My next embroidery project is in the hoop! I have spent the last few days pulling together some images and flicking through my vintage books for floral inspiration. I have also pulled out the fabrics and some of the threads that I think will work with the colour palette I am using. This piece is going to be a framed picture; an antique style wooden beehive surrounded by flowers in delicate blues, soft whites and poppy red. I have sketched a (very rough) design just to give me something to work from in terms of sizing and placement but now that the beehive is in situ I can just randomly add flowers and grasses to where I think they look best as I work. I prefer that my embroidery develops in this way because it means that each piece is unique.
I have cleared my diary to ensure that I have plenty of time to work on the beehive and there are a few films that I've been wanting to watch for ages (Testament of Youth, XandY and Enchanted April) so I'm going to have a really lovely week!
I joined a restorative yoga class last Tuesday and I'm off to my second session tomorrow. It is absolutely the most wonderful thing I have treated myself to in ages. The venue is beautiful, the teacher is hugely inspiring and the practise is just what I need to help calm my busy mind. The yogi, Lisa, also teaches on the use of essential oils for wellbeing and I went to a workshop on Friday evening. It was amazing. Such a warm and nurturing experience. I am skeptical of the benefits these things claim to bring but also open-minded and wanted to give it a try. I created a personal blend, with input from Lisa, specifically to help me focus and clear my mind. I spritz myself every morning before I sit down to a ten-minute guided meditation (I like the app 'Calm' which I use on my phone) and - I am not kidding - I have been so productive every day! I feel like I have magic fairy dust shooting through my veins, haha! Next I think I'd like an essential oil blend to stop me eating so much chocolate.....
Thanks for stopping by; have a great week.