Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Experimentation.....and picture of cakes....quelle surprise!!

I have no delightful pictures to show you, no beautiful stitchery or exquisite fabrics.......no quilted piece to wave with pride.......sorry!! Just wanted to know if the blog would let me post anything....

Sunday, 25 December 2011

A treasure trove of silk and velvet

I should have made my nine by nine quilt on the theme of the Wednesday Group for the meeting in December, but what with attempting to get the house ready at breakneck speed for a completion date of Dec 20th and a vicious germ that kept me ill for over three weeks, I am late.

Today I got an envelope from my sister Joy, with a stash of stunning scraps from Sue Elliot, who has a studio in Selkirk near Joy’s.  As I will be stuck in this almost empty house (our sale hit a hitch literally at the eleventh hour – 11 am on the day we were expecting to pick up our keys to the new flat at 12) I shall get on with making the quilt.  It will have to be by hand as my machine is in storage with most of the rest of our things.

I chose nine different fabrics from the pile.  I used each one in whatever way the silk seemed to want, and stitched them in different ways.  Once they were all connected I used French knots over the whole surface to give a feeling of coherence.  French knots are a running theme with our group – some people use them along with many other stitches in exquisite hand embroidery – the rest of us struggle to remember how to make a single one correctly, and this often leads to hilarity.

A minor additional problem was that I couldn’t find any rulers to check how big nine inches was, as almost all our belongings are in storage while we wait in housing limbo.

I went through many planning stages for this piece – playing with my usual obsession with meaning.  In the end this is a simple celebration of beautiful fabrics that arrived with serendipity, each unique, together producing something with is rich and fascinating.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Someone ought to do a festive blog!

This year things sewn for Christmas are a bit thin on the ground. This was the year I was going to start really early...or was that last year? I always have lots of ideas but somehow getting started doesn't happen, ( Sound familiar?) Anyhow I never feel really Christmassy until the 18th then it's too late.

BUT, on a more positive note I have put thread to needle and achieved two finished pieces. The first was a commission from my technical support team. Grandson 1(aged 4) needs a 'Joseph' outfit, I was told. (By next ---day.) We agreed the landing curtains had just the right kind of stripe...and thus it was so. Joseph was robed. (He did very well - I saw a clip on his dad's mobile-only clapping a bit behind everyone else.)

The second piece was a Christmas bag. A friend and I have exchanged gifts since the days of yore. We each fill a bag of little things which we know will please and over the years it's become a custom to reuse little boxes/bags etc. (We privately agree that it's always our best present. ) The bags have been going back and forth for over 20yrs now and are getting a little fragile so I decided I would make a fabric bag and put the old one inside. The result you can see in the photo.

The old quilt you can see under the bag is a favourite of mine. It was hand stitched in lovely Christmassy colours by T's grandmother many years ago. It comes out every year to cover some table or other and has just become part of our Christmas.

Oh, and by the way, we moved into our present house (from a caravan in the garden) on Christmas day! And we cooked a Christmas meal! Happy Christmas. Stitch in the new year.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Crazy,dotty,french knotty.........

Well, the crazy little quilt is finished and despite how it looks in the photo, it really does measure 9" by 9". (Love the way we haven't gone metric. Just under 23cm by just under 23cm doesn't have the same ring to it.)

All those little pieces from my stash have come together to make a new story and of course that is it's charm. One sees amazingly clever quilts at shows with impossibly perfect points and computer controlled machines to quilt them too. Is that kind of perfection the ultimate goal of the art form? Maybe for some folk and good luck to them.

I didn't design my quilt. I chose the spots and pieced them together. It designed itself. AND it's turned out very pink! It just happened. It was meant to be.

There's lots of french knots on there amongst all the spots including the french knots with stalks!Most importantly there is a little embroidery icon for each of the lovely ladies of The Wednesday Group.

It was only when I stitched the binding round the edge that the work became a quilt. Suddenly it started to undulate and become cosy. It's a quilt now and wants to curl up with it's stories.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Birth of a 9" by 9".

I love the way that the things you make gather a little history round them from the start. ( Lois's previous blog.) I've started my mini quilt now and it started from what is possibly the smallest poem in the world...well ...Herefordshire. The poem popped into my head when I was gathering words to describe 'The Wednesday Group'


French knotty.'

From 'dotty' I thought 'spotty'and piled up all my dotty, spotty bits and pieces in a gorgeous heap.

I did promise Grand daughter No 1 that I wouldn't cut the lovely spots from my apron..... ( I have been known to snip essential bits from my apparel in the past.. as you well know.) BUT I had enough spots and spare to cover my 9" by 9" so my wardrobe was safe. To keep faith with the tiny poem I had to go for 'crazy patchwork', nothing else would have worked would it?

So, the crazy quilt was born, each little piece bringing it's own story with it. The crazy bit done, the knotty bit is under way along with a tiny representation of each group member in stitches. It will be fun to see if everyone can spot which bit is theirs!

Friday, 11 November 2011

a new challenge

We needed to think of a new project to keep the impetus going.  It is easy to let a month slip by without doing any creative stitchery if you don't have the pressure of a group project - a bit like the Weight Watchers weigh-in I suppose.

Kathleen suggested we make a small group quilt.  Each person will make a quilted piece that is nine by nine inches.  They won't be stitched together as a complete quilt, just connected loosely, which is probably a relief to the people who are good at neat edgings, not having to worry about how lumpy the surrounding edges will be, and a relief to those of us that are not good at neat edges because we don't have to try!

The theme is the group itself - what we see The Wednesday Group representing and meaning to us.  I have been trying to think how to encapsulate my feelings about the group in a visual image.  What the group means to me is a completely supportive and inventive collaboration, bolstered by laughter.  We all see the world in different ways, all have different talents, and are all delighted by the capacities each other demonstrate.  That is a pretty big challenge to show visually.

As I am moving house to a small flat I have decided to restrict the size of works I do and also to limit my materials.  As part of our downsizing we were getting rid of many of the ties I have painted my husband over the years.  Rather than give them to a charity shop I decided to keep them as my colour palette.  Something made from these will be the basis of my small quilt.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Crafty Convertions.

(The alternative title is upcycled knickers but I thought I had better keep this under cover...as it were. )

Last month's TWG challenge was to design and make a badge for another member of the group.We drew names out of a hat and I drew Lindsay. This was easy because Lindsay loves cake and sewing food is my current speciality. So, I made her a cute little cup cake badge.She was very pleased with it so I whispered in her ear a little secret to make her laugh and that started a rumour going round about the origins of the component parts of her badge.

The story started a few years ago when I entered a 'Angie Hughes' competition. We were to make a book wrap for a named book. I chose to make one for my vintage 'Good Housekeeping' cookery book which was disintegrating and that's where it all began. Take a close look at the 'paper' cases round the cakes below.

I was searching round for just the right piece of fabric for them when I remembered my french knickers! So bearing in mind some things have to be sacrificed for art, I snipped away and the first cupcakes were born. ( The book wrap came second out of 40+ entries by the way....surely the cup cakes clinched it!) I'm sure no one noticed the missing bits on my underwear either.

Roll on a couple years to last February. Our postcard challenge this month was something beginning with f. I decided on 'furry cakes' and again snipped a bit more off the afore mentioned knickers to make an authentic looking paper case, and the next cupcake appeared. This idea amused me so for our exhibition I made a 3d version which you will see below and yes, another snip into the knickers. The holes now noticable! ( But I don't wear them in windy weather.)

The sixth snip was for Lindsay's badge which you must look out for when the badge blog is published. All this activity leaves the knickers looking decidedly asymetrical though. What can I do to even them up?

All this talk of knickers. Queen Victoria's were held up for auction last week. I don't know how much they fetched but she would not have been amused. ( And I have to say mine are much more glamorous than her's...even with bits missing.)

Friday, 28 October 2011


There is a reverse side of being a textile artist.....your nearest and dearest think that as you love sewing (and them too) that you really love doing their mending! My offspring have had a four way textile bypass and show no interest in the subject at all except where bottoms are concerned. ( You won't get a photo of this.)
They have all reached the age when it's no longer cool or desirable to have that bit of anatomy on display and because times is hard,(we call it make do and mend) holes have to be covered. Well, this week my technical support team had to be approached and the result was, help was given but traded for patches. (Fair enough, I had a technical bypass when I reached a certain age.)
Actually I resisted the temptation to use red polka dots and florescent thread too! (He might have put glitches in my lap top.)
It reminded me of the occasion when Son 1 was off on holiday with girl to impress. He bought new white trousers which needed altering (12 hours to take off!) I did them of course and returned them pressed and folded. (But with an added extra - a message embroidered in red under the crotch.) I can't write in public what it said but you can use your imagination. Shame I didn't see his face when he unfolded them. So even dull tasks can be brightened if you are a textile artist .( wrote she quickly as justification.)

Monday, 24 October 2011

The Re-awakening.

You may be forgiven for thinking that we've all gone to ground. No, it was a temporary hibernation....we're all around... and even met last week. Well six of us did.....so maybe the others are still snoozing. I've been playing catch-up with all the undone house work/gardening that was over looked during the summer.

After the exhibition we set ourselves a teeny task of making badges for each other. This could be for services to textiles or anything we felt appropriate really. Lois is going to post the results as a post in their own right soon. (Her house is falling down so she's busy holding it up at the moment.) We gave the badges to each other last week and pretty amazing they were too.

Lindsay made mine with her usual flair for portraiture and humour! So this is the one I want to talk about now! It's very big and very purple and not something I would wear when I venture out into the world because of what it says...BUT I had this idea that I might use it in different ways. I've made a sleeve for my current sketch book and fixed it on the front. It looks great. Also I could fix it on a bag. When I'm having a bad face day I could fix it on my nose. Send ideas on a postcard please. Anyway I'll start with a sensible idea... the sketch book.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

The wonderful world of dotty people - the pianola tale continues

An excellent follow-up from the exhibition / discussion of our pianola pieces from Rex Lawson, a pianola performer

Dear Lois Parker,

This will strike you as a slightly dotty email, but you have been embroidering pianola rolls, so you must be just a little dotty yourself! I've been sitting here stupefied, reading about the music rolls you lot have been using as a basis for embroidery and general artwork. It came up on Google while I was in the middle of looking up source material on the pianolas that Captain Scott took to the Antarctic.

I write the website at www.pianola.org, and I make new pianola rolls, in south-east London. I help to run the Pianola Institute, which is an educational charity some friends and I founded in the 1980s. I'd love to put some pictures of your creations, and those of your Ledbury friends, on our website. You really made a lovely job of your Themodist "Poème Musical", complete with all the dynamic and tempo lines. You even embroidered a grave accent in the title. That's real class!

There are an awful lot of things in life I'm useless at, but I am probably the world expert on the history and manufacture of the sorts of rolls you have used. I have roughly 12,000 of them here. If you are interested in such things, look at our website at www.pianola.org, where you will find a lot of background information on pianolas and their music.

I'm doing a live Radio 3 concert with the BBC Singers on October 24th. It's a mixture of contemporary and romantic music. The BBC doesn't often allow the pianola on to the airwaves, and in view of the extreme interest which you have all been showing towards piano rolls, I thought you might be interested.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Sew on.

Kathleen's enchanted creatures in the mini wood show case.

The stitched diary of our work in postcards.

Side view of gallery showing Kathleen's pianola hanging and some of Ann's work.

Beautifully hung by experts of the group, Judy and Ann.

My Technical Support team came back to work today! When I am hovering round my lap top. I have this feeling that I'm one click from oblivion......so I'm safe now!

So some of you didn't make it....what a shame. We had visitors from all over. Canada, Germany, Australia. they all insisted that they had flown in specially.... ( I think that's what they said...some had strong accents...) Anyhow not to worry, I thought I would show you some scenes from the exhibition...mainly to put off cleaning the house which has been a little neglected over the past month or so.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Sew to Speak Saturday

A good day at the exhibition, with lots of people combining a visit to the Quilt show with coming to Sew to Speak.

Kathleen sold another owl, so it was just as well she had brought materials to sew more while at the show.

Lindsay and Anni continue to win the award for causing the most laughter - hoots of delight coming from both rooms on a regular basis.   The Braeburn Apple is a particular source of merriment. If you want to know why it is funny come to the show - it is on until 3pm Sunday.

Judy's frog received lots of compliments,.

and so did Lindsay's Resolutions - the bold language drew people amongst all the other imagery.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Private View - success

discussing the work

The Private View is one of the rituals of the art world.  I did a whole project on these events, their meaning and purpose, while I was at College.

Last nights was a simple event.  Friends and family, people that took the trouble to drive to a little town on a September night.  Lots of complements about how well the show worked as a whole.  The very disparate pieces all had room to speak for themselves.   The works go from exquisite to bizarre, miniature to enormous, and the hanging committee ( I left them to it) did an excellent job.

the cakes

And, of course, the sale.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

The show at night

Having the Private View in the evening in September meant that I got to see the works by artificial light for the first time.  The two pieces that looked dramatically different under these conditions were Grace Wakelin's pianola piece, an intricate  cutwork lace design, and Judy Dames, pianola piece featuring cabbage white butterflies.

Both of these became more dramatic with the strong shadows due to the directional light.

Ann's first sale - boxing hares

The Private view was in full swing when Ann made her first sale - a charming hand embroidery of two hares boxing.  Such a momentous event needed to be photographed.

The door is open, why not come in...

Our exhibition at the Weavers Gallery is now well underway! 
The show runs until this Sunday, 25th September, 10am - 3pm.
Private view is tonight, no doubt more photo's to follow...

Midway through exhibition

We are now into day three.  We have been getting fifty visitors each day, most of whom spend quite a long time looking carefully at the exhibits.  The private view is tonight, so cake and wine and conversation join the pieces this evening.

People are very complementary about the range of work as well as the individual skill, wit and talent.  I may have persuaded two people that they should try machine embroidery a a solution when arthritis makes it difficult to grasp needles / make pots.

So far today we sold Alison's little postcard 'Sparkler', a lavender bag by Katie, an owl by Kathleen (someone who collects her work), some postcards by Grace and an embroidered card for framing by Annie.  Interest is much higher than sales....it is a shame not to be able to transcribe the conversations people have as they look at all these amazing works.

Monday, 19 September 2011

The Show Goes On

Today the exhibition was hung - and it looks great.

One of the pieces needed a bit of heavy weight assistance - so a blog by Rod Griffiths is available with a sneak preview of the show.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Sign Ready to Go!

Two days to go until the group hangs it's first collaborative show. 
Three days until the doors open to the public.
Here's the zingy, bright sign which Anni has made for the door of the Weavers Gallery which will draw in the crowds like bees to pollen!

Friday, 16 September 2011

Finishing Touches.

I'm getting all 'Naturesewn Foods' out of the deep freeze and ready for the exhibition. Yesterday, I felt the need for a bit of garnish for my fish cakes...(Well it was Thursday!) It should have been a sprig of coriander.....but in view of the time scale I opted for a slice of lemon.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Whoop, whoop!

Another pianola roll completed and ready to hang in next week's exhibition. Hoorah! It feels like it has taken a very l-o-n-g time to finish. There's a lot of handstitching and layering on this one. Here's a wee glimpse. If you want to see the rest you'll just have to come along to the show!
"I Saw This and Thought of You (part one)"

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

All Agog!

Folk up north have an Angel. People on the M5 have Running Man. Soon people of Ledbury will have Plaster Woman! There's alot of speculation amongst TWG about how Plaster Woman (affectionally known as PW) (Lois Parker's work) is going to get to the exhibition. Rumour has it that a hearse turned up at her house at midnight about a week ago. Sadly Lois did not seize the opportunity whilst she could and turned it away unfilled! A bit too early for Sew to Speak I guess.
I think a motor bike and side car would be great.(As long as she wore a crash helmet.) Someone thought that a sedan chair would be appropriate but it's an awful long walk from Pershore to Ledbury.
BUT, I have hit on the answer. You know on The Antiques Roadshow there's a film of folk getting their stuff to the show. There's a lady sitting on a trailer on a chair surrounded by bales of straw. That could be Lois clasping PW going to the exhibition with style and dignity. So no more talk of coffin shaped boxes tied on the top of cars. Let's go for this. We will all stand on the cobbled lane waving embroidered flags (OR......?) as a welcome party. Oh and let's hope it doesn't rain.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Can you hear it?

If you listen really carefully you can hear 9 sets of embroidery needles pulling thread. One more week to go until the Sew-to-Speak exhibition opens it's doors to the public... 

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Spreading the Word

Three Wednesday Groupers headed to Worcester this morning for a brush with the media!

Watch out in the Worcester News over the coming weeks to see if you can spot a little something all about our happy band of stitchers...

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Delicately Stained

A snapshot of progress on the pianola roll from The Applewood...
Preparing the base. Dying with a hot tea bath of Darjeeling resulted in the delicate dusky stain on the vintage tray cloth on the right, which makes up the base of the piece...

It also resulted in old stains (i.e. those which had been made to disappear with soap or Vanish) reappearing. This has been a rather lovely development. The stains add to the history of the fabric and will not be covered up. Also 1-2 laundry marks and a few teeny darns which are evident too. You can have fun searching for them when the piece goes on show!

Here are a couple of links to posts on this piece from Murgatroydhoots.blogspot.com

Monday, 22 August 2011

Foxtrot - Series 2

What is going on down Mathon way? Your wait with bated breath is over.
The story continues.
The fox looked round....his habitat trashed....whereto now? He thought he may as well move on. The next moonlit night he trotted into town. He sat for a while at the top end of town until his ears picked up the sound of a really cool tune wafting up on the breeze. He slid through the shadows determined to track it down. It came from french windows opening onto a terrace. ( Must have been Malvern Winter Gardens.) He crept nearer and nearer until he could see quite clearly. His eyes were quite beguiled. 'I fancy my chances here,' he thought,'one foxy lady!'
I may be drummed out of T.W.G. if I told you what happened next.... let's put it this way...she was led astray.
If you want to see the disarray for yourself, call in at the 'Sew to Speak' exhibition 20th September.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Portrait of the Artist, Sister

I've been working intermittently for ages on a portrait of my sister, the artist Joy Parker.  I have been embroidering copies of the letters she sent to me thirty years ago  on an old boiler suit she used for painting.  I have tried to replicate the style of the writing, following on a course I did with an artist, Rosalind Wyatt, at Waterperry Gardens who specialises in copying handwriting.  She did exquisite work; this piece has more of my usual rambunctious style, but as Joy changes her letter shapes alter and I have worked to reflect these.

I wasn't sure how to display this, and finally last week I asked Joy to have a drawing of her outline done and sent to me, so that I could cut out a plywood version.  I was going to stick the original letters on in a decoupage style and then hang the boiler suit on this.

However, yesterday I got an email from the Worcester Scrapstore saying they had two plaster casts of a woman available.  I had an appointment for the time the store opened so wrote a begging email immediately asking if I could bribe them to keep one for me for an hour.

The upshot is I now have a (rather too tall) plaster cast of a woman and if I (or rather Rod) can figure out how to get it to stand safely, I think I will use this.  It isn't Joy, but the peopleness of it appeals to me more than using either a shop dummy or a flat board.

Now I just need to finish copying the letters.  I started this exercise as a way of using these letters I have kept for so long, thinking it would be a good way of no longer feeling the need to keep the,.  I have gone from a slender flat file of letters to a large boiler suit and an enormous 3d woman.  Not quite what I originally intended in terms of managing my storage needs!

The day the music stopped.

This week was to be the week when everything came together......... The vintage map was in place, the fox was ready to trot, the paper music was unfurled. In fact ,that was the problem. The pianola roll just didn't want to lie down and be stitched. I tried ways of holding it down and sticking seemed to be the solution. I told myself 'just do it!' So I did.
The music died. It stopped being something with potential to create a dance. Now it lies flat and lifeless. How could I have been so insensitive? The pianola depended on movement and I stopped it.
Anyway,you can have a smile at me with my deceased pianola roll whilst I devise a plan for resurrection.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

W.I.P.The fox who wanted to belly dance.

Hot from the needle and caught on camera!

He had a bit of sulk over the weekend when he heard that Lindsay was doing a belly dancer on her pianola roll but was persuaded that doing the fox trot was vintage risque.

What's going to happen when he gets amongst those chickens?

Sunday, 14 August 2011

How Long?

There was much discussion & swapping of tales about progress on our pianola roll projects at last week's gathering. However, the award for creating the longest piece of work so far goes to Katie (eight feet maybe?). Here's a glimpse of work in progress:

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Embroidered Eyes

A few weeks ago we were artists in residence at the Blue Ginger Gallery, and one day we made collaborative creatures.  They were so varied that I thought it was worth showing the different ways in which we made the eyes as a separate blog.

Kathleen makes a lot of stuffed creatures, and set to making her creature eyes with pieces of felt held in place and embellished with long stitches.  The eyes are clearly a pair, though of different shapes and sizes.

Katie gave her creature a rather startled / dazed look with circular eyes cut from patterned fabric. Felt eyebrows completed the eye.

 Ann made the fish so that only one eye showed at a time, so here they are in separate images. Again they are not identical, with a flash of pink on one eye.  They are pieces of coloured felt with long stitch eyelashes.

Anni made a sultry face using eyes made from felt and stitch.  These were very realistic, with overlaid eyelids, lashes, and delicately stitched eyebrows.

Lindsay's creature started its existence with two very different eyes.  One is a button with added simple stitching on the face, and the second is a bulbous three dimensional eye with stitch detailing and knots towards the hairline.

My figure rapidly acquired a strange physique.  I used different sized and coloured buttons, wool, and stitch to give a blood shot effect (though the stitches were on the face rather than the eyeball - the liberties of invention).  

The smaller eye was given an added air by Ann who gave a piercing to this dissolute creature at the final embellishment stage.

Using the materials to hand and working to a tight timetable was liberating though daunting.   Instead of struggling to design and make a well considered piece with carefully selected materials we raced ahead to be sure to have something done.  This was easier for some than others - some of the group do exquisite work whilst others are happy to be haphazard.  This variation in  style helped generate creatures which were much more interesting than any of us would have done by ourselves.  

As we handed over our creatures to the next stage of creation we fretted about what the next person would do to 'our' creature, whilst at the same time being anxious not to spoil the previous work on the creature we had inherited.  This was a very interesting exercise and highly recommend for a group event.  Having the calico creatures pre-made meant that the three tasks, face, appendages and embellishments, could be completed in one day.

ooh! and ahh! and envy

Met at Kathleen's entrancing home in Ross on Wye and were allowed into Gez's cellar!  Kathleen and Gez are working on a calender with vintage cars and vintage inspired models - dressed with expertise from charity shop finds by Kathleen.  The tale of how the images are created would make a great book in itself.

The variety of responses to the Pianola roll continue to amaze and inspire us all.  The exhibition in September is going to look very good.  The choice of Darjeeling tea versus other varieties as a dye, use of old maps, how to attach wires so the fixings don't show...many and various are the craft and conceptual issues explored.

Katie bought one of Kathleen's scarves and I snuck a quick picture. 

I also started collecting material for a new series of portraits, which the team agreed to participate in provided they could remain anonymous.  Anonymous portraits?  I want to do a series based on varicose and other visible veins.  I plan to make them out of sumptuous materials and make them things of beauty...if I can get my craft skills to match my aspirations.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

W.I.P. Fox Trot

I came across this old map in 'The Old Bell' archives and thought it would be perfect to indicate the fox's territory. The Bell Inn just managed to squeeze itself in to the north! I've experimented printing this out on tissue paper and sticking it onto a background which worked really well.

My idea was to have ghostly foxes trotting over his territory looking for trouble! I made a print block from foam sheeting stuck to a wooden block and have been experimenting getting the right amount of transparency. Lots of prints later, I tried printing on a scrap of pianola roll. Next is to experiment with colour.... wether I want vintage brown to compliment the old paper or traditional ghostly wraiths.....

I'm also stitching a fox who is turning out to look rather cute..... and I wanted evil. More to come.

(Another step forward.... 2 photos today! Eventually got them in the right order! Hee, hee.)

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Pianola Roll Progress

The countdown to our forthcoming exhibition, 'Sew-to-Speak', has begun with Anni kindly reminding us each week how much closer the deadlines are creeping up on us. GULP.This also means that the pressure is on to complete our individual pianola roll projects in time for display.
Last Christmas Lois gave each of us a little piece of musical history in the form of a pianola roll, complete with it's own slim cardboard case. The idea was hatched that we'd each produce a piece of stitchery based around the roll for inclusion in our September exhibition.
Fast forward seven months....It's fair to say that many of us have left this particuar project until the deadline clock began ticking. It seems that we have all felt a sense of responsibility towards the history and delicate nature of the paper to rush into chopping it up or sewing into it (some family members have been horrified that we're even entertaining such ideas!). However, as you can see from Anni's previous post, Fox Trot, work is now afoot!

The roll I am working with has particularly fragile paper; deciding how to handle the paper threw me into a lengthy period of indecision.  It would be possible to strengthen it with a vilene type backing, which I have experimented with but didn't find very inspiring. I have therefore decided to forgo the paper completely (eek) in favour of a piece of vintage napkin. Decision made I now need to see it through! Watch this space...
Getting started!