Tuesday, 21 February 2012


Throughout my childhood I have fond memories of my mum quoting beautiful lines of poetry, prose and sayings.  She loved words and poetry. 
I decided to base this week's tag on one of her favourites and mine.  It's from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and it holds lovely memories of my dear mum.

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lull'd in these flowers with dances and delight;
And there the snake throws her enamell'd skin,
Weed wide enough to wrap a fairy in.

I tried to create a mossy, grassy bank where Titania might lay down and sleep!

I used a base of lime green acrylic for the tag, tissue paper and silk.  I then sprayed them with walnut ink.  I punched ivy leaves out the the tissue and layered them around the edge of the tag using Sticky Fixits to give depth.  I gathered the silk into little mounds and sewed it on to the tag, adding green and brown beads.  I used fragments of lime green silk ribbon, and frayed it and glued it to the tag to represent grass, and I tucked pictures of oxlip flowers here and there around the tag.  The centre is a real butterfly wing laid on a piece of silk and covered with a clear acrylic dome.
I did try adding some of the other flowers mentioned but it all started looking too 'busy'.


  1. You always set a very high standard with your lovely work!

  2. what an extraordinary amount of work has gone into this. I is beautiful.

  3. Wow - what a gorgeous, clearly lovingly made piece of art. And such a beautiful poem...

  4. There should be at least 100 comments on this post. It is absolutely, absolutely stunning... I cannot believe how talented you are! It depicts that wonderful quote from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" to a T. It's one of the most beautiful pieces of work I have seen for a long time. Wow.