Tuesday, 8 May 2012

The Hours # 4..... Sneak Preview

I am working hard on The Hours, my quilt for The BA Degree Show at Solihull College so thought I would share a few working shots with you.  I don't want to give a lot away and show you finished pieces as that will spoil the surprise but if you are new to my blog, The Hours is a quilt I am making from vintage embroideries sourced from eBay, charity shops, and donations from friends.  The embroideries are mostly tray-cloths from a bygone era when women devoted hours to the art of embroidery and making items for their homes like pillow slips, antimacassars, cushion covers and tablecloths.  They come from an age when women probably sat in the evenings with their needlework while watching TV or in the afternoon, after the chores were done and they could sit down for an hour or two before they had to start work again to get a meal on the table before children and husband arrived home. Women have always stitched, be it just for pleasure or like my Mum who made all her own clothes and mine as a child and also to earn a few bob by taking in sewing jobs like mending zips and taking up or letting down hems or making curtains.  The Hours consists of 18 'panels' each dedicated to a 'Lady of Stitch'.

Take a look at a preview of our Degree Show called 'Fingerprints' at  Degrees Unedited.  We are 13 students altogether with work including 3D, painting, sculpture, installation and film.   I do hope you can come along to either the Private View at Solihull College on 31st May 6pm - 9pm or if not, the exhibition runs from 1st - 14th June (college closed 4th - 9th June).   Hope to see you there.


  1. Ladies face very impressive. No wonder each piece is taking such a time, filling in those letters very ambitious. Am looking forward to seeing everyone's finished work.

  2. This all sounds very interesting and exciting. I hope I can get to see it. A question- where did you get the letter addressed to Doris from?

    1. Doris was our next door neighbour at home when we were growing up and my mum's best friend. We called her Auntie Doris. The letter was written from my mum to Doris when Doris was convalescing with her sister down in Bexhill. Mum had bought some material to make herself and Doris a couple of dresses. It's not dated but I think it was written during the 1970s.