|The remaining gable of Gisborough Priory|
Our walk centred on the Monks' Walk which is in the photo at the end of my last post and which was established by 1773.
|Monks' Walk - a double avenue of lime trees|
|The (adult) figure on the left gives some idea of scale...|
|The priory is in the background along with another adult to give a sense of scale|
After wandering round for quite a while (I could have stayed longer but it was freezing!) we walked back across the car park to the Knot studio and (after a warming cup of tea) set to work sketching out ideas and playing with fabric.
|At the end of the workshop.|
|Adding more stitching.|
|Close up of the trees and background stitching.|
|Close up of the snowdrops.|
I was aiming to create a sense of a drift of snowdrops that the eye could follow through the trees and wanted to give a sense of scale and make the trees very tall (hence no tree tops. I also wanted them to appear slightly ghost-like, partly as a reference to the past and partly because I wanted a very delicate look to the picture. (Get me, I'm at risk of sounding like I know what I'm talking about!) I stretched the picture over a canvas block (using the staple gun brought back many memories of hours stood on a chair creating classroom displays!) and it'd now hanging in my parents' front room. My mam has a 'thing' about snowdrops and she gave strict instructions about what she wanted (snowdrops on a canvas block where the picture went round the sides of the block!). In fact she said that if the picture didn't have snowdrops on it she'd be sending me back for another go!! I had a lot of fun making it and will definitely be making some other 'arty' fabric pictures in the future...once I've made some more quilts!
I know this post already has lots of photos but I wanted to share some of Archie and Alfie that I took a few days ago.
|What's that? You want what?|
|Oh, you want a photo of my bandage, well why didn't you say so?!!|
|There's no way you're getting this bed, it's mine!|
(The bed - really the cushion from an Ikea footstool! - is now wrapped in a towel as someone (naming no names but he's big and grey) ripped the other one whilst he was being a bit overenthusiastic with his bed scratching!)
Archie has had another blood test which is why he's got a lovely red bandage on his leg...and a bald patch!
|Please stop pointing out my bald patch - it's not nice to laugh at the afflicted!|
|I've heard about male pattern baldness but this isn't what I was expecting!|
That feels like a bit of a miserable finish to the post so here's another cute photo of Archie. There's a pile of bath towels next to the wall in the front room as they're waiting to be cut into smaller 'dog' towels and he decided that he'd ignore the nice comfy quilt on the floor and make one of these into his bed...
|What?! It's surprisingly comfortable!!|
I haven't taken the group hexy photo yet so I'm afraid you (and I!) will have to wait a bit longer to see them altogether but I'll hopefully get it done sometime next week - I can't wait to see how they all look!
Must go, it's my niece's Christening tomorrow and I'm being picked up before 9am so I need an early night!! Hope you're having a lovely weekend!