Friday, 2 October 2009

Tea time embroidery





I have quite a collection of embroidered tray cloths, table cloths and napkins. They are all painstakingly embroidered by women from the past using traditional stitches such as lazy daisy, chain stitch, satin stitch, stem stitch and button hole stitch. I have gathered them together in colour stories and here is what I have done with what I call the Clarice Cliff palette. I have been doing the applique by hand in the sun room  surrounded by ripening squash from the allotment, the colours appropriately echo those of the stitch.

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