Postcards with a Difference

Hi everyone

For the start of the week I’m sharing four postcards from our 2014 Creative Challenge to re-interpret WW1 postcards.

The first two feature ribbon embroidery.

Robyn Duncan has created an elegant and understated postcard with a lovely message:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Robyn Duncan

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Robyn Duncan

Diana Churchill has also used ribbon embroidery to create a delicate and evocative heart with a simple but poignant sentiment:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Diana Churchill

Detail1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Diana Churchill

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Diana Churchill

The next two postcards use Whitework to create a subtle, delicate and beautiful message.

Annette Horvath’s postcard combines Cutwork with a charm to evoke the period:

2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Annette Horvath

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Annette Horvath

Ros Stanford also uses Whitework to create this refined symbol of a heart (love) that incorporates an anchor (symbol of hope). She’s added a sprig of rosemary for Remembrance.

2014 Creative Challenge Postacrd by Ros Stanford

Detail 1 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Ros Stanford

Detail 2 of 2014 Creative Challenge Postcard by Ros Stanford

These postcards are all profound in their own way with the common thread of elegant embroidery techniques to create powerful symbols of love and hope that resonate deeply.

Have a good week!

Carmen

Royal UFO

At the moment there’s an exhibition celebrating the Queen’s Coronation showing in the State Rooms of Buckingham Palace. It’s been curated by the Royal Collection Trust and includes dresses, robes and uniforms. Here’s a link

So it’s just the right moment to share a delightful story with you about a UFO (unfinished object) celebrating the Queen’s Coronation.

In 1952 one of our Guild members, Annette H, was a young teenager and her great aunt who was also her godmother gave her a tray cloth to embroider. Not just any tray cloth but one to celebrate the Queen’s Coronation the next year.

Annette remembers that her great aunt was part of a large, lively family and that all of them were talented artists, artisans and stitchers. She was also very much a royalist and decorated the family home’s front windows with a flower display in red, white and blue for the Queen’s visit to Katoomba (part of the Queen’s first visit to Australia in 1954).

To encourage her Annette’s mother crocheted the edging around the tray cloth before she started the embroidery.

The tray cloth was started but became a UFO not long afterwards.

Then last year the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations were in the news and Annette remembered her UFO………and that’s how it came to be finished 60 years after she started it!……….and here’s what it looks like finished:

Coronation Tray Cloth by Annette Horvath

What’s even more amazing is that she used the same needle she was given in 1952 to finish the embroidery in 2012.

Needle detail of Coronation tray cloth by Annette Horvath

Annette thinks the tray cloth was a Semco design but can’t be absolutely sure as all the labels have been lost. Here’s a detail:

Detail of Coronation tray cloth by Annette Horvath

What makes this story so memorable is how a love of stitching and craft is shared across generations in a family through a very special textile.

It’s a reminder of how important and precious textiles are in adding richness and depth to memories and family history.

What do you think? Do you have a treasured textile in your family?