I mentioned in passing the obligatory reference to bears in connection with the Canadian wilderness, in my last post. So this summer there were bears! Lots of them! All over the place. It was really quite wonderful.
Here’s one in a tree behind the laundry line:
Anyway, I got back to England and missed my bear friends, and missed my embroidery, so I finally got round to doing the one and only truly awesome kit to ever come with a crafting magazine (generally I despise crafting magazines, as they promote useless clutter, and are – I say this with full awareness of my snobbery – perpetually catering to the lowest common denominator in crafty skills. I get bored and frustrated. But I buy them anyway and weep).
This kit was another designed by Kiriki Press. The quality wasn’t as great as the proper kits (the cotton was a much heavier weave, and difficult to stitch); and after much shuttling back and forth from/to Liberty’s excellent new haberdashery department, I ended up completely changing the colours of the flowers to be less faddishly neon.
Why is this post such a rant?! Anyway – I love Ursa Minor, which is her name of course, and I love the colours I picked, and I love that a Toronto-born-and-bred kit made it into a British magazine, along with an excellent feature on scalloped edges. Perfection!
Some final pics of Ursa M hanging out with Mr R: