Bristol-based art-academia-community group MakingLearning are producing a series of patchwork poems - each patch contains a word, and is made by a different person. I just did the piecing and the quilting.
MakingLearning may be Bristol (uk) based, but for the patchwork poem project we’ve received patches from lots of different places - not just other places in the UK, but also from other countries in Europe, and other continents. So if you think this is something you’d like to participate in, please don’t think distance is a barrier! Get in touch, and we’ll post a patch out to you.
Stitch play. Originally I was just intending to try out the thread itself, to see what stitches the variegation would work well with, and then I just ended up playing with stitch ideas I’d had in my head for a while. Unfortunately, this thread wasn’t really the best for some of the chain stitch variations, so I’ll probably do those again on another sampler.
On Tuesday night I stayed up all night working on complex quilt pattern of geometric design as a leaving present for someone whose final day was Wednesday. At 5.00am I realised I wasn’t going to finish it, so I put it aside and made this one. Little sleep was had that night. Her leaving party started at 3.30pm, and that’s about the same time in the morning I eventually got home. On Thursday basically all I did was sleep.
The symmetry isn’t perfect, but given the amount of tension points, I’m happy with it.
The stitches used here are all really basic - twisted satin, buttonhole, vandyke, lazy daisy, whipped wheel.
The complexity comes from how they interact with and tension each other (e.g the vandyke stitch will loop around the cross junction of two button hole stitches, and pull them into a new positions (and then you have to try and get exactly the same tension another 9 times).
I don’t know if there’s an official name for this type of embroidery. I have a lot of stitch dictionaries and collections, and I’ve never seen anything like this in any of my books.
If no one else knows of a pre-existing name for it, I’mma have to invent one.
This was my mini-relaxation project last night, and a test piece for some quilt designs. Pretty annoyed at how wonky a couple of the lines are, but that was a mix of: canvas distortion due to embroidery hoop when drawing the lines in the first place, and my fabric pen being too erasable. By the time I got around to the last lines the marks were pretty much gone.
I think the next step would be to set up the fabric on a square frame and prick the design instead. Or maybe I should just hand-sew it, instead?
In some older versions of Persephone’s story, she was a young woman, not a young girl, and instead of accidentally wandering away, she had gone deliberately adventuring, when she fell, or was lured, or was kidnapped into Hell. Here Persephone’s adventurous spirit leads her into difficulty, instead of her being a passive victim of the wickedness of others. Her relationship with her mother gives her the courage to explore her world, and when events take a bad turn, their relationship gives her the strength to survive.
In a still older version, Persephone heard the despairing cries of the dead and chose freely to go into the Underworld to comfort them. Hades does not appear at all, in this version. Here Persephone’s descent to hell illustrates inclusiveness for every being, whether in the Underworld or in our present one, and shows that mercy is integral to her nature.
In the most ancient layer of myth, Persephone’s name means “She Who Destroys The Light.” She was the powerful Goddess of the Underworld long before anyone knew of Hades. Like the Indian Kali, the Irish Morrigan, and the Sumerian Ereshkegal, she was the Goddess of Death.
Persephone is kinda outside my specialisations, but I have never seen any reputable academic source mention most of this. And the lack of references or links to sources makes me pretty sure this is big steamy piles of bs.
And there’s genuinely interesting and awesome stuff about Persephone that’s not even included. Which, again, makes me doubt that any actual research has been done.