Posts Tagged ‘T.S. Eliot’

It’s been really busy with the show and then playing catch up to all the things that have to be put aside to give that level of commitment to a week long production but I hopefully should soon have some pictures of my new project.

In the meantime, this is a small piece I made last year from a long scrap of rusted old cotton sheet, some medical gauze, a piece of vintage ribbon and off cut of hand dyed cotton.

“Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future.” T.S. Eliot: The Four Quartets.

Ripped strips of cotton give a wonderfully soft frayed edge.

Strips of very open medical gauze  are layered under the ribbon. Rows of running stitch over the gauze keeps it anchored to the rusted cotton – in places.

Straight stitches in fantastic variegated metallic Madeira thread hold down the ribbon. Since both sides are accessible it needs to look neat on the back too.

Kantha stitched end ‘tag’. Also reversible.

I love embroidering text and The Four Quartets is one of my favourite poems.


It’s designed to be pulled out and read like a scroll. I’m still looking for the right thing to wind it onto – a chunky piece of driftwood perhaps or an antique wooden cotton reel or a turned wooden spindle.

I’ll know it when I see it.


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