Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Here is my latest piece of work for the up and coming Textile 21 exhibition at the New Vic in Newcastle under Lyne from the 23rd March until the 25 April 2009.
The exhibition title 'Recollections' brought to mind colours that my mum used to favour when I was child in her work. She was a seamtress and of course like so many children of the 50s I never had anything on my back that wasn't homemade be it fabric or wool. I still have a piece of cotton guaze like fabric that she was saving for something 'special'. The day never came and my children ended up using it to dress up in when they stayed with her. I still treasure that fabric and it gave me the inspiration for this latest piece - hence its title, 'Memory Shades'.
I embellished two layers of synthetic organza with trapped fibres between, leaving large areas unembellished to creat the raised effects. Then set to work on the hand embroidery, again a hommage to Mum as she enjoyed her embroidery so.
Below is a closeup of the section of french knots that works so well.



Doreen G said...

I love it Margaret especially the French Knots as they are my favourite stitch.
My Mother was a seamstress as well so I know what you mean about having hand made clothes and knitwear.
I loved all the dresses that she made for me and remember the other girls being envious of me and my clothes.

Aussie Jo said...

This is just scrumptious, what sort of fibres did you put in between, wool??
Maybe there are some childhood accidents in there too, your blocks of straight stitches look like the multitude of stitches my four children had, generally on their heads!


Lovely piece! I like the colour mix you've used, slightly unusual, and your french knots are gorgeous!

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