Last weeks TAST stitch was 131 Beaded Lock Stitch and I have two versions at the bottom of the picture, aligned and offset.
This weeks TAST stitch is 132 Kikos flower. This pretty stitch can be worked with varying numbers of petals. I have added a stem to it to make it a proper plant.
I made good progress with my mini hexagons while I was in UK and have reached the outer edge. I have started adding hexagons to the outside now to turn over to form the edge.
Since I have been back I have received three lovely postcards.
The first to arrive was this one from Judy
depicting birch trees. The foliage is made using some of Judy's lovely dyed wools and is very textural and tactile.
Then came this card from Fiona
with some of her beautiful quilting inside each flower.
Then finally this scrumptious card from Jeannette
we agreed to swap cards on the theme of poppies. Jeannette has fused organza onto felt and added poppies, seed stitches and beads.
This is the card I sent to Jeannette
Shibori dyed cotton onto which I made a gold Markal rubbing of a poppy seed head and this was emphasised with hand stitch.
In August Philip found this huge caterpillar in our garden
which he identified as being the caterpillar of the Deaths Head Hawk Moth.
The caterpillar was imprisoned and fed and after about a week turned into a chrysalis.
Then today, this is what we found
a Deaths Head Hawk Moth! Isn't it amazing.
Well, if you have made it to the end of this post, thank you for your perseverance!
Hope you all have a great weekend - we are off to Rome next week for a few days and looking forward to our trip very much.