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.

Inktense trials

I bought a set of Inktense blocks last week and have been playing with them on and off since then.  The blocks are watersoluble ink and can be used as is or with a wet paintbrush or sponge. I tried colour-washing the leaves using what was left on my brush from colouring the stone wall and then tried to do the same on fabric. The process definitely has great possibilities. White isn’t included in the tin unfortunately but on another doodling piece I successfully used a white oil pastel crayon instead.

Inktense washesI was playing around with some fancy machine stitches on the border but they don’t show up well on this image. Really must decide what to do with all these bits and pieces I’m stitching these days…