The Hours Quilt



The Hours is the embroidered quilt I made for my BA Fine Art Degree Show back in June.

Women have always stitched, be it purely for pleasure or out of necessity.  My quilt consists of 20 vintage tray-cloths from a bygone era when women devoted countless hours to the art of embroidery and sewing items for their homes and families. Discovered in charity shops, Ebay and found abandoned in the backs of cupboards, I have brought them back into the limelight to make an artwork. I am reclaiming the past histories of the women who stitched them, honouring the many hours of work they have invested in them and celebrating the skills and crafts traditionally associated with women.   

Each ‘panel’ of the quilt is dedicated to a ‘Lady of Stitch.’  Some of my ladies are women I have known,  like my mum Frances who ‘knitted for England’, sewed all our summer ‘frocks’ and took in mending to ‘earn a few bob’. Others are based on  women I have discovered during my research into the history of embroidery and stitch and are typical of women of their background and era.  

“I dedicate this quilt to all those women who devoted hour after hour to the art of embroidery and stitch.”

Here are just some of my 'Ladies of Stitch': 

Frances


Doris
Winifred

Agnes
Edie
Gracie
Iris
Jacqui


Florrie
June
Linda
Muriel
Nancy
Nella
Renee
Margaret

Edith
Edith

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