One of my favourite ways to relax is to do hand embroidery, and over the years I’ve embroidered quite a few pieces. These include a series of works based on bonsai trees, since my husband used to train bonsai as well as make exquisite handcrafted bonsai pots.
I was inspired by the challenge of creating a sense of depth and form, and by the beauty of the pots and the trees. I embroider using a single strand of thread at a time, building up the colours and tones. I used to spend a few hours a day on the embroideries, but they would still take me months to finish!
Here is an embroidery of a juniper tree, the trunk of this particular tree had a patch of silvery deadwood that intertwined with the live bark – it was one of my favourites.
I’ll be posting some more photos of other embroideries in the future, hope you enjoy my work!