The little dragon who drank a river

•October 18, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Thirsty little dragon.

When I first drew him I thought he was spewing out the river inthe manner of a baroque dolphin, but then I had a “duh” moment as I realised he must, in fact, be drinking it, because water deosn’t flow up hill

watermill

•October 10, 2019 • 6 Comments

The watermill is Gareth’s favourite pub when he’s at his sister’s in Windermere, they have thier own range of beers, all named after dogs. I was very disappointed when they got flooded out and replaced thier classy pub carpet with little watermills woven into it with a boring generic one. I love pub carpets, the uglier the better -there’s something about the way they seem to be designed to look pre-vomited upon that just amuses me.

Anyway, this one isn’t a pub, it’s an actaul watermill. I think this is actaully the first time I’ve done a building in laid and couched work.

I’m not sure about the white highlights on the thatch, I think they look a bit too much like snow.

As you can see, they been have trouble with break-ins lately, so they had to take measures.

I made a thing, please buy one

•October 4, 2019 • 3 Comments

I made 2020 women’s labours of the months calendars.

 

you know you want one. You know everyone you know wants one for Christmas. You know if you buy these for everyone your Christmas shopping is done and dusted.

And you know they’re a bargain.

https://www.opusanglicanumembroidery.com/product/2020calendar/24?cp=true&sa=true&sbp=false&q=false

experiments with earth and water

•September 27, 2019 • 6 Comments

THe first part of the peasant fantasy included a few challenging bit, one being the water flowing through the mill.

I did the background laidwork from top to bottom, rather than from side to side, which would have been quicker, and them did lots of swirly white trailed couching to represent the eddying water. the background laidwork is also a mixture of pale and mid blues, grey and green. I was worried that mixing the background colours as well as adding the trailed couching might be a bit much, but i think it worked out ok. there were some fish traps in the water in the ms, but I decided to leave them out because I felt there was already enough going on there

In the original psalter the green bank just looks like a big lump of green upon initial inspection, but if you look closely there a faintly sketched plants. So I decided to work outline plants in a paler green. Again, I initially thought this was going to be way too subtle,

But I really like that too. there’s a lovely textural contrast that doesn’t come over so well in the pictures. I think anything more obvious would have argued with the water too much.

luttrell music fantasy finished

•September 20, 2019 • 16 Comments

Like the others this is roughly two feet by five.

 

wool on wool, some silk for faces, all naturally dyed

this one ended up getting more modern touches then the other – the subject matter rally lends itself

 

guthlac

•September 13, 2019 • 23 Comments

So I’ve started on guthlac, panel one, and made a horrendous drafting mistake(it’s not the fact that Guthlac has no top of his head – that’s just because I haven’t given him any hair yet). So my question is…

Can you spot it, and if so, how long did it take you?

wierd crap I do with leftovers threads

•September 8, 2019 • 4 Comments

for no apparent reason

 

 
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