Tom is away travelling in Germany and Poland this week with his history class, and I discovered a very nice way to spend an evening alone: listening to National Radio podcasts and practicing my chain stitch.
I made a dent in this stash of embroidery thread, and stitched onto some fine beige linen to make these little 'nature portraits' for our kitchen. Upon reflection, it might have been easier if I'd traced a design onto the fabric first, but it was quite fun and liberating to work free-hand, and let the stitches go where they wanted to. If you know what I mean.
I left the edges of the linen raw and slightly fraying inside their wooden frames. A bit of spring on the kitchen bench.