During one of my walks in mid-fall, I noticed this local planting of roses. They were one of the last things I saw bloom before winter set in. Their bright pink color was cheering as all the gardens around them went to sleep.
I made these embroidered crocuses during a quiet moment. There wasn’t much of a plan in making them, but all the same it was a pleasant exercise.
These beautiful fall flowers were nearby on one of my walks.
I spotted these fluffly little flowers while walking along the road. The flowers sure are blooming late- see all the fresh, crunchy leaves on the ground?
Edit: I have learned these are called Blue Mistflowers.
This is an American plant that is EVERYWHERE and very difficult to remove from the garden due to its enormous taproot. If you leave even a bit of the root, the entire plant comes back next season, and the root goes very far into the ground. To top it off, the plant is poisonous to humans (though songbirds eat the berries just fine), and so you have to be careful with it. Colonial Americans would use the fermented berries as an ink to write with, and my research shows that it was a lovely red-purple color, like the darker part of the berry stems on this image. I would love to have the opportunity to use for my art such a beautiful ink made of plants native to my home (though I’d have to be very careful while using it!)
Delicious when mixed into softened, salted butter and allowed to set overnight to increase flavor. Perfect for a savory bread.
This is one of the best salads I’ve ever made (and one of the prettiest, too!) with home-grown kale and mixed greens, topped with pansies!
…and india ink. I’m starting to figure this pen out, but I’ve got a lot more practice ahead of me.
I like the chamomile flowers better than the teacup design.
From my sketchbook comes the new banner, a design of Shasta daisy and Shasta daisy leaves! I used colored pencils and india ink on bristol to make this drawing.
A bouquet of pink flowers, yarrow, and a hydrangea-inspired flower, all on natural linen envelope bags lined with brown cotton calico. The snaps on the bags are new-old-stock vintage. The pink bouquet was a great opportunity to play around with multiple colors and stitches, and I especially like that the stems are long stitches all tied together with another piece of thread. The hydrangea and especially the yarrow were fun ways to make a visual effect by repeating the same stitch lots of times. Did I mention how much I enjoy french knots?