Firstly, apologies for this awful photograph. I don't know how I managed that. This is a large wooden thread reel 3ins tall - the depth of the scroll is about two and a half inches, and it is 36 ins long.
I cut a disc of paper to fit the top of the reel and stamped this lovely bumble bee on to it, adding a touch of colour and then glued it in place.
The first section has a quote from Charles Dickens which I think you will be able to read. I must be honest and say that I stamped the butterflies and bees but drew and wrote everything else directly onto the calico strip. I coloured everything with Inktense crayons adding a tiny bit of water to release the colour.
Next comes a favourite of mine which I have thought so often: "I've watched you now a full half hour, self poised upon that yellow flower; and little butterfly indeed, I know not if you sleep or feed." William Wordsworth.
Now we come to another favourite: "Oh, velvet bee you're a dusty fellow. You've powdered your legs with gold." Jean Ingelow.
My camera has washed out so much of the colour but you can just about get the idea and read the quotation from John Clare.
"Stay near me - do not take thy flight. A little longer stay in sight."
I can't remember the name of the poet.
Or of this one - I am slipping.
This one is by Robert Graves - "Strawberries that in gardens grow are plump and juicy fine, but sweeter far, as wise men know spring from the woodland vine."
Note to self: Get to know your camera better!