Preparing for Chelsea Flower Show

It’s that time again when the weeks fly by and the “to do” list grows! Chelsea has become my main focus of the year for exhibiting my new work. From the time I arrive home in December from Australia up until mid May I am busy creating new pieces.  I think about how the stand will look for the whole week and I know I will need lots of choice of pictures so it will look as good on the last day as the first. 

This embroidery “Early Morning Frost” will be one of the largest pieces on display. I always aim to have a wide range of picture sizes and subject matter for people view.  I meet collectors of my work there each year and it’s good to have a few ideas they haven’t seen before!

Here is a new piece inspired by the garden at Plas Tan Y Bwlch in North Wales. Dappled shadows are always a favourite of mine.

The design of my stand has to be considered in plenty of time too. I have invested in new lights this year and a change of colour for my counter and stencilled lettering on the walls.  We all need to have a floral content to our display and I am fighting off the slugs so my prize hostas can take centre stage!

It’s worth all the time and effort invested, it’s the top horticultural show in the world and standards are exceptionally  high!