Monthly Archives: May 2014

The next card

I’ve had another embroidery photographed and made into a card. I couldn’t find a square template available to the iPad so I had the image reproduced 50 times and then pasted them onto ready folded cards.    I’ve ordered some stickers for the back saying what the picture is and who made it.   I intend to sell them and make some money for a local charity.   Thoughts appreciated pls.Image

Loch Ard

We are are in Forest Hills over looking Loch Ard. It is raining and we can barely see the other side of the loch for mist. It is still breathtakingly beautiful. The gardens at Forest Hills provide many images that I would like to capture in embroidery but there are so many beautiful sights in Scotland that it would be impossible to sew them all. Still some of the colour schemes that the gardeners of the past have created to amaze us that I will have to make do with memories.


I’m really excited the first delivery of greeting cards have arrived.  It’s the embroidery of Lochcarron which is based on a photograph of the last time I was over in Kyle.   Dougie drove me and it was a beautiful early summer evening about 5pm and the sun was still shining.   The sort of day that we get only a few of each year.   The greenery at the side of the road was just bursting with all kinds of wild flowers and grasses – otherwise known as weeds!

Early summer in lochcarron

An Teallach, Dundonnell

The An Teallach ridge as seen from the Road from Tore to Dingwall, Ross shire. An Teallach’s comprises two Munros and Bidein a’Ghlas Thuill is the highest at 1062 metres. from this distance it makes an impressive and fairly benign backdrop up close however the craggy pinnacles of Sgurr Fiona and the Corrag Buidhe make challenging adversities.
I’m planning to embroider this picture or perhaps it will be black work or perhaps a collage.

My tools

These are the tools of my trade. I can’t think of anything better than sitting down to a new embroidery and sorting out the threads needed to try to recapture the colours and textures of the highlands.

Emerging snowdrops

I’ve always wanted to create something that others would value. I’m hoping that my embroideries will be enjoyed by others as much as I have enjoyed designing and making them. Every stitch reminded me of the day I took the original photographs or of when I visited these places as a child and of course I also remembered the friends that were there with me. There’s no way that any art form can recreate the beauty of the Scottish Highlands but in sewing these pictures I feel i have a deeper appreciation. Perhaps others will try to sew their own pictures.