Sunday, 15 July 2012

Holidays and updates

Things have been rather quiet around here lately! Mostly due to a mix of holidays (exciting), and lack of crafting (not so exciting), but I'm back on the embroidery so never fear! Here's a little summary of the last month at The Awkward Niche.

We spent several days in the first week of our holidays in a lovely wooden wigwam on the banks of the beautiful Loch Tay. Not a lot of stitching or drawing was done except for one sketch which I'll feature later, but I took a few snaps of the very inspiring views, and generally just enjoyed thinking about neither work nor crafting very much. 
Our lovely wooden wigwam!
I drank as many hot chocolates as I could find!

The view from below the wigwams, featuring daughter.
Loch Tay beach at Kenmore, though apparently wellies are much more exciting than views!
I did make a lovely purchase when I was out though. If you are in the Highland Perthshire area and you love books and tea, I would heartily recommend a visit to The Watermill, a lovely bookshop/cafe/art gallery in Aberfeldy, all wrapped up in a  wonderful converted mill. We usually manage to make it here about once a year, so I always treat myself to a guilt-free book when we visit. They have a small crafty section, and this year I treated myself to the book on the left.
Books...lovely books!
I really fancy learning print-making, and although there are a number of courses in my area, I like the fact that this book teaches you printing techniques that you can then easily do at home, with a minimum of easy to find materials. Maybe if I try out some of the projects in this I'll enrol in a printing course. I also recently ordered the book on the right in the picture, in a bid to improve my photography. I only have a fairly old compact camera, and I don't really have plans to get anything bigger at the moment, so I need to get the best out of it. I think I was expecting this book to be smallish, but it's actually quite thick and full of excellent details. I've had a quick read through but need to spend some time really digesting it. I'd really like to improve my photos as I feel that sometimes they are quite poor (especially the shots of my poor wolfman!) so hopefully you might notice some improvements soon.

Back to the sketching I did get done on hols. I sat down with paper and pen one day and knocked up this cute little fella.

I liked this little fella a lot. I thought I would do the sleeping rabbit and tree in embroidery and then add appliquéd felt leaves and/or flowers. I liked it so much I started working it up when I got home and I ended up with this...
I stuck to just the leaves as I felt maybe the flowers would be too much. I did add some little french knot flowers in the grass though, I just couldn't resist. I was quite good and kept a note of most of my colour choices, stitches and thread numbers, so I hope to work this up into a full pattern when I have some time. I think he looks pretty relaxed, don't you?