A design full of contrasts, both in the weave pattern and colour. I think I was looking to develop something very different and went on a journey of exploration. I hope you like the results. The colours include black, natural, red, rust orange, pink and blue. Woven in 50% Swedish linen and 50% USA cotton.
It’s the school half term holidays and we have gone looking for snow (would you believe!). Fife seems to exist in it’s own little micro climate. We have missed the winds and flooding in the south of England and the snow has passed us by heading for the Munros and the Highlands further north. Today we took a walk in the hills just north of Dunkeld, in the foothills of the Perthshire Highlands. There was just enough snow for one 13 year old dedicated cross country skier (who has been very inspired by the Winter Olympics!). As for me, well I enjoyed the effects of the low cloud on the rusty browns, greens and greys in the landscape. The weather certainly brings out the richness of these colours.
Yesterday I took a walk in the forest above Linlithgow, which is on a hill just west of Edinburgh. I found a story of rich browns and greens as the rain stopped and the colours oozed out their best performance. There is something quite captivating about the contrast between the rich mosses on a wet dark branch. The twists and turns of these trees side by side with straight regimented lines. Pathways calling me to walk further. Nature seems to light up with electric colours after the rain. Why is that?
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I just had to show you the colours of the Fife Autumn. Moody, bight and dramatic! They stayed for a moment and then they were gone.
The Fife colours have changed again. It’s August and the landscape is ripe with wheat, barley and other crops. Once these fields would have been covered in the blue flower of flax, which must have been a beautiful sight to see. However, today’s soft shades of browns and greens seem just as lovely. I can definitely see a range of scarves and wraps inspired by these colour combinations.
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I saw these wild strawberries on my walk in Fife this morning. I couldn’t resist taking some photographs of the lush greens and red. Such inspiration for my next collection of scarves! Stripes on the leaves and small dotted circles. Now there’s a challenge!
I just can’t get into my walking boots enough at the moment and that’s because the weather has been so dry lately. In Scotland, you can never predict how long a good dry spell will last. JM and her dog Poppy accompanied me again on this walk and we climbed Tolmount one of Scotland’s 282 Munros (not that I am counting!). We are looking north here down Glen Callater, towards Braemar. What I love about this view is that you can just see the heather starting to develop. It will be in full bloom by late August and the contrast it creates with the greens and browns is just stunning and I love to weave with these colours. There are scarves in my shop inspired by views like this!
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Finally it feels like summer has arrived. Last winter was long, the spring was brief, but the summer brings hope of new colours and patterns in the landscape around Fife. These pictures were taken during a walk around the Hill of Tarvit Estate. This is a National Trust for Scotland property near to Cupar. It particularly interests me because the estate was bought in 1904 by Frederick Bower Sharp, who was a wealthy jute mill owner from Dundee.
This morning as I walked out the door, the birds were singing so loudly, it felt like they knew something that I didn’t. Black birds, chaffinches, great tits and starlings . Even swallows. I followed them for a while and they lead me to a burst of colour in the woodland. I felt like singing too! I love the new spring greens and natures colours that blend with them. Have a look for yourself.