Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Embroidered pictures: Lone Tree

I am busy getting ready for my second trip to Thailand. Five fun days of teaching crewel shading in Bangkok and Chiang Mai before Adrian joins me and we have a few days of total relaxation. Ahhh.....

As so often happens when I am really, really busy I manage to get completely side-tracked...
I love designing for kits and classes but it is nice to stitch just for me from time to time and there is something I have been burning to do for a very, very long time. Embroidered pictures.

I am not stitching realistic thread painted pictures like the immaculate pieces by my dear friend Trish Burr or the ridiculously beautiful landscapes by Monica Kinner of My Sweet Prairie (have a look on Monika's flickr page and you will see what I mean) - I could never stitch like that in a million years.

What I have in mind is something a little more... impressionistic, perhaps?
I have had this postcard (a picture by Pete Dobre, a very talented Australian landscape photographer) for years. I realise that to some the Australian outback look barren and empty, but I love it. Yes lush forests, pristine beaches and green rolling hills are lovely, but there is something about the outback that gets under my skin. The size of the sky, the rough and tough nature of the vegetation and the red, red colours of the dirt. I want to stitch that...

...and I know full well that I don't really have time to do it at the moment, but I started anyway.

Only time will tell how long it will take (it is rather ambition in size, but how can you stitch a massive desert on a tiny piece of cloth?) or even when I will get back to it again. I am just revelling in stitches and colour and breathing in every minute I can sneak away from much more important things to stitch another bit of red, red dirt.

Anna x


  1. How amazing, only yesterday our little sewing group in Bathampton near Bath, were discussing making a small wall hanging for church on an Australian theme. The Founder of Australia Admiral Arthur Phillip, is buried actually inside our church. Your colouring is very inspirational _ thank you. I look forward to seeing your progress when time permits!

    1. That sounds like a fabulous idea. I would love to hear more about your project and (if time permits) visit when I am in Bath next August.

  2. How lonely and beautiful! The American Southwest has some similar coloring and wildness, I think (having never been to the Outback). It will look lovely when it's done. Have fun in Bangkok!

  3. Looks amazing - we've spent lots of time in the outback and love the red, red dirt - and also the immense starry sky at night. I like the way your choice of stitches and colour adds lots of texture - can't wait to see progress!

  4. I like the way that you have given the picture movement with the different stitches on the dunes. Looking forward to seeing your future progress. Enjoy Bangkok and your vacation afterwards.

  5. I love your chosen picture and your drawing is not taking anything away even if is a bit different.And same as Juno , I like a lot the use of different stitches . Enjoy the time off and have an easy travel .

  6. Lovely! I can't wait to see your progress on it. And I personally think ALL nature is beautiful in it's own way.

  7. Gorgeous - I like how your stitches show the contour and texture of the land. I've spent quite a bit of time in our American Southwest deserts, and am always awed by the shadows and land forms.

  8. Gorgeous picture, and I like how your stitches show the contour and texture of the land. I've spent quite a bit of time in the American (U.S.) southwest deserts, and am always awed by the land forms and shadows.

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