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Someone was having a laugh, as they say, when they put these giraffes high up in a beautiful window in St Edmundsbury Cathedral. You really need a giraffe-length neck to be able to see them. Failing that, a telephoto lens enables you to admire this delightful and charming pair. Thankfully,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at glazed expressions
Jennifer, Thanks for letting me know. I do like the idea of my books inspiring curiosity and a lot of feeling! Hope you are well. Your son must be quite old now - I cant even remember when I made my first ripple blanket! Jane
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2017 on as i live and breathe at Yarnstorm Press
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There is no end to CE Kempe's camp imagination. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at glazed expressions
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It's the knitted cables, the moustache and the flask, the flat cap and the pencil behind the ear which do it, which make me love this window and want to laugh with delight. It's a fine example of modern stained glass at a time when the demand for windows is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Sometimes I like a stained glass window for the wrong reasons. It's all about the expressions in this one. (The work of Sir Ninian Comper (1864-1960) in St Mary's, Wellingborough.) Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Spring Summer Autumn Winter Just wonderful what you can do with clear glass, black paint, yellow stain, and a lot of skill. I found these details in one of the windows in St Mary's, Banbury, a quite phenomenal 1790s church which once sat 3,000 people and still has most of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at glazed expressions
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I'm still here, just not here. Reading, writing, knitting, baking, buying gladioli, watching films, watching with fascination as Tom, Alice and Phoebe make their way in life. I'm almost nostalgic for the early days of blogging (except I don't really do nostalgia). It was enormous fun, but also an enormous... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Yarnstorm Press
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I found these fritillaries in a church in Surrey while I was visiting to see a completely different window. Chance finds like this are what make stained glass so rich and rewarding. It is so poorly documented (and attributed) that you can often go to a place for a specific... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Long before he was the artist known as Sir Edward Burne-Jones, he was plain 'Ted' Jones from Birmingham. He was born and lived at 11 Bennett's Hill, a stone's throw from St Philip's Church which, like Ted Jones, went up in the world when it later became Birmingham Cathedral. Unlike... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at glazed expressions
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There are times when I marvel at the sheer strangeness of stained glass. There is so much in there, so much going on, so much to decode, to wonder at, to understand. I love the fact that to untutored eyes it can often appear quite barmy; stained glass artists were... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Thomas Denny (b.1956) is one the best-known contemporary stained glass artists and has created windows in several important places, including Hereford Cathedral. He has an instantly recognisable style; dense, dark, luminous, textured, layered, minutely detailed, heavily painted and scratched, stippled, and scumbled. The results are mystical and strange, with half-glimpsed,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at glazed expressions
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If there were to be a stained glass knobbly knees competition, I feel sure these would win. I know I'm supposed to be looking at Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, but all I see are the most amazing depictions of flesh, muscle and bone. This is a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at glazed expressions
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At the risk of sounding like Monty Python's Anne Elk, I have a theory (hem, hem.) And it is this: An enormous amount of medieval stained glass is so high up and so far from the naked eye, that it is impossible to discern the details they contain, and even... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Because I look at stained glass windows more from a design or artistic than religious point of view, I sometimes find connections pop unbidden into my mind when I am standing in front of them. So when I saw this Angel Gabriel, my first thought was, 'that's just the sort... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Over eight hundred years later (see previous post), wheat and bread, sowing and reaping, baking and sharing, are still subjects for large-scale stained glass windows. Even without the connotations of Biblical symbolism and religious ritual, these can be read as a celebration of the land, farmers, labourers, and of daily... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at glazed expressions
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We were going to be in France anyway, so we tacked on a few Gothic churches and cathedrals to see whether the old French stained glass is really all it's cracked up to be. I soon had no doubt. It's wonderful. We saw the immense walls of glowing colour at... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Gardening-wise, it's going from the sublime to the ridiculous, with the Chelsea Flower Show being at the ridiculous end of the scale. I used to love it, especially the huge marquees full of wonderful displays of plants bred by real plantsmen, but now it seems to be about money, coprorate... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Yarnstorm Press
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As you might expect with Biblical shepherds and stables and landscapes, there are a lot of sheep in stained glass windows. After seeing a fair few, it's possible to find yourself looking at them with a newly critical eye, deciding whether you like their style and the cut of their... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at glazed expressions
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One of the biggest issues people have with stained glass is that all too often it simply doesn't fit well into its surroundings. William Morris took a purist stance when he helped found the SPAB and declared that his company would not design glass for an ancient building (he bent... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at glazed expressions
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V&A The rest of the window above, which is in the Morris room, part of the V&A café), is a bit anaemic and droopy and pallid Burne-Jones-ish, but I very much appreciate having a worm's-eye view of these lovely lemon tulips while having a cup of tea. One of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at glazed expressions
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Making the most of a small tulip gathering this year which does, however, include some some stars and a few stripes. More spring flowers here, on my other blog. Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Yarnstorm Press
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I could put the flowers from the garden in many places around the house, but they mostly they end up on the kitchen windowsill where I can see, enjoy, and smell them while I chop ingredients, boil the kettle, make bread, wash up, and generally stand and stare. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2016 at Yarnstorm Press
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I have a penchant for underdog glass, the type of glass that is often written off by the so-called cognoscenti who have decided - and stick to their belief - that the best stained glass can only ever be medieval or Morris. I exaggerate, I know, because Arts & Crafts... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at glazed expressions
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In previous years, it's been all about the tulips, but now I like it when the daffodils and tulips overlap and get mixed up in bunches and vases. This is not by design but by force of circumstance as our tulips are seriously depleted due to tulip fire (one of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Yarnstorm Press
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We have a new outdoor table and, when it comes to photographing daffodils and tulips, I find I miss the dirty, worn and weathered old one. But to go with the new table, we have new varieties of daffodils coming up. Some are double- or even triple-headed, some are fragrant,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Yarnstorm Press