We fell asleep last night to the sound of torrential rain on the roof and woke to a limpid primrose and ice blue morning, everything glittering in the cold sunshine. In the pheasant coops, two sheep and their lambs baa’ed furiously at me from under their field shelter, too dim to realise that the rain had stopped and they could go out and graze. Today’s threads are cream coton à broder dyed pale yellow with mullein leaves, ice-blue coton à broder, cream tapestry cotton, separated into two strands and black 1920s rayon floss. The stitches are chain stitch for the outline, French knots for the wool, stem stitch for the legs, and back stitch with French knots for the head. I quite enjoyed doing this little sheep – the repetition of the numerous French knots was very soothing.