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Category Archives: Jock’s projects
Jock seems to be getting quicker at these embroideries: it only seems five minutes since he finished the goslings. The idea for this one came from an advertiseent in the Radio Times. courtship or antagonism ruffled feathers suggest a fight … Continue reading
Another Jock embroidery of a goose and goslings – from a photo taken by my son, Robin James Smith. I don’t envy him doing such close work on a black background!
It’s been a funny old week Foggy mornings and evenings with mist, low cloud and drizzle in between. Wednesday afternoon was special: a poet friend brought another poet friend on the spur of the moment and the three of us … Continue reading
Cheered by breath of summer warmth Lunch and a nap on the patio three days in a row. Is this a record? The network of contrails in the sky signals that holiday traffic is in full swing (see Thursday’s post). … Continue reading
Here is Jock’s latest embroidery, just finished. Mister Fox is enchanting, and I think it’s one of my clever husband’s best. These embroideries are known as peinture avec l’aiguille (painting with the needle) in France, and Jock’s are done … Continue reading
Jock has finished two embroideries this week. He did a head and shoulders of our neighbour on her wedding day, but wasn’t satisfied, so he did another one:and for want of anything better to do, he started one of a … Continue reading
Sublime creator, house builder embroiderer cabinet-maker dental husband crafts hard brown wood, harder grey stone, brightly coloured silks, tamed, sandpapered, placed one above two, pointed, polished, cosseted, smoothed. Hardly fast, but well thought out, impetuosity checked and cogitated so … Continue reading
I am a mobile spirit level No sooner do I sit down with Lappy to write my usual fatuous six-word-Saturday than I am summoned to the workshop to adjudicate on the level of Jock’s electric drill …again … and again. … Continue reading
Jock’s daughter wanted him to make her an occasional table, but he hated the photograph she sent. So he set to and designed his own, using cherry wood from a tree he cut down donkey’s years ago, in the garden … Continue reading
Jock has finished and framed his latest embroidery today, of Celie’s peacock Mister Flowers. You can find lots more about the beautiful inhabitants of the Kitchen’s Garden here Jock insists I add that Mister Flowers is the one on the … Continue reading
Jock’s latest embroidery of Dan, his grand-daughter Jessica’s pony The triptych is all the same pony.
Yet another chain has emerged from a 3 metre long piece of oak, under Jock’s skilled hands. The method should be evident from the pictures. He’s now looking for a string of LED lights to thread through it. He … Continue reading
Clear blue sky family coming good I learned a new poetic form this week called a hainaku which consists of three lines, three, two and one words. Perfect for 6-w-S My oldest nephew and his wife arrive today for a … Continue reading
The Hutts bought Jock an apple tree for his 80th birthday but he can’t have it in France so we are looking after it for him. I thought you would like to see photos of Jock’s first apple.