May 15, 2018
It's been the time of year when walking through my local woodland, I really start to feel the change of season. I just love the way the morning sun light glistens through the trees and gets defused by a gentle morning mist as it floats off up from the woodland floor. Finding inspiration comes naturally at such times, to come across a blanket of emerging Blue Bells is the charm of charms and Bees rely heavily on the flowers’ nectar in the spring, when there is not much nectar to be had, but sometimes they ‘steal’ it by biting a hole in the bottom of the bell. Half of the total bluebell population is found in the United Kingdom. so if you can go and enjoy this inspirational display before the tree canopy forms and blocks out the light sending them back to their bulbous state to wait quietly for another year.
Blue Bells and Willows was designed at least ten years ago but I remember it well, I was sitting in my small studio in a craft center I used to rent at the time, starring out the window begging for inspiration, I eventually focused on a single stem of blue bells struggling for space amongst it’s bullying weed neighbors, growing next to a wall. I spent the rest of the day and probably night sketching and doodling ideas, struggling to think of a pretty and balanced way to put the design together and wanting a design with symmetry, I started to think about Art Nouveau Jewellery. And Nouveau Bells and Willows was born. I wanted to create a simple kit for the beginner to Crewel Embroidery but with a timeless but not to sentimental design, which could work anywhere once finished.
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