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Boro keepsake quilt: Eve’s Garden … growing nicely

The stitching is coming on nicely on my boro keepsake quilt ….

I’m (finally) out of the centre and working around the edges … a mixture of straight lines on different angles, running across the cloth and intersecting … still seem to be feeling those Sami influences in terms of the fairly dense stitching …

I’m mostly sticking to a palette of colours that co-ordinate with the quilt, but couldn’t resist adding a little pop of colour with this orange and red … it’s only there in small quantities as an accent – I’ve matched these colours to the flashes of orange and yellow in the fabrics I’ve used. In places, it looks like a little sprinkling of hot paprika ..Coming out from the corners of the central diamond, and at the intersection of the diagonal lines, I’ve added smaller diamonds of cross stitch, with french knots almost as punctuation where the diagonal lines of running stitch cross through.

Once I’ve got all the running stitch done, the structure will be in place, and I can ‘plant’ my garden … the gaps between the rows will get some embellishment … little hand-embroidered flowers. I think the hardest part will be getting the balance right – allowing the stitching to tell its story without obscuring the fabric beneath.

There is still a way to go … and it may take some time, as I’m setting it aside to the quiet moments so that I can concentrate, for a little while, on getting some smaller pieces ready for the Christmas Fair season … which seems to be sneaking up on me far, far too quickly!


And for those who need to see what lies beneath … here’s the back … I think the structure is more evident here … you can see the flower beds growing up in between the rows ๐Ÿ™‚

Tribal Textiles

The magpie has been out collecting again …

I had a glorious weekend away, and one of the highlights was a trip to Healey and James near Alton in Hampshire. It is an aladdin’s cave of glorious, beautifully hand-crafted oriental textiles – scarves, throws, quilts and clothes –ย in an out-of-the-way little business estate … if you didn’t know it was there, you’d never find it by chance. Rachael Healey, in addition to being an incredible artist, is hugely knowledgeable and wonderfully enthusiastic about the textiles, so I had an amazing hour pulling out and caressing any number of beautiful pieces.ย 

I was brought up in the middle east, and I think my love of tribal textiles stems from there …. I always remember being surrounded by vivid colour and texture, and all the reds and oranges. And so I have always collected – a little bit here, a little bit there.

Last year, I acquired this horse breastplate:

I just adore the detail of the embroidery with the shisha mirrors, and the beading and fringing around the edges.

So this year, I added to my indian textiles with this:

I adore the vibrant colours, and the detail on the stitching is incredible … I wonder if I would have the patience to sit and work something as complex as this?

Last year, I had a covetous moment over a huge sami quilt … but the price put it out of my reach, and the size wasn’t practical for anyplace I could use it. So I was delighted that this year there were some smaller sami quilts …. the only problem was choosing which one I adored most. In the end, I made a departure from my usual colours and went for this vivid green:

I think it works well with all my reds, and I kind of like to be a bit on the eclectic side ๐Ÿ˜‰ The colour drew me (even though it is a rayon), but the stitching was what sealed in for me …. the layers and layers of running stitch, with those spashes of intricate repeated detail … just glorious.

I’m already looking forward to going back again, next year.