Saturday, 6 April 2013

That bright elusive butterfly

Insects seem to be very slow to put in an appearance this year. I haven’t seen a single ladybird, butterfly or bee and the hedgerows are still pretty bare on our walks. Looking back through my nature notes and sketches it becomes clear that our weather has changed a lot in my lifetime.
Here is a sketch I made in early April some years ago. Lots of wild flowers were out and butterflies were on the wing. It was warm enough to sit in the wood with paints and packed lunch. Today, I’ve got my paints out, but it will be hot soup for lunch indoors. I’m certainly in the mood for butterflies though so I’ll sketch out some designs for jewellery featuring them.  

One of my most treasured possessions is my brass paintbox, it has a reservoir for water and the lid comes off to clip on the side. It was given to me many years ago by a lady in the village whose elderly husband had died. She wanted to give it to someone who would use it lots, I like to think  he would have been pleased at how much it is still treasured.

Looking through my notebooks I see that I have some preliminary notes already, with some sample stitching glued onto the page, together with some thoughts about where to find more inspiration. So that will make a good starting point. I'll work up some more detailed drawings over the next day or so and post them early next week.

The newest kumihimo braid (pictured below) is done and added to my website.

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