Summer is slipping slowly by and autumn beckons. I’ll miss the summer barbeques and afternoons spent at the beach or in the garden but there is something so alluring about the autumn months and as I do as every season approaches, I think about what there is to look forward to….
turned up collars
crunchy leaves underfoot
softly falling night rain seen in the street lights
snuggling up with a pile of books…and my dogs
rosy cheeks in the winter wind
breaking out your awesome scarf collection
winter coats – I remember new coats as a child
I’m sure you could add so many more.
I also can’t wait for the new Nigel Slater book – The Christmas Chronicles.
Meanwhile, there have been lots of embroideries
Mainly the embroideries have been used for project bags.
This one is Lady’s Bedstraw or Galium verum.It’s a medicinal herb with frothy flowers throughout summer, smelling of honey, then freshly mown hay when dried, it was traditionally used to stuff mattresses, especially those of women about to give birth. It was also used to add colour to Double Gloucester cheese.
Lavender – I was never a fan of lavender as a child but now I adore it. It’s probably one of my favourite plants in the garden – always alive with bees and smelling gorgeous as I brush past it.
I love to pair Liberty print with linen. Here I used Kitty Grace – so striking with the black.
This is another Liberty print – Betsy. I found the petrol blue linen tucked away on a shelf on a recent visit to Liberty of London. Quite a treat.I just wish I’d bought more of it.
I turn my thoughts now to some bird embroideries – starting with robin redbreast. It’s a little bird that is in our gardens all year round but so synonymous with winter…. and Christmas 😉