Today, I am featuring the embroidery of Joan who is a member of our very special Broiderers group.
Joan has her own ideas and always creates something that is a little different from anyone else. She also has grandchildren and these embroideries were created for her young people. The mouse is the latest piece she has stitched. It would have been finished a year ago if we had stayed another 10 minutes at our last gathering which was just before Covid shut us down. Perhaps, this is just the right moment to display him as it is exactly one year that he has been waiting patiently in his box. The brown part of the body is applique but all the rest of the mouse and the strawberries is stitched by hand.
The background fabric is definitely grey but when I took another look after he was mounted on foam-core board, the grey had taken a tinge of pink from the strawberries. Interesting!
Almost everyone I know has stitched a garden but only Joan thought of a river or stream rather than a path. The overhanging tree is wisteria with lots of texture in the bark. The bush is a magnolia.
The hedgehog was Joan’s first piece and already belongs to a grandchild. It is wandering over a hillock of plants and earth. How do you like the pink pea plant? His coat is all prickly just like a real hedgehog.
Joan is a creative soul whether it is gardening, interior decorating or making a door decoration. On her door one day, she had a swag of woven twigs and forsythia which was absolutely stunning. She is also a champion swimmer and has been able to resume this activity now that the pool here has reopened for a limited number of people.
Joan’s husband is an avid photographer and he took this last photo which is way better than the ones I took.
Hope that everyone is staying well and that you are enjoying the more springlike weather if you are living in the northern hemisphere.