Where have the first three months of the year gone? With all of the madness going in around us I think it is time to take a deep breath and try to see the brighter side. For me it is that there will be even more time for stitching.
Unfortunately, as of Wednesday afternoon, the Royal School of Needlework has had to close our classroom, so for the remainder of this term we have moved to online classes. We will each be working from home, using online groups to keep in contact, and our brave tutors are going to try to inspire and keep us moving forward to complete the pieces that are currently underway. It’s a whole new world for both the students and the RSN, but for an institution that will be soon celebrating its 150th year, what is a new challenge but an opportunity to change and grow.
The major piece that I am currently working is a shaded Blackwork stitched portrait. Blackwork can be so very time consuming and I am quickly realising that this piece is likely to take a lot longer than any other I have completed so far on this course – yes even longer than that pesky Goldwork I just finished. I am learning so much with this piece, including that the portrait I have chosen to stitch contains all of the elements that make getting a realistic and lifelike portrait particularly difficult. Along with the expected eyes, nose, lips and hair, my portrait includes glasses, teeth, an ear with earring, floral clothing, and a lovely network of character lines across the face. I did set myself a challenge!
I am doing a lot of stitch sampling and then reconsidering/redoing constantly in an effort to get all of these elements to look just right.
Along with the stitching that fills so much of my day I had been looking forward to a family visitor and getting to catch-up, but like for so many others, that is not going to be possible now.
I am still trying to take in some of the beautiful countryside around this part of the U.K. and to celebrate Spring here are some photos from the gardens at Hampton Court Palace.
The Palace has also closed its doors to visitors as of today, but the gardens will remain open and provide a wonderful place to breathe some fresh air – I am so lucky to live near here and have this to escape to. I hope you are enjoying your local open spaces as well.
Take care and stay well.