My other loves, besides writing, are all needlework related – since I was a child I have been sewing clothing and soft furnishings as well as knitting, quilting, and embroidering. I pretty quickly gave up on commercial patterns and by the time I was 16 I was designing and drafting the patterns for all my sewing, needlework and knitting projects myself.
As a result, I look at most things first in a concrete way – it’s a cereal packet, it’s a tree – but then my mind refocuses and goes utterly abstract and what I see is purely colour and texture, and inevitably I begin to imagine how I might use or interpret that abstract image in some kind of needlework.
I spent three weeks in the Douro for harvest – a region which is spectacular for its hills, valleys, twists, turns, rivers, rock, and vineyard terraces. And wines, by the way. As part of my work blogging for Graham’s Port I was taking photos constantly – for use in the blog of course, but also for me and my design files. What follows is a gallery of some of those more abstract images – maybe they will inspire someone else, too. Meanwhile, I shall spend the winter, between writing bouts, trying to play with some of these in my knitting and sewing projects.
Click on any tile in the mosaic below to enter a slideshow to see the images more closely. Enjoy!