Samples of the three needlework panels were made about 1569-84 by Mary, Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick during the time of Mary’s imprisonment at Tutbury Castle. The small applique panels are worked in cross-stitch or tent-stitch with mottos, and motifs and scenes taken from woodcuts in contemporary books of natural history. Featured at Oxburgh Hall.
PIECES OF DREAMS (2003). Felted wool (which I make from old sweaters), vintage velvet from an abandoned church rectory (a gift from the pastor), wool thread, silk thread, antique buttons (mother-of-pearl, vegetable ivory, cut steel, rhinestone, paste, china, cloth, brass, etc.), antique seed pearls, Austrian crystal beads, miniature jingle bells; 14.5” x 14.5”.
This piece grew over a period of years and it was a wonderful experience.
Count Your Blessings (1997): An early penny rug, made from recycled wool sweaters. It now lives in a Vermont farmhouse, where it hangs on the stairway landing, so the children of the house will see it before going to bed; 23” x 15”.