Wednesday, October 2, 2013


Two small tapestries (3 x 3" and 4 x 4") on show at the tour de Montsalès until the 3rd of November. It's the annual show of local artists, amateur and professional and this year we have more exhibitors than ever - 16! You'll find a full list on the 'programme 2013' page of the tower website.

I'm just starting a commission - big for me - 19 x 59 cm in 4 pieces. I never found any Drima extra strong thread even though I just know there's tons of it out there at the back of haberdasher's stockrooms! A tenacious Canadian friend has been scouring Toronto thread and fabric merchants hoping to find a suitable replacement but it's amazing how hard it is. Thread can be strong enough but too thick or thin or often too shiny and slippery.  I'm going to try this new piece using a thread she found which is a bit thicker than I'd like so I'll use it at 14epi instead of my normal 16epi and see how it goes.

In other news, it's Autumn here and my brief spell of melancholy at Summer's end has been dispelled by the sheer beauty of the new season.  Misty mornings, golden light and an abundance of food for the picking - apples, plums, pears and soon there'll be walnuts. We gathered cornell cherries last week and made jam. That felt very hunter/gathery/foragy! A second picking expedition came to an abrupt end when wild boar made their presence felt!

2 comments:

Else said...

Beautiful, Meabh. I particularly like the blue dots on the orange/red background - they really zing!

Olga said...

I love those little pieces - I hope that the exhibition does well.

It must be such a pain about the thread - I guess you must have tried suppliers like Texere and Barnyarns, ...? Some machine embroidery threads are thin but strong. I'm sure you've tried them all.