Happy New Year!

A little late I know, but I hope you have a wonderful 2016!

What a year 2015 turned out to be. The highlights for me were meeting so many fabulous people at the Discover group exhibitions we held in June and November. I feel enormously lucky to be part of such a supportive and energetic group – and I’m very much looking forward to events in 2016.

But now it’s back to the frame! Lots of stitching to do.

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This is the palette for my current piece – not too difficult to guess what inspired it…

For more of the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of my stitching and day-to-day life, please pop over to my blog Dreaming In Stitches, or follow me on Instagram or Twitter.

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Celebrating slow art…

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brian

I spend most of my time hand-stitching canvas embroideries – I know, weird isn’t it! There are pictures of my work over in the gallery (click on the menu).

Much of my inspiration comes from nature and the changing seasons and also from my fascination with the landscape and heritage of the British Isles.

This is my quiet, contemplative space – if you want to find me being much more chatty, visit me at Dreaming In Stitches…

Excited…

Well, it seems you just can’t stop us once we get going… 

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autumn swirl

After having such a good time exhibiting at Invinghoe in September, a group of the most local artists have decided to do it again at the end of November.

The venue at Ivinghoe Community Hub is ideal for showing artwork and as I’ve said before, the people there are just wonderful – so enthusiastic and enormously helpful. So we’re delighted to be going back, this time, just before Christmas, we’ll be showing all sorts of art that will make excellent original and affordable gifts.

We’re still arranging the fine details, so I’ll let you know more as soon as we’ve finalised times etc – watch this space.

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.