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You may remember, that back in November, I exhibited with the fabulous Discover group of artists.

I’m thrilled to say that Discover is about to exhibit again, this time we’ll be at the lovely Mardleybury Gallery, near Knebworth, Hertfordshire, throughout June.

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Preparations…

There’s something you need to know about slow art…

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it doesn’t like to be rushed.

Preparations are going on at as fast a pace as I can manage for Discover.

I’m going to be showing a selection of my large stitched tapestries at Ivinghoe, and in addition, I’ll be introducing two new stitched triptychs.

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You’ll notice that spirals feature – yet again.

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I’ve been enormously happy recently to find a new supplier of hand-dyed silks. People keep asking me if want to try dying myself, and of course there is a part of me that is very interested, but there are only so many hours in a day and I use most of them for stitching – so when I discover someone already creating exquisite yarns, I’m just delighted to try them out.

There’s quite a lot of the new silk worked into the blue triptych, which is providing a gorgeous sheen that I find both lovely to look at and which feels beautiful too.

I’m sure I’m not the only person who gets a thrill from the sensation of stitching with silk – and it’s definitely not something you’d want to hurry…

A sneak preview…

Just off the frame – Hidcote Blues.

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It seems an eternity ago now, but back at the beginning of June, at what turned out to be the start of a stunning summer, I travelled across the Cotswolds to visit Hidcote Manor, near Chipping Campden.

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It was one of those amazing June days, early enough in the year to surprise you with its warmth, a day when the colours all around us felt super-saturated, almost too vivid. A day of colour, sounds, textures and many exotic scents.

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The perfect day to find yourself wandering through the maze of garden rooms which surround the Tudor manor house at Hidcote.

A busy day, but somehow the gardens absorbed us all, giving us a taste of tranquility. I fell in love with the irises – so many, so blue, so exquisite. I crouched at the edge of a lily pond to see the fish and was rewarded with a newt.

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Winding paths, views through hedges, meandering streams. We were spellbound – not quite Midsummer, but a dream nonetheless.

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Something of that afternoon planted itself in my mind. I’m no gardener, so instead I took to my medium – stitch.

Over the summer I’ve been working away at my response to that inspiring visit – Hidcote Blues…

And now it’s just come off the frame – not yet coaxed into shape, still raw, undulating, rolling.

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But I thought you might like a sneaky peep…

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Hidcote Blues.

Hand-stitched by Ann Pawley between June and September 2014.

Wool, silk and metallics on linen scrim.