Tuesday, 28 October 2008


We all need a bit of colour in our lives
To brighten up dark autumn afternoons
Today Jacob and I made scones
with buttermilk
(recipe courtesy of Alice)
Complete with ruby red plum jam.

Someone who literally brought colour to the lives of many was Julia Caprara. Many of you will have already read on other blogs the sad news of Julia's death on Friday after a long illness. I first met Julia at an open day when I was considering taking the degree with Opus. It was her generous and encouraging words that gave me the confidence to believe in myself and to believe I was good enough to do this degree. A lovely, generous, inspiring and colourful lady who will be missed by many. Condolences to Alex and his family.

If you've not experienced Julia's wonderful way with colour then I can whole heartedly recommend her book "Exploring Colour" which is full of wonderful images of her work together with assignments and exercises designed to inspire those who wish to explore colour and stitch creatively. Put some colour in your life.


  1. hi gina...yes, really sad news about julia. i had been hoping she would recover and be back creating and inspiring. it is a huge gift to all of us that she completed her book to encourage all to move forward in our work - which is something she did so well!

  2. Hi Gina,I am so sorry to hear this sad news.
    I had no idea she was so ill.
    I have always been inspired by her wonderful colourful embroidery.

  3. I've read so many lovely comments about Julia Caprara to know that she was a very special lady who seems to have influenced many gifted and talented people. I shall look out for the book - thanks for that.


  4. sorry to hear such sad news - will definitely look out for her book - you must feel very lucky to have been inspired by her.


  5. I have said elsewhere that I never met Julia but her work inspired me. I am fortunate enough to have just received her book and it is indeed a feast of colour. I am looking forward to going on a colour journey with her inspiration. Such a sad time for her family and friends.

  6. Very sad news Gina. Julia Caprara seems to have touched so many people and it must be a comfort to her family to know that she will continue to influence others through her wonderful work.


  7. So sad isn't it about Julia Caprara, a very inspiring woman.

    Now, how did you get that close;y guarded recipe out of Alice's mother?

  8. How sad, I must look out for her book.

  9. Very sad news. I must track down the book.

  10. I heard about Julia, a great loss to the world of embroidery.
    I haven't forgotten about your prize...honest!

  11. Julia obviously inspired many people and that is a wonderful legacy.

    I am SO relieved that the scones worked out. I get very anxious about posting recipes in case I forget something critical like sugar ... or flour.


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