Labours of the months again
The Labours hanging had it’s debut this weekend – I do have pics of it up in the tent, Ill download those later.
For those of you who are new in these parts, the 12 panels have been carried in my handbag for the past five years or so, and worked on whenever I would otherwise have been kicking my heels. This has never been my primary project.
I really don’t like that dark brown edge, which is kind of good because now I know that when I do the lettered tablet weave border in december, I need to use a bright colour (it’s probably going to be blue and grey to tie in with the rest). I was sewing on the last few small circle of tablet as I sat around the campfire sunday morning and was utterly convinced the briad was going to run out, but in the end I did it with half an inch to spare.
Oh, and it really is effing huge, about three and a half by four and a half feet.
Interestingly, as I was sewing on Saturday a lady came to talk to me and was visibly upset by the fact that I only display these at events, rather than having them on my walls at home, a situation at which she took almost personal offence. I do have art on my walls, but I prefer to look at beautiful things other people have made
I see this piece more as an interpretation of medieval embroidery than as a replica, since I’ve used basic opus anglicanum techniques but with wool rather than silk
wool split stitch embroidery on wool ground, with wool tablet weave