Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Our name up in stitches!

After our last exhibition, we decided that we needed a banner to proclaim our name. As we live over the three or four counties, we thought the best way was each work on individual letters and celebrate diversity when it came together! (The only rule was that the letters should be capitals and fit on A5.)

A couple of months ago, one of our clan suddenly posted their first letter, a 'P'. My goodness, that sent shock waves round not only because it was fabulous and clever but that it was finished! It had the desired effect. I had had an idea but needed to get down to the stitching. So the 'U' was born.

Bites out of the 'U' swizzled round to become jolly little umbrellas.

 At our last meeting, we brought along all those finished and laid them out. It's always amazing to see what everyone has done. We were not disappointed. The variety of styles within our group adds to the overall interest. (What's more we all think that everyone else's is better than our own.)

There were gaps, of course, so I thought I had better get on with my last letter 'N' and not let the side down. My idea was to use a newspaper article about us that appeared in the local press for the body of the letter. An old joke kept coming into my head as I was doing it, so corny. ( What's black and white and read/red all over? sorry.) It wouldn't go away until I used red stitching to enhance.

Better not leave it in the rain. Next week sees us resident at Blue Ginger gallery, and we hope to put our name up in stitches there!
One spin off from the whole affair was we had a very amusing few weeks making up anagrams with letters from our name. To preserve the hilarity we have embroided these in a quilt which we are going to display at the NEC later in the year.
Come on you shy reticent group members! Let's see your letters!


  1. Oh Anni, you never disappoint! The thinking & execution behind the N is super. Great idea. My letters are coming along slowly....

  2. Oh WOW! That's wonderful Anni! Love it!
    Can't do mine yet as have drowned in bunting!