Hi All just a quick blog for you all today.

Spoiler alert: Its not quilting so please forgive me!!

Before COVID-19 became the big bad wolf I was going to submit a mixed media piece to a local Eisteddfod (that has now been cancelled) . I decided that even thought it was cancelled due to the plague (aka COVID-19) I thought I would still create the piece.

An Eisteddfod (for those of you who don’t know) is a uniquely Welsh thing. It is a competitive festival of music and poetry. This particular one, had a category for fabric creations. The theme was “TRANSPORT”. 

I decided to create a piece that linked to my adopted home town, Blaenau Ffestiniog. As you may know, this town is synonymous with the slate trade. Ffestiniog has been around for hundreds of years but it grew in size in the 1800’s with the advent of slate mining. The mountains that wrap round the town, like a big horseshoe are rich with slate deposits. these were dug out (under frankly awful conditions, but that is a whole different story) and then shipped by narrow gauge steam train down to the local port town (Porthmadog) for onward transportation.

The photo I chose to base my work on is a modern photo depicting men travelling on the slate train by sitting on top of the slate. I was going to machine embroider, but found the piece lent itself fare more to hand embroidery. I started with painting a background using inktense pencils (and aloe vera gel) to a piece of linen, before adding hand embroidery. I also used some leather off-cuts to add depth. Although the perceptive is a bit off,  I am very pleased with overall result.

I still need to add borders, back and bind, but that may take a while. I have a massive list of things to make and create while on lock down.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Till next time, happy sewing

Love Dotty xxx