painting, stitching, reading, listening

26 February, 2015 ·

Inspired by beautiful creations I saw during my recent travels in Thailand I ordered myself some fabric paints. They’re brilliant! You can use a brush, just as you would with ordinary watercolours on paper, and then iron the back of the fabric when they’re dry and it stays. Not being much of a painter, my specialty has turned out to be watering the colours down and making little splodges on calico, each about an inch across.

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You only have to look at them for a moment and little worlds and landscapes start to appear!

splodge 1

See what…

splodge 2

..I mean?

splodge 3

So on my train rides to and from work, when I haven’t been reading Heidi (such a lovely book! how did I get to be thirty-nine without ever having read it?) I have been stitching the little scenes it makes me dream of, with mountains and snowflakes and starry skies.

hoop 1

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My hope is to turn them into little pieces of jewellery like brooches and necklaces for the next Creating a Welcome event.

snow scene


starry night

If you have some stitching of your own to do and would like to have something very nice to listen to while you do it, a lovely twelve-year-old from California, Kienyen, has created a beautiful audio recording from Violet Mackerel’s Pocket Protest which you can find here. She has done such a gorgeous job and it made my day when she sent me the link! I hope you enjoy it too.


  1. jo Oh Anna! Stop!! being so CLEVER! Those littel watercolour embroideries are too good! The starry night sky is my fave, I think! And how fabulous is young Kienyen. What a sweet idea. I can imagine it has totally made you week!
    February 26, 2015 at 6:18 pm ·
  2. anna Thank you dear Jo, that one is my favourite too! And yes, Kienyen is surely destined (among lots of other wonderful things I am sure) to record beautiful audiobooks and host interesting radio shows and do voiceovers on documentaries and who knows what else?!
    February 26, 2015 at 6:21 pm ·
  3. Dalith They are gorgeous Anna. Really sweet. Heidi was my favorite when I was little. The tv series was a holiday treat too :-)
    February 26, 2015 at 7:35 pm ·
  4. anna Thank you so much Dalith. I remember the tv series and still find myself humming the theme song sometimes!
    February 26, 2015 at 8:51 pm ·
  5. mb dear anna -- this is utterly gorgeous! xo
    February 27, 2015 at 12:53 am · Reply
  6. anna Thank you dear mb! xx
    February 27, 2015 at 6:51 am ·
  7. Jewels Waves thank you for sharing this very beautiful story reading by Keinyen, I felt it such a treat to listen to this. I love your watercolour embroideries, I particularly love the blue sky one, such a gorgeous shade of blue sky & I feel it before sunrise when the stars can still be seen, how precious x *,*
    February 27, 2015 at 10:51 pm · Reply
  8. anna Thank you lovely Jewels! So glad you loved Kienyen's reading sample too! She has such talent I think. And thank you for your kind words about my little watercolour embroideries too xx
    February 28, 2015 at 7:10 am ·
  9. Julie Beautiful. And so good to read your words again on this blog, Anna!
    March 1, 2015 at 9:39 pm · Reply
  10. anna Thank you for not forgetting me Julie! x
    March 1, 2015 at 9:51 pm ·
  11. Cathy I am so thrilled to find your website: my daughter and I read Formal Occasion in one sitting last night, and we can't wait to dip straight back into the series again. We both enjoy the focus on kindness, creativity, reframing "negative" perspective, and taking care of one another. That this might be the final book is too sad to contemplate :-)
    March 5, 2015 at 3:51 pm ·
  12. anna Oh thank you Cathy! Such a lovely and well-timed bit of encouragement for my writing. I really appreciate it. My very best wishes to you and your daughter xx
    March 6, 2015 at 8:49 am ·
  13. Lois Wadelton Anna , dear Anna, these works are exquisite..they make me feel calm and blessed just to see them. for me today , this has been the most perfect time to see from the heart is just what I needed to see. How wonderful to have a young girl create and audio recording of simply perfect.xxxx
    March 6, 2015 at 12:18 pm ·
  14. Ronnie Pearce I love these amazing little worlds - please open an etsy shop for those of us who are not nearby
    March 9, 2015 at 9:03 pm ·
  15. Trini This is just so gorgeous Anna!!! :-)
    March 12, 2015 at 6:04 pm · Reply
  16. anna Oh, thank you Trini :)!
    March 17, 2015 at 10:28 am ·
  17. Susan Achter Love!
    August 30, 2015 at 10:43 am ·
  18. ellery these are so lovely and sweet...
    March 27, 2016 at 9:21 am ·
  19. Silvia So beautiful!! I love it :)
    July 10, 2016 at 10:00 pm ·
  20. Carolynn McQueen WOW!! Your work totally inspired me .... THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. Ill health has plagued me over last 4/5 yrs and so my creations took a back seat, in fact my creations are in the boot!! I have just seen your work on Pintrest and am going to order myself some fabric paints. Cannot wait to start. X
    July 31, 2016 at 8:08 pm ·