camera, orchard and Alice

For a few months now my camera has been showing intermittently that the card is protected although it’s not. My solution was to remove the card and re-insert it but last weekend it showed ‘card protected’ no matter what I tried or which card was inserted. It’s now away for investigation and in the meantime I’ve only got my phone camera or an older camera with batteries that don’t hold the charge for very long so any images here for a while will be even poorer than normal.

The orchard embroidery has been partially unpicked but not re-stitched so far. The absence of any comments on the orchard suggests that anyone who reads this blog agreed with me about the general bleh-ness of the piece and was just too polite to say so. That’s quite alright. I put it to one side while I made more chicks but I didn’t take any more chick pictures before handing them over for the shop window display. The latest ones are almost identical to the first ones anyway so you’re not missing anything by not having a picture to look at today.

I’ll soon be off to Beyond Up North (aka Scotland) and because much of my time there may be spent indoors, I wanted to take a long-term embroidery piece with me so I’ve chosen the John Tenniel illustration Painting the Roses Red from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Calico again for the ground fabric (what else!) and some background colouring done with Inktense blocks and wax crayons. After starting to stitch the leaves with satin then fishbone stitch and deciding that neither looked right, I’ve settled for fly stitch.

7 Responses to “camera, orchard and Alice”

  1. thecraftersapprentice Says:

    oh wow, that is going to be incredible! I don’t remember seeing your orchard post, hence no comment. things have been busy recently and I’ve not been able to catch up on my blog reading

    • Mrs G Says:

      Thanks for the vote of confidence! A lot could go wrong between now and the finish. Since my last post I’ve stitched a lot more leaves and then unpicked nearly everything which is what I seem to spend a lot of time doing these days! Obviously not concentrating enough.

  2. niasunset Says:

    This is amazing, so beautiful. I haven’t heard and seen this before. Fascinated me. Let me say what I understand, you first draw, doodling the image on fabric and then you use inktense blocks and then you are going to stitch on them… right? What fabric you are using I wonder. Beautiful, so beautiful. I also wonder the finish piece too. Good Luck, Thank you, Love, nia (if you wish you can visit my blog too)

    • Mrs G Says:

      Sir John Tenniel did the illustrations for the original Alice books by Lewis Carroll and your understanding of how I get an image on the fabric is correct. Colouring the background is something I do frequently these days and calico is my favourite fabric for embroidering on – easy to draw on, easy to stitch on.


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