I’ve been trying out some new ideas with an Indian theme. I belong to a stitching group called Wye Valley Stitchers. We meet together in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire which is in the famed Wye Valley, an area of natural beauty enhanced by the River Wye as it wends its way through the Forest of Dean and out towards the Severn Estuary. Because we’ve been prevented from our monthly meetings by the pandemic we’re now even more enthusiastic about the activities we can enjoy when we do get together. So our ideas were flowing and suggestions ranged through Shisha mirrors, block printing, embroidery and embellishment. As a result these ideas materialised into an Indian themed few months starting from the Autumn until next Spring.

Having worked on some Shisha embroidery for a while I wanted to combine that with using Indian wood block prints. I’ve often added surface embroidery to my block prints previously.

Here this cushion cover was printed with hedgerow type plants and enhanced with simple embroidery stitches such as straight stitch, lazy daisy, French knot, chain stitch, pistil stitch and bullion knots. Typically English however with the wild cow parsley and the dragonfly and bees.

So to create a more Indian style and look I decided to use very brightly coloured fabrics, threads and paints and search through my wooden printing blocks to find designs which might conjure up the idea of India. having assembled these tools and materials I decided to put it all together and make a bag.

A colourful interpretation of our Indian themed activities.

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