All twelve at once
I spent most of today tacking all twelve panels onto a backcloth so that I can measure how big the filler panels need to be. THis was made extra necessary by the fact that I somehow cocked up and got them all slightly different sizes – I’m going to avoid this problem when I get to the female labours by cutting and marking all twelve circles before I begin. I did pin them all into place, but sewing something that big is always fiddly, and I ended up having to hitch my skirt up around my waist so as not to repeat the pre-breakfast incident wherein I accidentally stitched February to my nighty.
Branston kindly offered to sit on top of it to give you a sense of scale, but since most people’s first reaction upon actually meeting Branny is, “bloody hell he’s enormous!” I didn’t think that would be terribly helpful and so put a metre rule alongside it instead.
As you can see, it’s going to be effing huge.
That pale grey tweed on the other side is for the fillers and rosettes.
I am nowhere near finished (before you get all excited) I still have to do-
6 full filler panels
10 half filler panels – for the sides
4 quarter filler panels – for the corners
17 little rossettes for where the circles touch (or almost touch – the rosettes will fudge that a bit
14 half rosettes
about 40 foot of unpatterned wool tablet weave for covering all of the joins
A 16 foot piece of lettered wool tablet weave for the border, and before I can do that I have to find some
mug kind person to help me with the latin. I’m a bit crap at latin.