We are in Gozo this week visiting really good friends who moved here from southern England two years ago. It’s our second visit and the island is just as interest g the second time around as it was the first. Biggest difference from our visit in November is that the colours have changed from green in November to the browny golden colours of summer and of course the roads are lined with wild flowers everywhere.
The Gozotans are renowned for their craft work from delicate glass work to knitted products for all ages. I’d like to take a big wooly jumper home with me but I’d have to dump most of my clothes! I’m taking some pictures of the colours, patterns and light and will use the images again in some piece of embroidery or other.
This photograph is the inspiration behind my current embroidery. It was taken last year when the Highlands enjoyed one of the rare hot summers. Today it is 21C here again. I don’t think I’ve ever know two good summers in a row. My garden is again looking beautiful with geraniums, an escallonia, sweet Williams, nasturtiums, Michaelmas daisies, a peachy climbing rose, a white climbing rose and all framed by the wisteria which has gone a bit mad.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.