Wednesday, 11 March 2009


I love words. I love the way they feel on the tongue, though tend to like the more poetic than the staccatto jarring of some. A favourite of mine at the moment is 'hush' for it has that suggestion of quiet in the 'shhh' which calls to the lover of peace nestled deep inside me, she who is surrounded by noise most of the time. I love the chance to listen to that silence which has the distant notes of birdsong drifting through it, the shushing of the tress moved by a breeze or the quiet shhhh of waves as they ripple onto the shore only to be pulled back once again. Yes, 'hush' is definitely on my mind and has found its way onto these embroidered lavender hearts too.

I have been working on a range of things which have more of a theme running through them, in this case the mix of flowers and appliqued checked fabric combined with embroidered words. I have always used text a lot in the things I do and feel it gives a contemporary take on the nostalgic element of hand embroidery which is ever present in my work. Usually I find the words creeping into my mind in the design process are influenced by the way I am feeling at the time; my new range has not only 'hush', but 'rest awhile' and 'stay awhile' woven into the designs which kind of tells you what I was craving really doesn't it?

The flower colours remind me of pelargoniums with the lazy-daisy petals, a delicate scattering of dark cherry red and the softer raspberry hue.

and the blue drifts of forget-me-nots which haze our garden from April onwards, self-seeding merrily and carpeting the ground under the scarlet tulips. I love that soft blur of blue and its reminiscence of bluebells which are also building nicely in numbers by the garden wall.

Something about the gentleness of the colour suggests quiet to me, the chance to lie a while and doze perhaps with the docile droning of bees overhead. If only...

Anyhoo, back to the hearts which I think are delicately pretty and may just give a hint to the children as they leap on the bed on a Saturday morning or bellow at me from another room. Failing that I suppose I could just walk around wearing one on each ear in the hope they may see the 'Hush' written thereon and quietly drift away like the dainty forget-me-nots I am sure they truly are.

They are available from my shop here and would make a lovely present for Mothering Sunday or just because...after all, wouldn't we all like a little hush sometimes?

More lovely stitchery will be added to the shop over the coming weeks.
Happy Wednesday xx


  1. What beautiful work! You have a very poetic way of describing what you are thinking.

    I feel very relaxed and hushshshsh.......ed now! well done.

  2. These are just lovely.... and another word I love is SUSSURATION, do you know it?

  3. Lovely post post Pipany. Beautiful writing and everso very pretty hearts.
    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Gorgeous everything - the hearts, stitchwork and words. Really lovely, Pipany.xx

  5. Pip they are so pretty and I feel calmed just by reading your words. I love the word hush but there is very little chance of it in this house as in yours.Karenx

  6. They are lovely Pip - and couldn't we all do with a bit of 'hush' now and then?

    A bit shorter to embroider than pinkfairygran's 'sussuration' too.

  7. These are very beautiful Pip. I love the power of words...I could certainly use some hush in my head right now. I will do a catch up email...I'm very behind at the mo!
    A belated happy birthday to lovely Lucy, too!
    Love Diana xx

  8. You are a real needle artist, Pipany! I do enjoy not only your projects, your imagination but also how clear those photographs are. I can just imagine, in what speed you "paint" your embroideries.

  9. Very pretty indeed Pipany.
    Twiggy x

  10. I love the way the final 'h' trails off, just as in the word, when it's said properly.
    I thoroughly enjoyed that birthday tea! I could swear that just looking at that table added inches to my waistline!

  11. Oh lovely! I love the use of words in your embroidery, and your choice of word, so gentle............... and makes me think of a kind and loving mother.

  12. So pretty! I have noticed on your blog that all your needlework is exquisite.

  13. I love using text in my work aswell. Some words are so special. The poetry in peoples everyday words.

  14. Oh gorgeous, will order! I have taken my 'in the deep midwinter' one as thankfully we are not in the grip of it any longer. That will come out again next year. So this can go in it's place - hanging up near the aga.

  15. They're absolutely gorgeous Pipany. Just the time for flowers ... I do love the way you use words too, it's quite unusual to have both the lovely designs and just the right words to go with it. I do love hush too - goes so well with 'lullaby', another favourite of mine!

  16. Do love a bit of hush.....those are really pretty Pip....very perfect for Mothering Sunday or any day really. jxxx

  17. these are charming Pip, as is all your stitchery... hush is such a wonderful word.
    have a lovely weekend
    Ginny xx

  18. The hearts are beautiful! Belated birthday greetings to Lucy.

  19. Bee-ooooootiful Pipany ! After our conversation recently I think by jove you've found your theme flower.
    your words are so lovely too

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