While Goose Cove is being glued together, I thought I would show you some more furniture I made for Ivy Lodge. Once again I have tried to design something that is suitable for a simple woodland fairy – a bed where she slumbers and has her Midsummer Night’s dreams.
Firstly I edged the bedhead with a simple curved border that I cut out with my scroll saw and then sanded using mini sanding cones and a Dremel.
My idea was to have the fairy sleep under the protection of a tree so she would feel safe at night. The tree itself is a simple (crab) apple tree and includes some stylised apples to reflect the final lines in W.B. Yeats poem ‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’. This poem is has always been special to me and I imagine the ‘glimmering girl with apple blossom in her hair’ to be Celandine, the fairy for whom I am building this little home.
The Song of Wandering Aengus
I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head,
And cut and peeled a hazel wand,
And hooked a berry to a thread;
And when white moths were on the wing,
And moth-like stars were flickering out,
I dropped the berry in a stream
And caught a little silver trout.
When I had laid it on the floor
I went to blow the fire a-flame,
But something rustled on the floor,
And some one called me by my name:
It had become a glimmering girl
With apple blossom in her hair
Who called me by my name and ran
And faded through the brightening air.
Though I am old with wandering
Through hollow lands and hilly lands,
I will find out where she has gone,
And kiss her lips and take her hands;
And walk among long dappled grass,
And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.
William Butler Yeats
The bedspread is inspired by another William. The design, by Pamela Warner, is based on the bedspread that William Morris had on his own bed at Kelmscott Manor.
It was only when I went to look for a good photograph of William Morris’s own bed that I stumbled upon a blog that intriguingly links William Morris’s bedspread back to Yeats! The embroidered bedspread, pelmets and curtains of Morris’s bed were embroidered by his wife in collaboration with his daughter AND Lily Yeats, the sister of W.B. Yeats!! So my inspiration was coming from two Williams, both interconnected but without my knowledge.
The flowers are perfect for a woodland fairy’s bedroom - pretty and natural – in lovely summery colours. The fabric used is the humblest of all cottons – unbleached calico - again in keeping with the rustic, simple theme of the home. Doing this embroidery was very enjoyable. I used a frame.I will probably add another pillow or cushion to the bed in the future when I see the whole room put together.
The dressingtable and stool complete the furniture for the bedroom. So far there is only a writing set on it.
Naturally the rest of the soft furnishings are yet to come - rugs, contents of dressing table, vases of flowers, mirrors, pictures etc etc.