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.
Barbara LeSueur says
I would love to do the hedgehog for a friend of mine who likes them, but I can’t pick up an eedle to even do my embroidery project. My husband is a month from turning 95, can barely walk, and has dementia. My days are filled with needed care , companionship and just plain work.
I am always interested in what you are doing.
Ann Bernard says
It is a pleasure to hear from you. It must be over 40 years since we last met. I am really sorry to hear about your husband and know full well how limited and demanding life is for you. My husband has Parkinsons and is in a wheelchair. We are thankful for the assistance we receive from LLHN’s PSWs. Sorry to hear that your stitching days are now over but very glad to know that you are finding this Blog interesting. There has not been a lot to write about lately. Next one will be on the exhibition of Erica Wilson’s embroideries.f
All good wishes, Ann
Beryl Nash says
Such warm,interesting and delightful pieces.Joan’s grandchildren will treasure them, I’m sure. Thanks Ann for sharing one of the Broiderers creations.
Ann Bernard says
Glad you liked them. She is a gifted and artistic lady.
Always a pleasure to hear comments on what I post. I am copying your comment and will email it to her.