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Thursday 13 June 2013

Bee Orchids

After a glorious day yesterday when we were able to sit outside with friends until midnight it is now pouring with rain again.
Before the rain started this morning I managed to get round the garden and photograph a few orchids.

This is a bee orchid - Ophrys apifera.

I have seen a dozen or so around the garden - they seem to be particularly strong plants this year.

This is a variation - I have only found one of these.

We also have plenty of Pyramidal Orchids - Anacamptis pyramidalis.

I have been dying fabric to use with one of the fat quarters that I won a few months ago in the spring blog hop from Sherry.

These are the fabrics I have dyed.
I always add some threads when I am dying - the finer one is coton a broder, the thicker one is sashiko thread. Although all three pieces of fabric were gathered up in the same way only the marine violet piece shows the pattern clearly. The other two pieces are larger and I think I was unable to draw them up as tightly.

Here are my fabrics with the fat quarter from Sherry.
 I am pleased with my colour choices and now have to set to work cutting them up.

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  1. those fabrics you dyed look wonderful together...

  2. That's really neat that you can grow orchids like that in your yard! Nice job dyeing the fabric and I like the movement that you can see in the purple. What a fun main print you have to work with! Have you decided what quilt pattern you're going to do?
    Have fun,

  3. Hi Lin the bee orchid is gorgeous. Its been raining here all day to. Perfect day for staying indoors and sewing but alas I did housework instead. Like the colours scheme you have chosen ready for the next project. :)

  4. wow loving those little orchids growing au naturale.
    perfect matching with those fabrics and threads.
    look forward to seeing what they become.


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