I settled down last night with my sewing and a mug of cocoa to watch the final episode in the BBC’s series “Fabric of Britain” called “The Wonder of Embroidery.” I was expecting great things, but sadly was left feeling a bit disappointed. The whole 1 hour programme was devoted to looking at Opus Angelicanum (medieval English embroidery).
Whilst it was wonderful to see the breath-taking workmanship in the surviving pieces (we lost over 95% of this work in the Reformation) I felt too much time was devoted to watching the presenter dressing in eccelesiastical robes and telling us how he felt wearing them, as well as clambering in and out of display cases and wandering around Italian cities. I would have much preferred to take the story of English embroidery forward through time – and hope there might be more programming at a later date – come on BBC!!
But I did wonder what those stitchers from a thousand years ago might have made of the project I was working on yesterday evening! It’s an easy, colourful design – not technically challenging at all – but lots of fun to stitch – and will make a great talking point at Christmas I think. Here’s part one ….
You can’t tell from the photo, but this is a massive (for me anyway) 12″ hoop that forms the bottom of the tree-O (groan!). I had great fun raiding my grandma’s old button box for the tree decorations – and even the bear’s nose. I’m working on the second hoop now and hope to be able to show you the finished project by the end of the weekend. The Christmas Tree-O will be in the November issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine which will be published on Thursday 31 October, together with Robert the Red Nose Reindeer
and the second part of my Nativity set – so it’s shaping up to be a very festive issue!