This is the second piece for the journal I’m creating for our Lake District holiday. It was inspired by the intense rusty orange of the dead bracken stalks on the side of the fell as viewed from the lounge.
I used a mixture of three different threads on my needle, a single strand of silk floss, a single strand of cotton floss and a length of variegated very fine mercerised cotton. A square of paper was backed with masking tape to stabilise it and I used free cross stitch, french knots and long and short stitch to fill the space as the dead bracken stalks filled the fellside.
Blocks of ‘stone’ were created by building up layers of gesso which were then painted to echo the colour of the green Langdale slate
Underneath the embroidery I used some of the amazing pencils I bought from the Lakeland Pencil Museum in Keswick to make colour swatches.
And I also stuck in a beech leaf, found on the aborted walk in question, which fitted in with the colours I was using.
Windows cut in the previous page give glimpses through.