English Country Garden

23 Sep

Well, this is a rather hurried attempt at my first ever Mood Board, based on Nature, that we did in class (fashion + textiles).  I had only 20 minutes as I arrived terribly late and think the results are ‘ok’ ~ however, do love the unusual mix of colours: deep purple (think Cadbury’s Chocolate!); chestnut brown; ladybird red; the faintest hue of lilac (fluffy clouds and swan feathers); and smoky charcoal grey…..

Pictured around the theme of English Country Garden with a majestic old Georgian house, an abundance of trees, bountiful flowers (roses and hydrangeas, so English!), the fantastical ~ and fairyness…of lilac netting, rich purple silk decorated with gold flowers, fun flamboyant purple feathers(!), beautiful autumnal auburn hair…and a couple of visiting beetles. 

I was so pleased to find those beetles.

Not quite sure where Billie Holiday fits in, but I couldn’t resist her cute dog, her looking so pretty with the flower in her hair, and those piano keys…(been a long time since I’ve played).

Only thing missing is the Cream Tea.  :p

Then, we had to weave this Nature theme.  Above and below are photographs of this work in limbo.  But as I speak it IS finished(!) and will be adding the completed weaving soon 😉

Donna our tutor, emphasised how they like us to recycle materials ~ so I used natural sticks and a cardboard roll from the used tin foil to form the frame; left~over beads, buttons, and ribbon to embellish, including creating roses with real oak leaves for rose leaves; also, scraps of card to further decorate, depicting a Georgian house and autumnal leaves; real heather, jewellery wire, wools and embroidery threads were inter~woven.

The weaving was fun but very time consuming ~ around 35 hours, maybe more?

The majority of this time was spent actually plaiting the wool strands as if they were hair.

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Finished photo to follow soon!! 😮

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Copyright Stephanie Faith 2010

English Country Garden
Barry Taylor
How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon
Daffodils, heart’s ease and flox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentian, lupine and tall hollihocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
In an English country garden.How many insects come here and go
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon
Fireflies, moths, gnats and bees
Spiders climbing in the trees
Butterflies drift in the gentle breeze
There are snakes, ants that sting
And other creeping things
In an English country garden.How many songbirds fly to and fro
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon
Bobolink, cuckoo and quail
Tanager and cardinal
Bluebird, lark, thrush and nightingale
There is joy in the spring
When the birds begin to sing
In an English country garden.How many kinds of sweet flowers grow
In an English country garden?
We’ll tell you now of some that we know
Those we miss you’ll surely pardon
Daffodils, heart’s ease and flox
Meadowsweet and lady smocks
Gentain, lupine and tall hollihocks
Roses, foxgloves, snowdrops, blue forget-me-nots
In an English country garden. 

 

And, the childish rude version (not at all sensible with frequent mentions of ‘poo’) ~

What do you do if you wanna go loo in the English Country Garden?
Pull down your pants
And suffocate the ants in the English Country Garden
Get a little spade and bury what you made in the
English Country Garden
Dig a little hole and fertilize a mole in the English Country Garden
Crouch in the mud and make a loud thud in the English Country
Garden
Make them hold their noses when you duck behind the roses
In the English Country Garden
With a bit of toil you can add to the soil in the English Country
Garden
With 16 toots you can kill off all the roots in the English Country
Garden
With a little squeeze you can murder all the weeds in the English
Country Garden
Do a little poo and the snails can chew in the English Country Garden
Cause a bit of trouble and do it in the rubble in the English Country
Garden
The flowers’ll think you’re class when you show them all your ass
In the English Country Garden
It’s coming out the back, in the paving there’s a crack in the English
Country Garden
Dump in the flower bed or maybe in the shed in the English Country
Garden
Look out for the nettles when you’re watering the petals in the English
Country Garden
Leaving muddy puddles can get you into trouble in the English Country
Garden
Pooing can be fun in a garden in the sun in the English Country Garden

~ *Anonymous
 

 

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* no wonder.

 

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