This time there were no rules to the book, so I looked through some of my finished pieces for inspiration and came up with an indigo dyed leaf stitched onto hand made silk paper from the workshop we did at Embroiderers’ Guild in May. With some lovely scraps of indigo dyed fabric coming to light in the same rummage, my idea started to take shape.
I coloured the background with an indigo coloured Inktense block and mounted the silk paper on top. The skeleton leaf was dyed with indigo by the lady who did the workshop and I used variegated Caron silk thread to stitch it down.
Then I tackled the facing inspiration page.
I scattered it with scraps of frayed indigo fabric and used a blue ink pen to write on some as well as the page.
I used water colours to copy an image of an indigo plant from the internet to fill the centre of the page. It’s a very long time since I did anything like this so goodness knows why I thought it was a good idea to do in somebody’s precious travelling book! But it didn’t turn out badly.
It is very different in style to anything else in the book and I rather held my breath when I handed it in last Saturday but the owner of the book was utterly delighted. Thank goodness!!