doodles and more roses

Inspiration strikes in many guises.  For a while I've been thinking that I'd like to play around with some embroidery, partly because I found such a cool embroidered piece at the salvation army in February.

Actually, playing with embroidery is one of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of AEDM. Yesterday I spent some time on Amy Butler's website, checking to see if she'd updated anything about her new fabric line.  She had.  Now there are some lovely photos of her actual fabrics in clothing, pillows, quilts, etc.  Well, nestled in that gorgeous slideshow of images was an image of an embroidered bird and some flowers.  That brought back the desire to play with embroidery.  I haven't yet gotten out the needle and embroidery thread, but I did get out pencil and paper.

I doodled and doodled.  I have no idea if I'll be able to translate any of this into actual embroidery (yet another medium in which I have no idea what I'm doing), but it was fun playing with images. 

I'm still enjoying the roses from my garden and after my morning walk I cut more of them to enjoy inside.

The roses on my work table have opened even more, too.

I love David Austin.  Fat roses that smell good.  What's better than that.  Hey, I could be obsessed with worse things.


  1. First of all, the flowers are beautiful! I love the doodled birds at the bottom and the vine is pretty too. YAY! on your first sale, I'm so happy for you:)

  2. i love david austin roses, too!

    sewing can be so soothing. i hope you enjoy it.

  3. The doodles are great! They would make fabulous embroidery, but either way, they're a lot of fun!

  4. Love the sketches. They should embroider well. Look forward to seeing them in stitches .
    Beautiful roses :)

  5. Good gracious - you have been busy Anne!! Your necklaces are exquisite and it looks like you'll be coming up with some lovely embroidery! And congratulations on selling your first necklace!!! Great stuff!

  6. Beautiful doodles and I also want to learn embroidery although it takes me a while to actually get to it! lovely roses too :)

  7. I love you blog, your doodles are amazing. I am putting a link to your blog on mine (hope that is ok)..your so inspiring.

  8. Thanks for all the kind words! No one's ever called me inspiring before. What an amazing compliment! And of course it's ok to link to my blog.

  9. Your ideas & doodles look really interesting. There are so many beautiful pictures within this one page.

    Like you I'm interested in embroidery but I have no real idea what I'm doing. Recently I did an embroidery doodle on paper. I made the holes in the thick paper with a pricking tool and then used embroidery threads. It was basic but I enjoyed. Its posted somewhere on my blog, last month I think. I try and just sew a little in my art journal and embroidered my friend's name on her Birthday card. Small steps with really simple projects.

    Kat :-)

  10. Oooh, that is one very cool and gorgeous piece of embroidery you found! And I love your doodles. The birds are so sweet, especially the swan with its crown! Love them :)

  11. Don't roses make everything better? :) I found the most wonderful recipes using rose water and such over at:

    And I love your doodles -- especially the birds -- will be so fun to see if/how it translates for you into thread!!

  12. Small steps with really simple projects is the way to go. I was thinking my first embroidery project will be a simple one, but sometimes I'm not so good at limiting myself.

    Thanks for the recipe link. I'd like to try some rosewater recipes. I have some rose flavored tea (that I bought at the rose garden in Portland, OR... so beautiful) that I save for special occasions. Little rose cookies would go nicely with it.

    Thanks for the comments!


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