I've been considering the fact that, to the uninitiated, embroidery appears to be a soothing occupation. The general view of the rypical stitcher- sitting by the fire lazydaisying- contrasts vividly with the lifesryle of so many of my friends and colleagues who dash about the country lecturing, running workshops, writing books and burning the midnight oil to finish that last piece for the exhibition. No wonder we go down with stress-related illnesses- all this and the family too. I came to the conclusion that I need a hobbynothing to do with textiles. Pam Watts has taken up helicopter piloting but I've no head for heights. Val Carnpbeli-Harding has bought a keyboard but I can only play with one hand. Many embroiderers cite their cats as their hobby. It's rhe other way round for me - I'm my eat's hobby. My long-suffering husband suggests that I take up housework again. This does not appeal. (I discovered conceptual housework soon after we all found out about conceptual stitch.) I'll keep you posted.
A very happy and peaceful New Year to all our readers.
PINA EMBROIDERY 8
Fi lipino embroidery on pineapple cloth Anna !sabel C. Sobrepefza and Patis Tesoro
Shifu - Japanese paper thread Polly Leonard
A PATTERN OF GRIEF 12
The embroideries of Gertrude Hickson Maggie Hickson and Betty Lorrimar
TIME TEAM IN ACTION 14
The Manchester Medieval Textiles Project Elizabeth Coatsworth
AGES OF THE LMNG IMAGE 16 A weaver's tale Ananda Armstrong-King
THE FABRIC OF PAPER 24 Experiments with handmade paper j ean Mould-Hart
THE DESIGN TRAIL 26 How to develop a theme in textil es julia Barton
THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER 28 A series of work based on 'Lockers' Aye/et Lindenstrauss Larsen
GALLERY OF EMBROIDERERS 29
Featuring Paddy Killer
SHOWTIME 33 A view of the recem shows Maggie Grey
DESIGN FOR LMNG 34 Working to commission Charlotte Hodge
MIXED METAPHORS 36
Combin ing embroidery with quiltmaking Barbara Howell
BREWED INDIGO 49
Indigo dyeing in The Gambia (Part 2 of a two-part series) Nicola Raffan
WORDS & PICTURES- A JOURNEY 51 From student to practising artist }ehane Boden Spiers
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