(See 'Stitches for Twitchers' blog-April)
Choosing an appropriate finale for a project is an important decision....otherwise work gets confined to the 'what on earth can I do with this' box from which there is seldom escape!
Well, hand stitch sketches deserve a hand stitch sketch book, so the decision was made.
Although I wanted to keep the book simple using calico and sparrow colours, I felt a little text would give added interest. But what?
For a few days I watched sparrows, read about sparrows and listened to sparrows. Noisy chirpers! That phrase played over and over in my mind until a little poem was born....half about sparrows, half about me.'The Sparrow and I'.
Lines of the poem appear opposite each sketch thus encouraging the reader to turn the pages and read a little more.
The final page where I achieved my aim of stitching in a freer way, using larger and fewer stitches, a hand stitch sketch!
Any way, enough teasing you,here is the whole poem, dedicated to all sparrows and textile artists.
The Sparrow and I.
Straw collector, grain hopper,
Textile hoarder, crafty shopper.
Cowboy builder,puddle splasher,
Thimble rigger, needle flasher.
Feather duster! Feather stitcher!
Clever clinger, crumb picker,
Bonda webber, finger pricker.
Speedy pecker, crocus ripper,
Quick unpicker, nifty snipper.
Noisy chirper, insect finder,
French knotter, bias binder.
Social grouper! Stitch in a hooper!
So, this little project has an appropriate end. When I reached this stage, I thought of the way people bring valuable old books out of store and lay them carefully on a cushion to be perused with reverence.
So now 'The Sparrow and I' has it's own cushion to lend it gravitas!