Slow Textiles

Working is textiles is a rather slow process. I started this piece in mid February. It is large – 3 x 2m lengths and there are several very time consuming steps…lots of ironing, printing, machine stitching, cutting away and now covering the entire piece with colonial knots.The slow stitching is quite calming, I’ve got into a gentle working rhythm that is surprisingly easy on my back, neck and shoulders. Often the repetitive nature of my work leads to lots of pain…and always in the back of my mind – How will I complete this if my body can’t cope?I’ve started listening to Podcasts as I stitch. Thanks to a recommendation from my son, I’ve been listening become slightly addicted to 99% Invisible. I’m boring my poor husband with lots of interesting facts…

A lovely coincidence was to discover my recent favourite read, The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St Clair was a featured episode. I loved this book and her next, The Golden Thread– how fabric changed history. The chapter on spider’s silk lead me to google this amazing cape.

More stitching and Podcasts await!

1 thought on “Slow Textiles

  1. Good to see you busy again with meticulously thought out and patiently constructed work . It looks beautiful. I did enjoy the link to the exquisite golden cape, and how many traditional artists were working on its creation. Many of the embroiderers looked young, so not a dying skill. I wonder how heavy was the finished piece?

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