I can't believe it's April already! I haven't even had time to so much as pick a daffodil.
March was an incredibly busy month with the Yarn Festival and Falkland Craft Market and both were brilliant. I am now working flat out to make for the next Falkland Market on April 18th and Open Studios on 2nd, 3rd and 4th May.
I always make a few larger pieces for Open Studios as I have the advantage of wall space to display my work. I had made a few small felt pictures earlier this year with little thistles in the foreground and wanted to try some bigger versions.
This was my first larger one at 34 x 34 cm. It's not that big but certainly bigger than my usual 12 x 17 cm. I've put the smaller one in the photo for comparison.
When I'm planning my composition, I roughly needle in some fibres to give me an idea of where I will place the main features. Those green blobs became these thistles below.
The piece above sold the day I finished it so I was back to square one making work for Open Studios.
I wanted to try more thistles in a pinkier tone on a lighter background. Thistle Bothy below is also 34 x 34 cm before framing.
Since taking this photo I have added a few daisy like flowers in among the thistle stems and made the lupin stems more visible. I think both these pictures will make lovely cushions so look out for them later this month.
I have lots of other new pieces in progress this month and hardly a moment to blog about it.
Open Studios North Fife brochures are now available to pick up from outlets of Waterstones Bookshops in Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy, Aberdeen and Glasgow. Look out for them at cafes, libraries and shops around the North Fife area as well.
You can collect them from me at the next Falkland Craft Market on Saturday 18th April or download the brochure online here
You can find my entry on the website here with a map on how to find my venue.