Today I have been stitching and I also received a wonderful item of post - my poppy from the Tower of London installation, 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'. I got goosebumps as I opened up the package and read the companying booklet. While the poppy itself has been cleaned after its time in the moat, the stem and fitting have a poignant coating of rust from their time outside. I was sorry not to have seen the actual installation, especially near Remembrance weekend when almost everybody I know was posting pictures of their visit to the Tower of London on Facebook and I was in New Zealand, the poppy is my "piece of history".
My stitching today has been a reminder of my time in New Zealand. I have six small pieces planned reflecting different places I visited. Three are hand stitched and ready to layer up and quilt, this is the fourth, in planning:
and stitched ready for quilting.
Al declared this, "That's very precise.....that's really precise for you". I think I'll take that as it was intended, not as a backhanded compliment, just recognition of a different style!
The piece represents the capital city of NZ, Wellington, and the wonderful time we had there. It is based on a drain cover. Now, I first noticed interesting drain covers when I was in Japan, where each village or town area has their own design. Then I saw the lovely covers in Wellington which I interpret to represent city, sea, mountains and bush. A quick google proved that I am not alone, there are some very serious drain spotters (ouch, sorry) out there.
Have a great weekend.