Every year I try to get out for as many walks and outings as possible in May. It is the time of year when the English countryside is at its most most beautiful, with vibrant shades of green, hedge parsley in every verge, and sunlit views against steely grey skies. When it came to choosing a landscape to stitch last year, I settled on this scene, less than ten minutes' walk from our house, and set to work.
It wasn't easy. Many a time I felt like giving up, but the prospect of entering it into the annual 12 x 12 exhibition at Midsomer Quilting made me carry on.
For speed and the sheer pleasure of it, the holly tree was the greatest joy to stitch. I am looking forward to concentrating on more trees in the future.
By contrast, the most difficult part was where the hedges on both sides of the lane appear to merge together and the track disappears into shadow. The track actually takes a right angled bend to the right, so the hedge on the left cuts across the picture. To make it even more difficult, the top of the hedge blurs into another hedge and line of trees into the middle distance. I had to make sure that the great mass of greenery didn't end up as a great mess of thready scribble. It took a while, partly because it took me a while to distinguish what was what on the photo, and then because I was worried that if I rushed I would ruin it. In the end, taking the time paid off.
Here is the picture I worked from, a square section from a photo I took in 2016. However hard I tried, the shades of the threads couldn't capture the glorious colours of that day.
When I visited the 12 x 12 Exhibition in December I was told that a lady had walked into the room, seen my picture, and recognised the lane instantly. On hearing that, suddenly all the effort felt worthwhile. I was delighted.
Free Motion Mavericks is at Andrée's blog this week so I'm linking up.
Also linking up to Sarah's blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
and Nina Marie's blog Creations... Quilts, Art....Whatever for Off The Wall Friday