Hope

Two works in progress this week:

This one (above) is made from lots of small pieces of silk applied (needle-turned applique) to a sample of furnishing fabric. It looks like lots of little windows.
The second one (below) is a personal memory:

The patchwork piece measures about 6.5″ square and is made from tiny pieces of silk, pieced over paper. Some of the patches are just half an inch long. Paper piecing does take longer, but on this scale, it doesn’t really make a lot of difference, and I find it’s the only way to match edges accurately. The patchwork is mounted on a vintage cotton handkerchief with a hand-crocheted edge, and is backed with a vintage linen napkin.

The sun in the fields is a bit of a hand painted silk scarf I made a few years ago.

This little piece is a snapshot of a week in 1977 – a primary school trip to Hope in Derbyshire. It was the first time I’d seen so many green fields, and I remember being amazed that there could be so many shades of green. Every time the sun came out from behind the clouds, the colours changed again. It was a magical few days, and a cherished memory.

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3 Responses to Hope

  1. Ro Bruhn says:

    These are beautiful. I especially love the randomness of the first one.

  2. Judy Martin says:

    Beautiful! The greens are so fresh in both pieces and I love the idea of a memory being caught the way you have in the second one.

  3. ancientcloth says:

    Lovely greens and sun embroidery!Hope is one of my favorite words…we all needthat : )

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