Tuesday, 20 November 2018




Lest we forget....

We had a few items related to the WW1 Centenary appear this month.Sally brought along one of the shrouds created by Rob Heard in commemoration of the 72,396 Commonwealth soldiers killed at the Somme with no known grave.They are currently on display in Queen Elizabeth  Olympic Park in London.There have been  small  exhibitions around the UK over the past four years, most recently at Bristol Aerospace Museum.It was a mammoth undertaking by the artist and gives a very graphic idea of the carnage visited upon one  nation at one battle.

Liz brought along the book and  catalogue of the 1,568 Sawdust Hearts exhibition initiated   by Helen Birmingham.The heart above, number 39 ,was created by Liz to honour the lost soldiers from Heligan Garden in Cornwall.

Queen Mary originally instigated Sweetheart Pincushions at the end of WW1,which were pinned by soldiers as part of their convalescence. The exhibition of the new hearts will be on display in Woodend in Scarborough 3-30th November. Funds raised will go towards Combat Stress the veterans mental health charity.

Monday, 5 November 2018

Medieval stonework and an infestation.

Above, is a detail of what you see below.Ira has been working on looking at an old stone wall.Each of the pieces will be assembled to create a whole.The amount of stitching she adds to her work is quite breathtaking and a lot is hand stitched.The darker rectangles will border the piece with the lighter ones inside.As you can see from the detail the threads used pick up the colours of the paint finish.There will be a lot more before she considers it done.

She, like Sally, entered a piece for the RWA Open Exhibition.However, she was unsuccessful this time.The piece you see below was based on an historical, medieval theme.

Jane, meanwhile had been pursuing her idea of an infestation of insects.She had wanted a very fine silk to support her machined insects.She bought some Margilan silk which is used a lot in Nuno felting.

It was from two different sources and differed in its colour and weight.She now needs to sample her ideas and find if it will give her what she wants.

She has been inspired by a piece of music she heard in Gloucester Cathedral, played as a four part round on harmonicas.The work was by Julian of Norwich.......'and all will be well'.She would like this to be her message the world.