February is usually not my favourite month, full of grey days and so long for such a short month. But, this year seems different. Every dog walk this month seems to have brought different weather and there has been grey and plenty of wet and wind but all punctuated with beautiful sunny days that make me feel as though spring is already here. Our regular walk takes us to a nature reserve at Marazion; the ponds there seem full of bird life, herons, snipe, Canada geese, grebe, egrets and even the everyday mallard. There are more gulls along the way, herring gulls, black backed gulls and black headed gulls. We even have a friendly black redstart who lives in the rocks at the start of the path. Sadly my camera is not quite up to photographing birds at a distance. I'm really enjoying the repetition of our walk, noticing the subtle changes and learning to recognize some of the smaller birds we see along the way.
On the sunniest day I took the afternoon off and sauntered around the marshes with the boy watching the birds and enjoying the sun while it lasted with no stitching and no computer in sight. What a perfect way to spend time, I feel so lucky to be able to do it.
Last week, after soaking black beans for a chilli, I remembered that I had read somewhere that I could dye with the soaking water so I grabbed two jars put black bean water in one and tea in the other then popped a piece of linen and a piece of bandage into each jar. I put them on the windowsill and forgot about them. these are the colours that came out. I should add that I haven't mordanted them so while the tea fabric will probably be okay I suspect the black bean might fade in too much light.
I am going to start a little slow stitching project with them using the beautiful Linblomman linen threads that I bought in Falmouth. A perfect project now the weather has decided to go back to bitter wintery cold again! I'm looking forward to getting back in from a cold Sunday dog walk and sitting with a cup of tea and my stitching.
I am feeling rather pleased with myself for being a little ahead of the game for a change with my Easter spring pattern all ready and in my shop this week!!
The pattern is a very simple one that I love framed in the hoop but I think would look lovely on a little Easter bag too.
I have also been spending a little (possibly too much) time on pinterest this week gathering beautiful pictures of stitchy goodness and some stitch tutorials Are you a pinterest addict too? I think I could lose myself for quite a long time in pinterest land!
This coming week I'm going to be focusing on some flower stitching and a little bit of unicorn stitching along with quite a bit of drawing for a project that I am quite excited about.
I hope you are enjoying your February and finding some cosy (or cool depending on where you are) stitching time