My current project (no pictures yet of the work in progress, as I am loathe to share it at so early a stage) is based on an illustration in the manuscript of Lancelot du Lac (Royal 20 D IV, f150v, British Library).  If all goes well, I hope to have first pictures of the incomplete work within the next week.

Meanwhile, I have to admit that there is something very therapeutic about seeing a work progress from screen or book to drawn artwork and thence to the fabric cartoon.   ‘Painting’ in the colours with stitches feels less like constructing the art and more like revealing, needle puncture by needle puncture, what was somehow already there.

Let’s hope that I am as optimistic about this piece once I’ve attempted underside couching for the first time!


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