Monday, March 11, 2013

getting ready

It is harvest time - almost...

The Shiraz grapes are suitably overripe and we will be picking on Wednesday. As anyone who grows anything would know, the lead-up to harvest is always a bit stressful and it will be such a relief when it is all safely at the winery. It doesn't seem that long ago that we covered the entire vineyard in nets and today pulled them all off again. 
It was hot work so it was wonderful to come in, have a long cold shower and then be surprised by the lovely feedback on Blue Birds. Thank you so much - it means a lot to me. I am glad the tip about using interfacing to protect your work was helpful. Really, it was one of those fabulous things I discovered a bit by accident and it is great to be able to share it. 

I just realised that Easter is not far away and when I sat down and put my feet up after we had finished working, I made this little doodle sketch inspired by William Morris 'Brer Rabbit'.
'Brer Rabbit' - William Morris (1882).
This fabric was designed as a tribute to Uncle Remus books first published in 1881, and a favourite of the Morris family.
I love how Morris' rabbits try to hide under the large leaves, like they are ducking for cover in the garden so nobody will discover them. My little bunny is sitting rather comfortably under a flowering bush. It needs a little bit of work if I am to do anything with it but might make a fun Easter project of some sort. I am not quite sure what... worked in crewel would be quick and fairly straight forward, it could also look pretty in silk or perhaps it would be interesting in stumpwork too. What do you think?

Happy Stitching,
Anna x


  1. Sua idéia é excelente! Estou curiosa para ver o resultado final, certamente será lindo!
    Boa semana, um abraço!

  2. Stumpwork, of course! The challenge of balancing padding on the bunny with raising his surroundings would make for a fascinating series of posts!

    1. mmmm - it is very tempting :-)
      For now it is sitting on my desk looking at me.

  3. I would love to try stump work ..but you could use padded satin stitch on the berries and most prominent petals,thread painting on the leaves and Jan Kerton of Windflower Embroidery technnique of velour applique for the bunny. The tip about the interfacing as a project protector is fantastic! From gardening my hands seem to wlways have a rough patch that wants to snag a thread...ewww....Good Luck with the harvest!

    1. Hi Robyn, glad you found that little hint helpful.

  4. Hi Anna,
    I too have been inspired by Morris designs lately. His sense of balance and ability to layer objects is just delightful!
    Liebe Grusse,