A very good friend is soon to have a 60th birthday which will be celebrated on Sunday at a well known local restaurant where I have not yet been. The invitation asked for no gifts, but that does not seem right for someone as generous and helpful as she is. My friend is partly responsible for me choosing this area in which to live as I first thought seriously about the possibility after talking to her when visiting the tree farm where she grows advanced trees. They are mostly deciduous ones which do so well in the cool climate, and amongst the many are Scarlet Oaks (Quercus coccinea) which are quite spectacular in Autumn when they turn a brilliant red. I made her a little thing – a book mark, using one of the dry leaves from my Scarlet Oak as a pattern – I hope she likes it.
It is made from silk fibres embellished onto woollen felt – two pieces worked separately then needled together with the embellisher machine and embroidered by hand.
The finished article…….