>flowers and flour

>I’m feeling strangely chilled out, must be all the lavender…

Lavender biscuits

150g butter
90g caster sugar
225g plain flour
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon fresh lavender leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon lavender flowers, removed from spike

Oven: 160 C

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add flour, egg yolk, leaves and mix well. Turn out and kneed until soft smooth dough, then roll ball into cylinder. Cut into 10-12 sections and lay on greased baking tray, pressing flowers into each disc. Bake for 15-18 mins, until firm but not brown.Cool on trays then move after about 5 mins to cooling rack.

Recipe courtesy of Alys Fowler, The Edible Garden.

Current listening: Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree


My first sweet pea flowers came out yesterday and so this means that summer is really here as far as I’m concerned. That smell takes me straight to my grandparents garden where they grew wigwams full of them along a path in the heart of the garden. As a child I used to help granny pick bunches of the candy coloured flowers that were then put in bowls on the large dining room table.

Anyway, enough of the reminiscing… I’ve been printing small pieces of water colour paper again for some new cards. These are developing some ideas from some experiments I did a couple of months ago with summer-inspired colours.

The next stage is to stitch into the thick paper.

I’ve also been playing with ideas for fabric versions and had a good rummage in my box of dyed scraps. I enjoyed putting the different colours next to each other.

So as well as the newly coloured paper waiting for stitches I now have little piles of textile colour waiting for stitches too.

I just need a long train journey to get it all done…

Current listening: Mumford and Sons


I did some weaving today and it was just what I needed. Finally it was warm enough to work with the door open to the garden so the plant smells and breeze could waft in.

I’m thinking of summer colours and warm days… A little optimistic perhaps, but a little optimism is surely always a good thing?

I’m weaving small samples which I will separate and I intend to play about with them as blocks of colour and see how they work in relation to each other.

This will build on some of my paper and paint thinking.

They’re a bit like little rag rugs as I’ve used torn strips of silk for much of the weft. Lots of these fabrics have such depth to them as they’re ‘shot’, using different colours for warp and weft.

Afternoon weaving listening: Simon and Garfunkel: Best of.