July days

Daily stitching: July flowers

Another month gone, just like that.

A flower a day

I’m enjoying these templates for 2023, which you can find here. I didn’t think there was enough green on the page so I added some impromptu leaves here and there.

daily flowers, simple stitches

All threads are equal, but some threads are more equal than others, (with apologies to George Orwell). Thicker threads can look a little out of scale at this size, and I much prefer the motifs that have been stitched with finer threads – probably perle 12 and finer.

The very simple fly stitch flower below reminds me a bit of a snowflake. Summer is always followed by autumn and winter, and winter is always followed by spring and summer. The wheel is constantly turning, and time doesn’t stand still.

simple fly stitch flower

I think of these pages as self portraits. The other side is the face we don’t generally show to the world.

the other side of July

I’ve felt a hint of autumn in the air some mornings already, in this part of the UK, and the light is starting to change. The traditional pagan calendar sees autumn beginning tomorrow, with first harvest. My August template is meant to be a kind of geometric cornucopia, loosely based on the shape of traditional corn dollies that are plaited and woven at the end of the season and kept to ensure a fruitful harvest the following year. I’m looking forward to a more autumnal colour palette.

August awaits

We found three leftover ears of wheat by the side of a farmer’s field while out walking a few years ago. The harvest had already been gathered, and these were lying on the ground. I plaited the stalks (very inexpertly, as you can see) and we hang it on the hearth at this time of year as a wish for fruitful endeavours.

And on that note, wishing you a happy and fruitful Monday πŸ™‚

Author: Karen

Textile and mixed media artist

15 thoughts on “July days”

    1. I honestly don’t know where the time goes. I know it speeds up as you get older but this is ridiculous πŸ˜„

  1. 40+ years ago we lived next to a working field and I made a plait much like yours … it hung on our Christmas trees through 5 moves … I’m not sure, but I think I finally let it go … I’ll have to double check when we pull out the Christmas decorations this year

  2. I’m just starting July! Can we slow the calendar a little. Still waiting for summer πŸ™„

  3. Here in LA we are still deeply in to summer. Still in the middle of a heat wave. C’mon autumn! July came out beautifully.

  4. Your piece of flowers for July made me smile, it’s so delightful. Your words made me pause. “I think of these pages as self portraits. The other side is the face we don’t generally show to the world.”….this is so true.

    1. Thank you Julee πŸ™‚ I think most works of art (in any form – writing, music, drama etc) are self portraits in some form or another.

  5. I’m guessing the straight lines of August are something of a relief after all those tight curves πŸ˜‰

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