At the end of August the Irish Patchwork Society is hoping to an exhibition of 6”x4” postcards as part of the celebrations for its 40th anniversary. The theme is Old Roots – New Shoots. I think this is a fantastic theme – evocative and thought provoking. I love to work on a small scale, so a 6”x4” postcard is a challenge that appeals to me and I couldn't wait to get started.
For my design I decided to create a triskele/triskelion using hand stitched French knots in a variety of colours, weights and types of threads, to represent buds and flowers. The triskele, an ancient symbol, closely associated with Celtic culture = Old Roots. French knot buds = New Shoots. The background is my favourite green silk. It’s just gorgeous, and what could be more appropriate?
You can see from the first photograph how I began to fill in the triskele shape.
I just worked away stitching the knots in cotton pearl, stranded cotton, rayon and silk threads until the shape was positively encrusted with colour.
I felt when it was completed that there was a lot of
negative space, so I decided to scatter a few more silk flowers on the back
ground. I actually think that this was probably a mistake but once done there
was no going back!
The piece took me over 8 hours of stitching to complete and I had to rest my hand for a day or so afterwards! I love the colour and the texture of this little card….and after all that work I didn’t want to send it in to the exhibition, so I’ve sent it to a special loved one instead…..guess I’ll just have to make another post card for the exhibition! Maybe not so much hand work this time?