Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Tapestries (Elizabeth Bradley)

For some years I've been making what I've always called my 'heirloom'. I've been trying to think of how many years I've actually worked on it off and on and have given up after counting past 12. Although some bits have taken me just a year to complete, others have taken up to 4, but at least they get there eventually.

In that 12 odd years I have actually completed 2 separate pieces though, one of which was a present and is framed and hung - an achievement in itself.

And this one,  my first actually (this one did take 4 years on and off) but what to do with it now, frame it, make it into a cushion or leave it in the drawer with the others for another 10 years and check for moths now and again? Probably the latter option ...

My aim was to produce a rug as the ultimate final piece with 6 tapestries from the same  range, Botanical Garden, but I'm not so sure now that will happen, what with constraints on the financial strings etc etc. However I did purchase the final panel a few years ago and have got this far.......

Impressive isn't it, 3 or 4 years work, no wonder not a lot gets done around here!  It's going to be the Lily as per the pattern below- one day anyway. But at least its out of the drawer now and thats a start isn't it?

But here's the five completed blocks....





Auricula - and my favorite

So once I finish the lily I've still got the borders and corners to purchase, complete and have made up. Why an heirloom? Well for a small rug it would end up costing over £1000...... And if it was ever finished would I allow people to walk on it or even touch it? Would I hell!

So I have been thinking that a cheaper and more practical option is to have them all framed and to be honest I do prefer this idea now, especially once I get my house in the country (see how I keep bringing this up)! And it's definitely the better option to leave behind (not that I plan on going anywhere for a long while by the way), but at least they could be split equally between the three children, except Emily has already told me she would rather have a ring!!

This one was done by my mum and given to me a couple of weeks ago. Strangely enough although finished years ago she hadn't done anything with it, see where I get it from? This one is definitely going to be a cushion, its smaller than the above tapestries, about 14 inches square, whereas mine are 16 inches. 

So pretty, I love it.


  1. That is an accomplishment and a half!! What a set of beauties.... you know what you'll be doing this winter.... :)

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