Sweet Violet

After many, many hours, my Victorian beadwork violets are ready to be slipped into a pocket of my "shrinking violet" page of artist's book number three, Milk Thistle.



Milk Thistle will be an exploration of the language and symbolism of flowers; of the journey from sickness to recovery, and Romantic literature's preoccupation with tragic heroines.






The quick brown fox




These crafty little fellas have been stitched up ready to go in the Poesie Grenadine Etsy shop when I reopen it in January.

The foxy fellas had been tucked away in a sparkly box for many a month, but they were just crying out to be made up into cute little brooches. And doing so afforded me the perfect opportunity to practise my blanket/buttonhole stitch and couching. I think they're rather fetching, don't you? Their leaping stance puts me in mind of the old pangram "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" More brooch designs are brewing and will be shared here shortly...