Getting up to date

Been quite busy recently. I think I have over ambitious ideas for Christmas presents this year, which I’m going to have a go at but feel I may have been a little optimistic about my capabilities. I’m making the same thing for several friends but tailoring each one to suit the individual concerned. I’m making what I’ve called Memory Books. They are like small scrapbooks intended for my friends to complete to give or leave to their own children.

It’s not an original idea, of course, but I like the idea of making them something that they then contribute to. However, the more I work on them, the more work there seems to be. Anyway, when I get to the point where I have a couple of them completed, I’ll put some pictures on here.

I’ve also made quite a few more cards and I’m going to put them on today – in fact now.  so, bye for now, things to do.

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A Century in Stitches

Keeping this group of rugged individuals in line wasn't always easy.
Keeping this group of rugged individuals in line wasn’t always easy.

Some years ago now, a lady called Lavinia Earl came up with the idea of groups of embroiderers across the UK making a 20th/21st century version of the Bayeux Tapestry. This time, though, instead of commemorating a battle, the idea was to encapsulate the essence of the 20th Century.  http://www.laviniaearl.co.uk/panels.htm

Each year was to be remembered in stitches on a panel roughly 1.5 metres by2.5. Many groups joined this, although it has taken longer than expected and is still not complete. Almost three years ago, a group of friends in South Yorkshire, who already met regularly for what they referred to as Stitch and Bitch, decided to give it a go.

We spent hours deciding just how it would be.
We spent hours deciding just how it would be.

They chose 1975 from the list of years still unallocated and began to create their panel. Attached are pictures of the work in progress and, in time, there will be a narrative to go with it. In fact, this text and a few pics can be found in the Stitch Gallery if you follow the link.

By now, each of the embroideries was complete, as were the stars and the three panels. (one with the year down the left hand edge, one for Lucy in the Sky across the top and one celebrating a Royal visit across the base.)
By now, each of the embroideries was complete, as were the stars and the three panels. (one with the year down the left hand edge, one for Lucy in the Sky across the top and one celebrating a Royal visit across the base.)