Usually the first wildflower to appear, the Hardenbergia is just lovely with its profusion of purple flowers. A white version is also available in the nurseries, but although pretty, it's just not the correct original wild colour.
A little rosette of a Honeydew plant hugging the ground. No flowers just yet though.
The Yellow Star flower with it's plants dotted all around the open ground.
Now that the exhibition is up and running I can show my completed piece which I called 'Shadow-Wings'. Here you can see the shadows formed on the back of the piece behind the acetate sheet on which are mounted the textile components. Unfortunately at the exhibition it is hung in a darkish corner and there are no shadows to be seen! However, the piece did win a Highly Commended certificate in spite of the lack of shadows.
Sixteen years ago when I first started driving past these letterboxes, there were only 3 of them, including the Singer treadle machine base one. Now there are 8, and the old Singer base is still there.
I think that the box on top of the old wrought iron base is an old munitions box perhaps.
The whole contraption is slowly sinking into the leaf litter and soil.
I wonder what Mr. Singer would have thought of using one of his wonderful old treadle machine bases for this purpose.
This is an old bit of applique and embroidery that has been sitting around for ages. It's a little bit of machine embroidery for the sunflowers and the leaves and a little bit of iron-on silk stencil for the butterflies. It will make a good end 'paper' for the book cover and use up another left-over.
The cover is finished! Here the back flap is folded over to show the outside and the inside front cover. If you look closely you can see that the butterflies now have bodies and antennae.
The cover for the handmade book is in a wrap around style, hence the long narrow format. The cover is lined and for that I have chosen a piece of hand dyed fabric in blues and purples.
This section will be the inside of the front cover, so I rummaged around and found 3 silk butterflies that I made many years ago. They don't actually have bodies as yet, so now that they have been bonded to the dyed cotton I can machine embroider their bodies and antennae.
The photo above was taken on a wooden table top and the colours are really blue, whereas the one below, taken on a black cloth is a lot closer to the mauve/purple of the real piece ...most interesting.
I have joined the strips of flower stamp squares with a sashing of my hand dyed fabric in a purple colour. I did measure everything, but even so it's a surprise that the whole thing is exactly the size that I wanted it to be!
Having made a paper template, I can see that I have enough squares to make the book cover. It's now a matter of carful placement to avoid having similar ones together. Unfortunately this photo shows them all either pink or blue, when in fact they are shades of mauve. No matter what I do I just can't get an accurate colour range in a photo.