Your might remember this……it is the wrap around cover I made at the beginning of the year, when I began an exchange of pages for a textile book with nine other stitchers in Australia, New Zealand and America? Since then it has been travelling to each of the other people, who added a page before sending it on its way again – today it arrived home, and I did a little inward cheer as I picked it up from the Post Office. My theme was Arboreal, and although I could see a photograph each month as a page was completed, nothing compares with holding them in your hand and actually seeing the textures, colours, stitching and care with which they were made, for yourself – the photos do not do them justice.
This one was made by Annette, and was based on a photo taken in the Queensland rain forest of a moss covered vine.
This one is by Glenys Mann – the cords represent fallen logs, and the button, the presence of man.
This one is by Mary who lives on Norfolk Island and is made of many different hand dyed bits of lace.
” Skeletons in the mist” by Amelia from New Zealand
A lovely leafy tree by Irene from Florida, while visiting NZ, and using someone else’s stash!
Another forest floor – this time by Jan in NZ.
Diana in NZ made this one – using antique wall paper with caligraphy and beads.
Another from NZ – this one by Mary-Ann, who used hand made flax paper and Japanese lace paper, with skeletal leaves.
Jane from NZ did this page, depicting night in the bush, with lots of layers, texture, stitch and other details.
Carol from Townsville made this one, using rusted papers and fabrics.
I think all the pages are great, and my book is a beautiful collection of textile arts. I’m very happy to have all the pages where they belong, inside that cover I made so many months ago - they will be a treasured reminder of this year’s stitching, and some friendships made online with people I am never likely to meet.
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