I was delighted to see my first swallows here in North Wales on Saturday (27th April) whilst driving home. They were swooping over the river fairly close to the coast - but I couldn't stop to admire them there. Then yesterday I saw two of our local swallows from the window of the top bedroom at my workplace. They were resting on a TV aerial and I wondered if they had just arrived from Africa. Its always a happy day when we see swallows and feel summer is really on its way at last.
Looking back to last year I noted first seeing swallows on 3rd May and I made a card to celebrate. This time I thought I'd make a quick embroidered picture - well more of a stamped applique really - for my celebration. I stamped onto some blue fabric, cut out my swallow, attached it to some plain linen using iron-on adhesive, which I then attached to a pretty printed cotton. A few running stitches and french knots were added and I stamped on the date. The swallow stamp is from a set of four pretty bird images by Hampton Art - a US company but I think I bought them on ebay.
I was reminded of the swallow's lustrous blue feathers when I was browsing the way to blue's gorgeous stall at the fair on Saturday (I make no apologies for harping on about this fabulous event - see my last post). I couldn't resist a couple of purchases - but what to choose! In the end I went for this pretty notebook and a tealight lantern. I was drawn to this image of a robin silhouette and once lit and sitting on my mantlepiece I didn't regret buying it even thought it took me ages to decide which design to go for.
I do remember reading about cyanotypes and I have a dim memory of a nature project in a children's book showing how to transfer an image of a pressed flower or leaf onto paper or fabric using sunlight. However this is the first time I've seen this process being used to such beautiful effect - and by a local artist too!
Note to self for 2014 - Swifts arrived Bank Holiday Monday 6th May