I’ve been trying out something exciting for my current project! You remember these little porcelain pots I mentioned in this post?
Well, those little recesses in the top are going to house fabric embroidered with lines from love letters from the war.
I scanned the letters into photoshop and cut and paste the bits I wanted onto an A4 sheet. I bought some water soluble paper from Barnyarns which is perfect because I could print the letters straight onto it. I then stuck the paper onto some old linen with spraymount and proceeded to (slowly) trace the letters using my super duper embroidery foot.
What do you think? When I say slow, I mean slow – these two sheets took five hours over two days to sew. I’ve just started two more and the first one only took just over an hour so I must be getting quicker with confidence.
When I’d finished, I almost preferred the back!
The paper just washes off in warm water, although it took a bit of coaxing out from under the stitches with a nailbrush!
And the finished pieces…
Not perfect, but I prefer it to the way a proper embroidery machine would have done it.
I love the reference to going to the cinema to see ‘Major Barbara’ and having to walk home during the black-out!
It was really important to me that I not only used the content of the letters but also the actual handwriting too. It makes it more real, and although it was a lot of work I think it was worth it.
Shame I’m going to cut them up really!