perfect example of why "opus plumarium" (feather work) is so called: it really does follow the flow of the birds' feathers. This is in pure untwisted silk.
Call me generous, but I thought I would send you all a daffodil after all... been out in the garden all afternoon and it REALLY feels like spring out there. Mitty the poodle is exhausted! By the way, these are green veined white butterflies, NOT the dreaded "cabbage whites" that were the bane of my Daddy's gardening life!
Happy St. David's Day to all our Welsh friends near and far! OK, this is NOT your traditional Welsh dragon, and I WAS going to give you a daffodil, but in the end I thought he was much more fun! Fierce and friendly at the same time, rather like the Principality itself!