Heron design in process / by Rowena Ardern

Work in process is my new Heron Design based on drawings from Regents Park where there is a thriving heronry  and Dulwich Parkwhere there is a lone heron . This came to me as a complete design as a cushion on a yellow background displayed on a lime green ercol sofa which I have yet to source . Firstly I dyed a large piece of vintage linen in sunshine yellow and then set about selecting various fabrics to construct the heron . Herons are a continuing feature in my life from observing them on the shore at Silverdale , creating a tea towel design for the Heron Cornmill at Milnthorpe seeing them on the river in Manchester and now in the parks in London. Next came the fun part applique and machine embroidery to construct the heronness of heron !!

 

 Close up of stitch detail.

Close up of stitch detail.

 Drawing, fabrics and sampling for the herons head .

Drawing, fabrics and sampling for the herons head .