Yesterday I was talking with a friend about how many of the things I do indoors – from reading to silk ribbon embroidery to stenciling my walls, doors and pots – usually involve flowers and greenery. This winter I started painting in watercolour so that I could paint the flowers in my garden.
My friend pointed out that how often flowers are represented in our indoor furnishings, textiles and decorations. We choose floral fabrics to cover the sofa and paintings of flowers to decorate the walls. It is as if we need to have little reminders of the outdoors especially during those times of year when all is brown and covered in snow. I think that is when I have my strongest urge to start a new embroidery project. I guess it is a longing to recreate my garden during the winter months.
I love creating my own flowers on a blank piece of fabric and then deciding on the ribbon colours. Sometimes I spend hours looking through the beautiful hand-dyed, variegated silk ribbons because I cannot quite decide on the colour combinations. Mostly I suspect it is because I love the feel of the ribbons and am mesmerized by the beautiful colours.
The two top pictures are closeup shots of the design on the top of the canvas wall hanging pictured here. The wall hanging has several rows of pockets which are meant to house paintbrushes and supplies.
One of these days I will take pictures of the blackberry vines which adorn the door and the walls in my upstairs bath. I have this need to be surrounded with memories of my outdoor life … and it a need that shows no sign of going away anytime soon!