Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Drifting on the breeze...

Summer has finally arrived properly. Each morning a spend I spend a bit of time in the garden, watering, pulling a few weeds, watering, picking veggies, watering....

It is busy in the vineyard also. We have had such a wet spring, the vines are going mad, so I have replaced my walks with tending the vines for a bit with farmer John most days. I had been neglecting my garden for a while, and had almost forgotten how much I enjoy pottering around, getting from fresh air, dirt on my hands and watching things grow. After lunch it is usually too warm to do much outside..

Leather hat mid 16th century, Museo Bagatti Valsecchi, Milan.
Copyright Martina a Martin Hribovi © 2006
Putting other stitching, kits, class projects aside I have enjoyed getting back to my floating man.
I had been pondering for some time just what kind of hat he would like; bowler, fedora, beanie, base ball cap, straw hat....???  'Strolling' around Pinterest, I came across this beautiful hat above. Isn't it just brilliant? I love the little brim and the decorative joining of the panels.
.. so my floating man got a hat....

... not as extravagant as the beautiful old hat but more like a straw-hat-come-beanie kind of hat. The ribs are created by whipping (I felt dreadful poking the needle through his head to place the foundation stitches) and a very long bullion knot for the brim.

He also got a face.. dreamily drifting on soft, fluffy cloud. I wonder what he is dreaming about ???

Below the hills grew, later summer hills and trees sprouted. I like stitching hills - filling curved shapes with patterns and stitches. Perhaps I will do a picture of the hills from the view of our house...

I finished the scarf.. row after row of blanket stitches, I stitched it onto a fine count even-weave linen. (I should have taken photos, sorry) and the unravelled the linen to remove the scarf. It worked a treat, so I am sure to be using that method again.

And then....

Drifting on the Breeze
...he is finished. Quietly floating along on the wind, while the earth passes beneath... no rush, just taking the time it takes. I wonder where he is going..?

Anna x


  1. That turned out very lovely! It was a joy to watch this project grow. And it is good to know that other people enjoy summer while we have half a metre of snow :).

  2. YOU should be on cloud nine yourself. So pretty!

  3. That scarf is fantastic! The piece is looking great!

  4. Such extraordinary work! It is all gorgeous. Snowing heavily as I type this to you. Enjoy your warmth and summer sunshine!

  5. I wonder where he is going too? He looks such a delightful man, at peace with himself and with his world. Wonderful Anna. Exquisite.

  6. Just thinking...he does look a bit alone. Do you think he may (eventually) have a companion?

  7. Such a coincidence ! That I have just this very evening been looking at a 16th centuryman's hat .https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18445161/with-image-31125/
    Also that over here in Cornwall, England, we are expecting our first big snow event of the winter..so completely the other way round to you . Hope you are making the most of your lovely sunny days . Love your sweet little dreamer in the clouds ! :)


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