The Packhorse Bridge – by Jules Woolford
The answer lies ahead of us. Framed against the purple and gold of the distant heather moorland, is an old, stone, packhorse bridge.
Today, it’s a beautiful remnant of the past, bedecked with moss and lichen, wreathed in wild flowers and clambering ivy. Once though, centuries ago, this was a much busier crossing place; many travellers walked and rode across the cobbled arch. We follow in their footsteps, pausing a moment to take in the tranquil scene. Almost on cue, a heron, standing like a sentinel on the far bank, silently takes flight across the water. It’s the final touch of wonder in this lovely, peaceful place.
The Back Story: Jules’ favorite place in the world is the beautiful Exmoor National Park. It’s a unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years. Medieval, packhorse bridges are common here. Today they are used by hikers and horseback riders… and much photographed! This stop on Briarside Lane is based on the famous ‘Robbers Bridge’ which crosses the tumbling Weir Water. A magical place where brown trout swim, heron fish and Red Deer roam over the moor.
Here is Jules' original painting that inspired my wool and embroidery version.
Here is how the block looked before I stitched it. Isn't it amazing how much life the embroidery and Valdani threads add?
My dear friend, Babs Fullerton, stitched the embroidery version. I love seeing how she is inspired to stitch each piece.
The e-Pattern and wool felt kits are available in my shop.
I still have a few of the Valdani thread collections available
and Soft Fuse fusible web
and embroidery needles
and bunny scissors if you are needing a few extra goodies for yourself or a perfect Easter gift for a sewing friend.
So hop on over to the SHOP. As always, we are delighted to share this adventure with you and are truly grateful for your friendship and support of our small business.
Hugs and hoppy stitching!
Michelle, Jules and the Bunnies