I’ve been relaxing with some hand-sewing. I always forget just how soothing and contemplative it can be, especially when it’s going well. I’ve made some of pincushions like this one before, in fact, the first thing I ever sold at a craft fair was one like this:
This, on the other hand, is a new thing for me. The embroidery is couched silk threads, inspired by the amazing prehistoric rock carvings of the Newgrange prehistoric passage tomb in Ireland. I saw them many years ago now (errmm, about 25 to be exact!) but they made a huge impression on me.
It took forever to do this stitching, but it was so satisfying to create. I’m going to try selling it, but I’ve got to charge more than the usual just because of the time it took to make… I feel inclined to put ‘THIS TOOK AGES YOU KNOW!’ in my product description somewhere… but will resist and just go on about it here instead…!