Dots, Stripes and Good News
Let’s start with the very good news: my father is home from hospital, and is doing very well indeed. Apart from a slight slurring of his speech when tired – and he gets tired very easily – along with a slight slowing down, his recent stroke has left little evidence. He’s still not able to write very legibly yet, but he was working on his computer program within three hours of being home. Not bad for nearly 94!
Getting his house ready for his return was a chore as the central heating boiler needed repair, but that was fixed just in time to warm things up before he arrived. And his friends and neighbours and carers have been brilliant. A huge thank-you to Hereford hospital for their marvellous work in getting him through this. He is truly grateful to them, and they looked after him well, but oh, he is so very pleased to be out of there and back in his own home!
While I was down with him on Saturday, two lions were being put through their paces on the far side of the railway line. With two hedges and two wire fences between Dad’s garden and the circus’s winter quarters, my attempts to take photos of the lions failed. Then there was a tiger, and I tried video. It’s only a short clip and very much obscured by the intervening twigs and fencing, but at least you can see the tiger is not a figment of my imagination. I can’t post video on this blog, so here’s a link to the clip on Flickr.
Meanwhile the primrose embroidery is making steady progress. I spent a long, long time debating what stitches to use for the leaves. I wanted something with a finished effect rather like tiny French knots to create the texture I had in mind. After a lot of head-scratching and staring at stitch dictionaries, I thought: well, why not use French knots then? I’d hesitated because I imagined that working the knots as small as I wanted them would be very slow and awkward. After a little experiment, I used three strands of the 6-thread Devere Yarns filament silk with a single twist to the knot, which gave me the detail I wanted without being too fiddly to manage. All those little dots of colour are certainly slow to work, but not too slow to see progress. So far I have two leaves finished and the third just started. I love the way the three textures catch the light: shiny petals, less shiny stalks and the leaves with very little shine.