Pugs, gout and taxidermy

 

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Ulas and Merve photographer duo

Back at home with the folks after a tremendous week of cushion dealing at Ely Cathedral Flower Festival 2018. And not just cushions, a new range of screen printed, embroidered textiles in the form of light shades and footstools has been launched and warmly received by all the curious and discerning customers this week. As promised bespoke orders are now being taken.

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screen printed embroidered light shades

Rook customers, as well as being both curious and discerning bring with them unusual and challenging requests, gifts of wool blankets, chocolate, strong coffee, fudge and quotes.

And the quotes…

walking past – a double take – ‘they’re slightly more appealing than taxidermy’

and late in the day after a number of hours in the increasing heat of the craft marquee a fellow stall holder on my shiny new footstools…  ’almost worth getting gout for’

In the future I will be offering a discount for gout sufferers.

Now order must be restored in the workroom ready for July’s Cambridge Open Studios. Download the app and come on over, I will be here with the whippet and new work. See you soon.fower festival

 

 

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an armadillometer and some badgers

Ten blankets!

Delivered by hand, by vintage Rover, by post, dropped off with third parties and shared with cups of tea.

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Totaliser by Daisy

Thank you!

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Blankets are already in use,

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and sitting well alongside badgers on linen.

linen badgers

Now for a hare and tortoise.

rainy days

This week I have diversified.

For a few hours I became an informal florist assistant arranging beautiful flowers in a very informal fashion.

Love in a mist,

love in the mist 

Lady’s mantle

lady's mantle

Hydrangea

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alongside  Peonies, Roses and Stocks.

I filled  jugs with wonderful combinations of blues, greens and cream

Peonies in a Blue and White Vase by Henri Fantin-Latour
Peonies in a Blue and White Vase by Henri Fantin-Latour

all to be taken to church in the early hours of Sunday morning with bouquets and buttonholes ready for a wedding.  I think it will have been a beautiful event and have heard that the bride loved the flowers.

 

Today I started a leaping hare on linen.

linen hare

I think he may be one of several because sewing on that linen is simply wonderful!

p.s. Apologies for the lack of Blanket Appeal updates. The blanket situation is looking much healthier and this will be illustrated as soon as the rain stops.  My Totaliser is created from chalk on a garden wall and is looking a bit sad.  When the sun shines I promise.