I'm back from another lovely residential weekend at Missenden Abbey. As always it doesn't feel like work to be in such wonderful surroundings, especially with the small but select group of students that I've had the pleasure to work with all weekend.
Outside the grounds were carpeted with snowdrops...
But inside we were producing our own flowers. The following is a small selection of the work produced by this group of machine embroidery beginners.
I just love Mandy's interpretation of doodled flowers and her foiled brick wall below.
Another lovely bouquet from Rosemary...
and her geometric foiled piece.
Flowers and a fish from Margaret...
and more flowers from Sheila.
While the students were busy stitching their flowers I got to work on some of my own...
But mine were rather smaller!
And designed to cover the lid of a matchbox!
This little flowery book was commissioned for Mother's Day so is not for sale I'm afraid.
I also managed to finish another commission this weekend...
This one is for a Piscean birthday but in the style of William De Morgan
The book has a machine embroidered cover that is very loosely based on a De Morgan design (VERY loosely... I was exercising artistic licence) and on the matchbox is a a tiny ceramic button that is a reproduction of a De Morgan tile design.
And as a bonus... an extra little folding book tucked inside with a horoscope for Pisces.
Tomorrow there will a book for sale in the shop... so keep your eyes open!