And still it goes on… four more textile samples inspired
(sometimes obliquely) by the weekly photos in a 2013 John Muir Trust
Wild Nature Diary.
Week 27: Bee Orchid (Photo of bee orchids) Crocheted to my own design in stranded cottons (the only
threads I had with the right colours).
Week 28: Coastal wild
(Photo of Bedruthan Cove,
Background of brown felt with bits of green yarn embellished
on, then green straight stitches. French knots in yellow and lilac pearl
Week 29: Red squirrel
(Photo of red squirrel)
Red-brown tapestry wool machine stitched onto hand dyed
calico then fluffed out with a teasel brush.
Week 30: Cwm Idwal
(Photo of Afon Idwal draining
from Llyn Idwal)
This is one of my favourite places anywhere! Went a bit off
piste with my sample…
I decided to use the design of the gate on the path to Cwm Idwal, designed by Joe Roberts, one of the National Park’s
Seasonal Wardens, as a tribute to conservationist Evan Roberts, who was
appointed first Warden of Cwm Idwal in 1953.
The top of the gate represents the
topographic profile of the Cwm's headwall, whilst the rails show the bedding
planes of the geology and the notch of Twll Du (Devil's Kitchen). The lower
part shows a lateral moraine and the whole
scene reflected in Llyn Idwal.
I machine stitched the design on Aquasol using wire on the bobbin
so the curves would keep their shape, and then zigzagged over it. Fiddly! I
couldn’t just stitch it out on fabric, could I…