Saturday, 15 August 2015

Hello

Hello, my name is Anne and I love to sew, embroider, knit, crochet, craft and generally make things. I really enjoy reading other people's blogs and decided to begin my own. I hope to share the things that inspire me, make me happy and my own creativity through this blog.
My garden is a great inspiration to me. It is only quite small but I love to potter about amongst the plants and flowers. It is a good place to escape the stresses of daily life and there is nothing like getting your hands dirty to bring you back down to earth. It also influences a lot of my stitching as whatever I make, a flower or leaf seems to creep in somewhere.
Daisies have always been important as they bring back lots of happy memories of childhood. Sitting on the grass making daisy chains with friends. Now, teaching younger members of the family to thread the stems carefully through each other. It's just another form of stitching! Daisies always look so sunny and cheerful too, even on a dull day. These Marguerites were grown from seed.
The daisies on the front panel of this small 4 inch notebook were embroidered in lazy daisy stitch (naturally) in space dyed stranded thread. They are on a needle felted and machine embroidered background.
These hardy osteospermum daisies are originally from South Africa and look more exotic than our native ones but are just as bright and joyful. A good friend and neighbour gave me these from her garden and they love the dry arid conditions by the wall. 
This picture was taken last month in July and as you can see my garden is pretty jam packed with plants and flowers. Most of them have been acquired like the daisies above from cuttings from friends and family. This makes them special because when I potter around the garden the plants remind me of the people, so the garden is full of friends as well as flowers.

A selection of gift tags, which were all garden inspired. I had not really realised until now how entwined my stitching and garden are.
Thank you for reading this and I hope you will join me again on this journey into the blogging world.