It's Trafalgar Day today - 209 years since Nelson's victory ... this is the closest I could get to the famous message "England expects..."
Clearly, it's a beautiful summer's day, with a distant backdrop of fields and trees and a foreground including Queen Anne's Lace (or cow parsley, which doesn't sound half so nice!) ... and could that be the spider's web where Mr. Badger's lunch originated?
Here's baby! The very distinct lengthways stripes along a badger's head are quite a challenge. As well as the stitches converging upon the nose area, you also have the keep the demarcation sharp... tricky!
Let's have some more fun with details before I show you the whole of another picture... Mr. Badger fancies something different for his lunch!
So .... as promised here is the whole picture. Photo was taken, I am afraid, through the glass, so none of the details have been 100 per sent as sharp as I would have liked for you, but I hope you have enjoyed this series. The completed and framed wall hanging measures about 48 x 36 inches.
OK, so here's the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle before I show you the whole thing ,,, and you didn't think I could do such a big piece without having a butterfly in there somewhere did you? A Camberwell Beauty, once a common butterfly along the banks of the River Thames, by a quiet little village called ... Camberwell! Not so quiet now, methinks!
Helen M. Stevens' True Embroideries shared Inspirations Magazine's photo.
Lovely to see one of my designs on show in Oz!! (The swimming otter.) Not sure who was working this one, but it looks super, well done! If you are reading this, do get in touch!!
Of course, if there is a close up foreground, then there must be a background element, too... a lovely weeping willow, with tiny impressionistic wildflowers beneath it - flag irises, in fact. And, oh, look, there is a dragonfly flying towards us!!
As I mentioned, these images have all be part of a "bigger picture"! And what do we need to get the whole picture? A foreground and a background. The immediate foreground in this study is underwater on the river bed ... you really need to click on this to see it bigger. The water weedy, mossy effect is created by surface couching various different textures of wool in meandering patters. Can you spot the frog?
... Meanwhile, perched on a stump, the king of the river keeps an eye on everything. It's hard not to think of the kingfisher as the most embroiderable (if there is such a word) bird ever! The colours and streamlined shape are just so beautiful, with details, such as the white ticking on the head so eminently well suited to embroidery.
Things are a little less hectic on top of the water... a couple of little ducklings are enjoying the shelter of a clump of water violets and crowfoot. Apart from the "aaahhh factor", these little guys are a good example of the flow of stitches from the front and profile perspectives of similar subjects. And don't you love their little feet?
Well, I knew you would want to see this ... Mitty's latest conquest, and she's called Missy! Love at first sight ...they met today at the last doggie show of the season at Ipswich: Mitty won TWO firsts, including Best Small Dog in Show! Back to matters embroidered tomorrow!
Well, as you have already guessed, this is an underwater scene! Another little fellow is hunting for his lunch: a water shrew. Unlike their land loving relatives, the common and pygmy shrews, these guys have delightful silver grey fur, which helps to camouflage them as they swim... and lovely white tummies!