I love visiting our local garden centre, Avon Mill near Loddiswell. It’s grown up around an old mill on the River Avon and is a great outing for us all – dogs are allowed too – that’s well behaved dogs Miss Daisy! When I was a youngster I used to dread my parents’ trips to Watkins Roses, our local garden centre. Back then these places were soooo boring, just acres of plants which had no interest to me at all as a child. But today garden centres are so much more than just plants. Avon Mill has a lovely restaurant – their jacket potatoes are to die for, and a selection of small shops, including a deli with a sweet counter …
And there’s lots of colour in my latest pattern for the January issue of my magazine too ….
Two Dala Horses and some folk embroidery. Bright primary, happy colours using simple felt applique and crewel wool worked on a neutral linen background. It’s funny how designs develop – I was thinking of horses as 2014 sees the Chinese Year of the Horse, but I also really love the folksy Scandinavian look and the Dala Horse appealed as a good way to combine these two ideas. I’m enjoying rediscovering crewel wool, I haven’t worked with Appleton’s wool for many years and I’d forgotten how much I like it – look out for more crewel work in future issues!
But what about the splashy pups? I hear you ask! I think I mentioned that Avon Mill Garden Centre is directly on the River Avon – there’s bit of a clue there! Back soon to show you what the terrible twosome got up to!