Friday, 8 November 2013

Weave and stitch

Here is a picture of my piece for the Contemporary Group Suitcase collection. The theme is "All in a Day's Work". This is what I wrote about it to go with my submission:

I made my piece to reference the daily efforts of women including myself to use woven textiles and stitch in their homes to provide a warm and safe environment for their family.

Woollen blanket scraps, some mended, backed with linen and stitched with old linen and silk threads as well as cottons. One piece of old grey blanket bears the eyelet as witness to its wartime use as a door curtain. There are buttons from my grandmother’s button box and these include a uniform fly button and liberty bodice buttons. I have added scraps of hand dyed blanket and coloured cotton.


  1. i like the simplicity of this idea in contrast with the depth of meaning conveyed by the materials. i wonder what stories the blankets might tell, they will have seen so much.
    I rue the loss of my own button box, discarded in one of many house moves......

  2. I really like the colour palate and the use of the additional orange. I think the construction is very effective. It feels both old and new at the same time.


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