Monday, 6 December 2010


Composed from trademarks, done a long time ago, included now for completeness. There is a clue to my actual identity in this one.


This is going to be a cushion cover, asked for by a friend. (See previous posting, Fuegians, for my first attempt).
This was originally a scan of a set of rub-down letters, still in their packet, used to get some lettering to put on a postcard. I wanted to do something where I moved directly from pixels to stitches, and I just used the mosaic and posterize filters in Photoshop, printed out the result, and stitched from that. What I have got is record of how the characters degenerated through the process, rather that an attempt to make a decent replication of the typeface - Profil I think - in thread. I started out intending to keep the original colours, as far as the shades available from DMC and Anchor would allow, but then I changed my mind, and tried to make a more attractive object by choosing some colours.

The chart.


A pair of yellow leather gloves. Suggested to me by a lady and her daughter in the waiting room at St Thomas' Hospital. Not where you would look for helpful suggestions, and they were not that well designed themselves. They also suggested a matching hat and belt, but I think that is going too far. The pattern is pricked throught the leather with a needle first, having removed the lining.
These were meant to look like they were sewn by elves, but they are actually a bit too big for that. More like they were sewn by gnomes.


A pair of shorts. These are actually a pair of Nike golf trousers cut down.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010


This was meant to be a cushion, requested by a friend. I used cotton canvas (I don't know where it is from, there were a lot of similar lengths in the Cloth House, roughly woven, all with a stripe or two), but did not calculate how big the characters would be given the count of the weave. It is much too big to be cushions. I will probably cut it in half and put each pair of names on a stretcher.
The lettering is taken from various samplers in the V&A's book of samplers.
These were the names given to the four natives of Tierra del Fuego that were taken to England on the Beagle. They were on the ship, being returned to Tierra del Fuego when Charles Darwin sailed on it. Boat Memory died on the way to England.
PS. Of course, these were not their names at all. Their names were: El'leparu, O'run-del'lico, and Yok'cushly. There seems to be no record of Boat Memory's real name.