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A couple of years ago I was delighted to come across a vintage white metal brooch with spaces I could fill with stitching. An offcut of pelment vilene and a few french knots later, I created one of my first upcycled brooches.

So I was delighted when I found a very similar brooch recently. Pink vilene this time…

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…and tiny stem and lazy daisy stitches in a single strand of silk made tree branches with leaves.

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Another branch on the other side with cream french knots for cherry blossom and odd blossoms and leaves in the central section.

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Mounted into the brooch.

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And popped into my Etsy shop. Another quick finish.

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I did manage to finish the Travelling Book in time. Well, I was only an hour late to stitch club so that’s success for me! Those knots…

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So pleased with the effect of them en masse though.

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Done, dusted and passed on. Now for some fresh things to play with!

 

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This was the theme for the next travelling book to reach my hands and it very nearly undid me. I love poetry. I get huge pleasure from reading and writing and performing it and I couldn’t even whittle down my favourites to a long-list of 100 poems I could do without! But one line jumped straight into my head as I flicked through the pages.

“Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough…”

And I jumped at it. The other poetry could argue as much as it wanted. Picking the first poem to come to the front of the crowd (and sticking to it) was the only way to get anything stitched in a month!

The next thing was to find a suitable photo to work on. I’ve enjoyed the effect of stitching on paper recently and cherry blossom just lends itself to french knots. A vintage 1970s calendar picture of cherry blossom near Wray Castle in the Lake District was a good starting point. I trimmed the image and fused it to some indigo dyed cotton to make it easier to stitch.

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You do have to look closely…

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Better get back to the stitching – Saturday is coming up fast!

A Shropshire Lad. 1896

LOVELIEST of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

A. E. Housman (1859–1936)

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The branches are now fully fleshed out and the french knot blossoms are starting to bloom.

The flowers are clusters of five french knots in cream stranded silk with a blue double french knot in the centre.

I’m pleased with the way it’s developing.

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