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Boro cushion: “we have all the time in the world”

A while ago, just after my grandmother died, I was looking at her gold dress watches and wondering how to incorporate them into a piece of work … in the end, I came up with this boro piece of wall art,weaving the watches into the gold velvet and chiffon fabric.

Boro cloth - chiffon, velvet, vintage watches

It spoke to me so strongly of time and memory, of recapturing lost moments … I didn’t think I’d ever go down that road again.

Until I acquired a box of broken jewellery that had a number of vintage watches – none of which worked – included in it.

It seemed logical to revisit that earlier, personal piece:

This time, I have worked the boro in a red shot silk … the shimmer in it works beautifully with the watches … and they look like little jewels nestling into the fabric.

cushion - black, red silk, vintage watches

It ended up quite a small panel … it needed setting into a larger piece of fabric. I had the perfect piece waiting …. that black wool cloth. A peddler used to visit our house in Kuwait when I was little – I guess he came round about once a month – and mum always used to buy a piece of fabric from him. This is one of them. It’s a  lovely soft piece of cloth, and has this fantastic red stripe along the border that I’ve used on the back of the cushion …

black and red cushion, vintage fabric

Those brass-effect buttons look great with it, too …

cushion, black, red, vintage watches, boroI think this funky cushion needs to go into a study, or a home office, or perhaps into a cosy reading nook … anywhere you need reminding that you have the time you need to do what you want to do.

It’s available right now in my Etsy shop … or you can contact me if you’d like a similar piece using your own inherited treasures ….

Eve’s Garden … a boro quilt

It’s always an important moment – for me – when a quilt acquires its name. As I was stitching this afternoon, I was thinking how much like a garden it felt. And my eye caught the wonderful flashes of a liberty tana lawn fabric I’ve used in it – called Eve. And so, the name …

I am pleased with the way the structure of the hand embroidery is starting to bring all the boro weaving together, to resolve the confusion of the woven cloth strips running hither and thither, to make a single, cohesive, comprehensible piece of fabric.

Of course, there is still a long way to go, but I feel I have almost finished the most complex parts of it. And the detail is pleasing …

And I am finding that the back of it is something I enjoy looking at …

I don’t think it will be long now until it’s finished.