You may recall that this book is a project from Nifty Needles, a sub-group of the Embroiderer’s Guild, where we explore contemporary textile techniques and experiment with new and unusual materials. The group decided each would make a book to show what was covered during the year, to a theme of their own choosing. Initially I planned to make my pieces only 5 x 7 inches, and my theme was Inside the Front Gate, which I thought would give me plenty of scope to do just about anything. As we went along, I found the small size restrictive, so some pieces are larger – hence the need to make a uniformly sized background, which has become the page. Experience is a good teacher, if doing it again it would be quite different in many ways, and my theme would be something much more simple.
There was more rain today, so I have been stitching, and completed a few more backgrounds …….not sure if I like them all, but here they are. The colours of these photos are not quite right either, as it has been such a dark day…… I think they will look better when all bound together into the finished book, however, looking at this now, I think I might redo the stitching on the background for this tree trunk piece for starters…….