Last year I took part in a s l o w embroidery project called #Needlesspost, a 'pass it on postal embroidery project inviting collaboration through needlecraft between strangers' I wrote about round 1 here
Round 1 was to start an embroidery using a third of the cloth leaving space for two further collaborators to add to the piece. I really enjoyed round 1 as I found it so freeing, to start something knowing it would be passed on. Round two felt different. Here I was to add to the work started by Debbie. Debbie had created a beautiful embroidery and it felt like such a responsibility to take over. I wanted to honour what she had done whilst adding something of me, but I didn't want to ruin it!
Debbie sent me a letter and a green rose ring which I wear often.
I set to playing with some felt and thread. Debbie had named her piece 'Circles'. These circles said flower centres to me so I began to create some 'Blooms', first playing and positioning and then rejigging until it felt right.
Magic cat loved laying on it when I was trying to take photos though I was careful to keep the jelly beans and sherbet dib-dabs for the next recipient, away from him. I had a lot of fun and was interested to see how much colour I had used, especially as my contribution to round 1 had been fairly muted blues. When i finished I sent off the embroidery to Amanda, who sent it to I don't know who. The final result can be seen here. along with some of the other finished embroideries.
Amanda Wayne and Ellie Shipman who instigated the project are planning an exhibition at some point and I think also a future project. All very exciting. I am really looking forward to meeting some of the other contributors and seeing all the embroideries displayed.