Bridging Arts

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

The heavens' embroidered cloths

Just came across this poem by W B Yeats and love the image of the heavens' embroidered cloths... Though you would have to be NUTS to lay your dreams under someone's feet (I'm afraid).

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

W.B. Yeats

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The priceless teatowel

Love these teatowels spotted in Selfridges.
The applique and embroidery reminds me of Katherine Eve's wonderful work in her graduation show last year. But at nearly £30 each they're beyond my pocket.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Beading after the trenches - World War One embroidery by a soldier

This cushion was embroidered by a soldier from the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry - 'therapy' kits were distributed to hospitals and prisoner of war camps. In the centre is the Cornish shield and the county's motto: 'One and All'.
The pastel colour, delicate beading and goldwork seem so poignant - worked by someone who had seen the carnage of the trenches.
It was on display in Helston Museum, Cornwall, as part of an exhibition marking the centenary of the start of World War One.