I've finished the surface decoration on my owl and I'm quite pleased with how he looks so far.
Just look at this stump - doesn't it look like an owl's face? It's part of an old stump at the end of a hedge. We see it every day but yesterday I saw it with fresh eyes.
In other pottery news, here is a bowl I've just finished. It was made using a method called 'coiling' and I've carved a pattern into the surface.
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The other thing I had fun making was this leaf dish. I used a leaf from our beautiful Fatsia Japonica bush. This is a descendent of a plant we had in our very first home and each time we've moved house I've taken a cutting with us. I love its architectural shape, it's evergreen with beautiful glossy green leaves and it has beautiful flowers in October/November followed by berries in the winter.
I pressed a leaf into the clay then cut around it. I then scratched into the clay to emphasise the lines of the veins.
Sadly I won't be able to continue with the next term as the weather often gets too bad to be trekking out at night. I'd really like to go back later next year though as I really enjoy working with clay, although it does irritate the arthritis in my hands
Knitting and crochet bits
Christmas knitting continues apace. Crochet snowflakes are multiplying. My woven crochet blankie is finished and just needs his fringe trimming then I can wash it and store it away until summer (which seems an awful way off at the moment!).
I'll take photos of the finished blankie in the next few days. It was a very simple yet effective technique. The only reason it's taken me forever to complete the weaving is that I can't bend over for very long before my neck hurts (the result of a car crash nearly 3 years ago).
I'm already plotting another blankie project using some of my plentiful supply of Rowan Summer Tweed................will it be knitted or crocheted? Don't know yet!