Maidenhair spleenwort

Among all the carefully tended flowerbeds at Haddon Hall, the slowly creeping plants quietly growing in the cracks of the stone walls in the background appeal to me more than anything else every time I visit. I find them the most exquisite plants on show. 

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I have discovered they are maidenhair spleenwort, a name surely not worthy of their beauty.

I wanted to capture the complex colours and textures of the spleenwort in my embroidery work. The wet felting process is ideal for representing the deep layered, aged stonework.

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This work took many, many hours. I wanted to do justice to these unobtrusive and fascinating plants.

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