Similarly I am planning on needlepoint projects for the long evenings and cold days when stitching rather than going out seems far more attractive. My students are also planning, at a recent open day here many chose a new project for their winter stitching.
Besides a design interesting colour schemes can be recorded so here is a bunch of dried flowers with a bunch of threads that would echo the shades well.
So, I have already got a piece ‘Aleppo’ on the go; I think I have already mentioned it inspired by an ornate ceiling in the Citadel in the city of Aleppo in Syria but in addition I always try to have a ‘piece to go’ something that can be popped in a bag to work on at odd moments. Spec cases are always good and make excellent presents. Kindle covers, Christmas tree ornaments likewise. We also have a clutch bag that can take panels to match different outfits – again a small canvas
This is just one of the panels with an amusing chain. Although the Duchess of Cambridge carries her signature clutch bags in her hand I do find a chain to pop over my shoulder more practical. I have amassed a collections of chains threaded through with velvet ribbon as well as this converted necklace.
Besides stitching I also love going to exhibitions, particularly in the Victoria & Albert Museum here in London. At present there is a sensational ‘Textiles of India’ show; I have been once but plan to go back soon as I allowed far too little time to thoroughly enjoy it. It will shut on 10 January 2016
Another exhibition I definitely plan to go to next summer is an exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace of paintings by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647 -1717) From the advance publicity it would appear to be of her Butterflies; however I am lucky enough to have her ‘New Book of Flowers’ and if the illustrations are anywhere as good as those in that book it will be an embroiderer’s dream.