OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY....
Brace yourselves...craft is featured this week. Good huh? Pity it's not mine :-D All will be revealed in a minute.
First things first - I had a wonderful trip back to Wiltshire last week. Julia and I simply took up where we left off our conversation. We kept looking at our watches wondering just how another couple of hours had zipped past without us noticing. We went to Salisbury for a little light retail therapy...here we are outside Fabricland!
I love this pic! I bought a few things like zips, fusible fleece and thread, nothing earth shattering but useful nevertheless! Our time went too quickly - I'm already looking forward to the return visit.
We are entertaining our friend Kate, who is over from New Zealand. We went to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales...I wasn't expecting this....
It was like an alien had landed in the depths of the Carmarthenshire landscape! This held the desert and temperate plants, there was a double walled garden, wonderful water features, a folly and a butterfly house. Incidentally, it may amuse you to learn that the Welsh for butterfly is Pilipala!
There were exhibits of sculpture dotted around the grounds as well. Seven massive tree stumps were arranged on the ground - they were fallen trees from the Gabon, representing the deforestation there and have been sited in Trafalgar Square, Oxford University, the Earth Summit at Copenhagen before coming to their final resting place here. They were enormous and very poignant..
There was also a gallery featuring a textiles exhibition - here comes someone else's crafting!!
This piece was against a window and was made from layers of voile with lace and machine embroidery..gorgeous.
This water feature is in the gardens and the embroidery caught it just right..the fountain sprays were made of silvery beads.
I loved this blue felt applique work...I could live with this on my wall...
The Botanical Stitchers had created panels featuring many of the plants found in the gardens....
...and they, together with the Carmarthenshire Embroiderers Guild, made this very large piece (6 x 8 foot) about the plants of South Africa - the detail was quite stunning.
We really enjoyed our visit there and intend to join for a year as it'll be a constantly changing environment - I can't wait to see the herbaceous borders in full glory.
Life continues to be rather busy, let's see if I manage to make anything this week, lol!