Saturday, 3 January 2015

Poppies and Drain Covers

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.


  1. Hi Lis
    Happy Kiwi wishes to you for another great year of stitching, and maybe a little travelling too. I do like your lovely applique block, certainly has a New Zealand look about it. Love those rounded koru shapes. It was so nice to meet up again with you and Alan on your New Zealand travels.

  2. I'm glad we are not the only country that is fixated on man-hole covers!
    Happy New Year.

  3. The poppy and the booklet must be great mementos of this fantastic and emotional installation.
    The drain cover is looking good - and precise!

  4. Gosh, I'll have to start looking at drain covers!!!, that's beautiful!


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