Hill Top Garden

(2 customer reviews)

£240.00

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Description

‘I do not remember a time when I did not try to invent pictures and make for myself a fairyland amongst the wildflowers, the animals, funghi, mosses, woods and streams, all the thousand objects of the countryside.’

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 to 22 Dec. 1943) barely needs an introduction. Known and celebrated worldwide for her exquisitely illustrated children’s story books, featuring the likes of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and Tom Kitten. However there was so much more to this woman than her story books.

This design is inspired by Beatrix’s beloved home Hill Top Farm, Sawrey, in the Lake District, where she sought solace following the untimely death of her beloved publisher Norman Warne. Here she found peace and a chance to live life as she saw fit, the farm and contents becoming the subjects of many illustrations for her books.

Her garden at Hill Top to me reflects all she lived for, with its lively, untamed cottage garden planting, creating a painting in foliage. The flowers are juxtaposed with the productive vegetable garden, all providing food for the artistic mind and for the body, mirroring Beatrix as a woman of intrinsic artistry and practicality. In this design, I have tried to capture the joy of this garden, working with delicate threads and soft wools and fabrics, on a base of silk organza pre-printed with my watercolour of Hill Top, echoing Beatrix’s love of this medium.

She could draw with immense realism and detail but she also managed to create a delicate softness to her illustrations which is endlessly appealing. Hence my use of muted English wool tweeds and flannels, fine English crewel wools, delicate silks and needle-felted wool tops.

The design includes iconic features from the Hill Top garden which also appeared in some of Beatrix’s famed illustrations: geraniums from ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’, and the green gate and rhubarb from ‘The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck’.

The design composition is also inspired by a long case clock from Beatrix’s collected treasures at Hill Top, and which was featured in illustrations for ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’. I love the way in which the border of the clock draws you into the scene in the painted dial behind, just as Beatrix’s illustrations draw you in to their story. Hence using a clock face border as a frame for my design, hoping that it will draw you in to her story.

The fretted brass surround has been hand engraved by my friend Adam Mills, clockmaker, silversmith and hand-engraver. This was worked to my own design inspired by the original clock, depicting roses and strawberries, together with the Beatrix quote above and a sneaky bunny! The wooden box and engraved surround can be commissioned if required to display your finished embroidery.

I do hope this embroidery will take you on a lovely journey into the world of Beatrix the woman; artist, illustrator, writer, gardener, farmer, conservationist, entrepreneur and down-to-earth countrywoman.

Additional information

Weight 585 g
Dimensions 31.5 × 22.5 × 3.5 cm
Beatrix Potter Hill Top Kit

Kit for delivery BEFORE CHRISTMAS, to be dispatched by the end of November, Pre-order kit for delivery BY THE END OF FEBRUARY 2020 at the latest

Kit Contents - Hill Top Garden

  • 100% linen base fabric
  • 2 layers of 100% silk organza, pre-printed with the base design depicting Jenny’s painting of Hill Top and its garden
  • Mica for windows
  • 100% silk flosses
  • Fine 100% silk-covered gimps, made for Jenny in the UK
  • Au Ver à Soie 100% silk threads
  • Best quality English wool flannel in various shades
  • Coloured metal purls
  • Paper-covered wires
  • Rayon bound fettuccini tapes
  • 100% silk fine chenilles, dyed specially for Jenny in Japan
  • Raw silk tape
  • Fine crewel wools, 100% merino
  • Glass seed beads
  • Sequins
  • Hand-dyed cotton threads
  • Dyed merino wool fleece
  • Polyester and pure silk sewing threads
  • Felting needles
  • Pre-cut card design template
  • Mini beeswax
  • All embroidery needles required
  • Detailed fully-illustrated instruction manual

Extra Requirements

To complete this kit, you will require the following equipment which can be purchased in the webshop by following the links below:

PLEASE NOTE that those items marked * are ESSENTIAL, whereas the other items are beneficial but NOT essential:

 

Extra Kit Information

Each kit is designed with your stitching joy in mind and is lovingly created for you over many hours by our tiny family team in  the UK.

Every material you could need to complete the design, however small, is included in carefully labelled packets. Some kits include over 100 components!

We use only the very best quality materials, and many are made for us by specialist craftspeople sourced by Jenny throughout her career, and hailing from around the globe. Jenny’s skilled family members are often commandeered to make various bespoke components which could never be found otherwise.

Once you purchase a design, we want to you to enjoy and finish the project and therefore are always on hand to answer queries, however small or daft you feel they may be.

The highly comprehensive instruction manuals are written and hand-illustrated by Jenny, rather than using generic stitch diagrams. These are full of the tips and tricks required to express stitches and designs at their very best.

All design shapes are pre-printed on to the various materials included in your kit, to ensure that you have accurate design shapes to work from and can progress straight on to the embroidery without having to transfer the design yourself.

We also aim to provide various items for display or construction of the finished embroidery, allowing you the satisfaction of framing the piece yourself or turning it into a more unusual item such as a bag or book.

I hope that this special design will provide you with a VIP ticket to ‘Jennyland’, an all-consuming experience which will transport you a world of stitching pleasure and imagination. Enjoy!

KIT FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES MY KIT INCLUDE?
Your kit includes all the fabric, threads and needles required to complete the design, together with a highly comprehensive illustrated instruction manual, written and drawn by Jenny. All threads are carefully packaged and labelled to denote where they are to be used in the design. We suggest you have a look through all the components to familiarise yourself with the complete kit before starting work. Where relevant, kits also include the materials required to construct the completed embroidery.

WILL I NEED ANYTHING ELSE TO ENABLE ME TO COMPLETE MY KIT?
Yes, but only basic embroidery equipment. A list of the items required can be found in the front of your instruction manual. All items can be purchased from our website. If you have any queries about equipment, please feel free to contact us for advice.

HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE KIT?
Most of our kits are designed for embroiderers with some experience, but the instruction manuals are extremely comprehensive and will teach you all you need to know.
If you have any difficulties, or need advice on the difficulty level of a certain kit, you are welcome to contact us.

I FIND TRANSFERRING DESIGNS ON TO FABRIC DIFFICULT
Don’t worry, the designs are all pre-printed for you!

CAN I POST IMAGES OF MY KIT/WORK ON MY BLOG/SOCIAL MEDIA/WEBSITE?
We will be delighted if you wish to show images of this project on your blog/social media/website, as this often inspires others to have a go! However, as a courtesy, please do let me know if you plan to do this, and be aware that blogging of techniques, step-by-step or close-up images, either of the project in progress, the instructions, and the kit contents, is an infringement of copyright. Please always credit the design source and always include Jenny’s website and contact details so that those reading your blog can get in touch. Please highlight any infringements of this copyright which you observe from others.

I AM STRUGGLING WITH A SECTION OF THE DESIGN
One of the most important aspects of buying a kit from us is that you have direct contact to Jenny by email and she will be happy to assist you and provide advice. We cannot always answer within the hour but we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you are really struggling and need more help, we can arrange a lesson for you or to complete the section for you.

I AM MISSING A COMPONENT IN MY KIT OR HAVE RUN OUT OF A THREAD
We do our absolute best to ensure these situations don’t occur, but your kit is made by humans rather than machines and we do occasionally have a senior moment! Please feel free to let us know and we will be happy to supply more.

I AM NOT HAPPY WITH MY WORK AND WOULD LIKE TO RE-WORK
We totally understand this – most embroiderers incline to perfectionism! While we sadly can’t provide more materials for free, please just let us know what you require and we will be very happy to supply more.

MY DOG/HUSBAND/HOOVER/SOFA/CAT/GOLDFISH ATE MY THREAD!
It happens! Not a problem. Just let us know what you need
and whilst we can’t send these for free, we are more than
happy to supply more.

MY THREAD IS DIFFERENT TO THAT IN THE PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DESIGN
Thread colours may vary somewhat due to dyeing processes and can appear different in reality due to photographic distortion. Due to limitations posed by suppliers, we also reserve the right to substitute project materials with suitable alternatives to those illustrated if absolutely necessary.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT NEW DESIGNS?
Please go to Jenny’s website where you can join the mailing list to find out about all new releases. We promise only to send you relevant embroidery-related news and not to pass your details to third parties.

CAN I SUBMIT MY WORK TO A CRAFT SHOW OR COMPETITION?
We are delighted if you have enjoyed working the project and would like to submit your piece to a craft/country show competition etc. Please do let Jenny know if you are doing this as she would love to hear how you get on. Please always credit the design source and always include Jenny’s website and contact details so that people viewing the piece can get in touch.

CAN I TEACH THE DESIGN TO OTHERS?
If you have enjoyed working the project yourself and would like to share this with friends or wish to work the design with your students, you are welcome to contact Jenny for more kits. The kit and accompanying instructions must otherwise not be copied, reproduced or taught in any form without prior permission. This will otherwise infringe copyright. Multiple kit orders are welcome and can be supplied on a wholesale basis by arrangement. Please contact Jenny for more details.

I WOULD LIKE HELP WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OR DISPLAY OF MY FINISHED WORK
Excellent news. We hope you have enjoyed the journey and are delighted with the finished result! If you would like help with mounting or finishing the design, please feel free to get in touch. If you would like to order a frame, box or similar for displaying the finished piece, please visit the webshop.

2 reviews for Hill Top Garden

  1. Jill McIntyre

    I enjoyed working this kit so much, the detail is amazing . The kit as ever was wonderful, its like Christmas exploring all the packages and materials and the instructions were so clear that it made tackling new techniques at a distance less daunting. Thank you Jenny for your wonderful work to inspire us embroiderers!

    • Jenny-Adin-Christie

      Hello Jill
      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such lovely feedback, it is very much appreciated! xx

  2. Sandra Perkins (verified owner)

    This kit is amazing. It looks complicated but Jenny’s instructions are very clear and the way the kit is put together is fantastic. All the materials are a joy to work with! It is beyond lovely.

    • Jenny-Adin-Christie

      Thank you for the lovely feedback x

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