I've got a new project. Didn't take me long did it?

The truth is I've actually had it on the go for a little while, but I've not been brave enough to think I will actually be able to tackle it, so didn't want to blog about it just in case. It's still in the development to a large extent, I'm going along with the panel for Mel's baby but can't put pics on here cos I don't want her to see so I'm still pretty busy.

I've been thinking alot about what I want to do and why, the pictures I want to make and the stories I want to tell. I've always had it in the back of my mind (and sometimes brought it to the front), to begin making panels that tell military stories.

The two major problems with this are that I don't know if I'm worthy to tell these stories, I feel to some extent that I should leave them to the master artists, and also that my medium is not particularily suited to macho military stuff.

I'm slowly conquering my first fear, partly because I think my sewing is improving and partly because I feel like I have enough personal experience of the military that I am entitled to some extent to tell their stories.

The second fear, that sewing isn't suited for military art, is totally baseless. I can't believe it's taken me so long to realise that one of the most famous pieces of military art and history is in fact a gigantic embroidery. The Bayeux Tapestry has it's own museum, it is one of the only surviving records of a major turning point in British history! The Overlord Embroidery ( is another major piece of military art, commissioned to pay tribute to the D-Day landings of WWII.

I cannot hope to create anything on the scale of either of these pieces, but I think their existence proves that there is a significant place in military art for needlework.

With that waffle out of the way... here is my initial photo for the next piece:

I'm really pleased with the composition, I've done some line drawings over the photo and used a great program ´╗┐called BeFunky to change them images into watercolour images, which makes it a bit easier to get an idea of what colours go where.

This is the same image with their watercolour effect.

I've got some initial ideas for how to put it all together, but I'm thinking this post has gone for way too long as it is :)