Gutterman silk buttonhole threads that my Mum bought in the 70's. Threads are so important: the colours, the sheen , the way it slipped through the fabric. And even now the pieces I made using them are among my favourites, perhaps because of the time spent and the memories built into them. Dijanne Cervaal, whose work I admire hugely refers to such work as 'slow cloth'. I made 2 blue and green based on algae and diatoms from old botany books ( above) and one based on the colours of Australia and the spiral rock paintings I drew at Maggie Springs, Ayers Rock .This was the first piece I sold for what seemed like a lot of money at an exhibition at Pitzhanger and I must admit I have a slight regret I no longer have it, especially as I don't have decent photos of , but I still have my sketchbooks from that wonderful trip. Simply pieced, it was the stitching that made these pieces.
travel project, a patchwork stole that is indeed well travelled.