This is another piece I made at that embroidery class. We painted calico with acrylic paints in large rectangles then layered it with voiles in different colours, then put on the houses and painted them and did the running stitches to make the waves. Haven’t finished this one either (surprise, surprise!). Must have a Finishing Month one day.
This is the website for St Fagans, the Museum of Welsh Life
Wales has a rich quilting tradition, and the Welsh Folk Museum at St Fagans, Cardiff, has a collection of old quilts which I saw on a trip with my C&G course. They showed us some quilts which were not normally visible to the general public. These are mainly wholecloth quilts and instead of batting they used a woollen blanket. The woollen industry was big in Wales and wool would have been readily available (lots of sheep on the hills too steep for growing crops). They had professional quilters who would travel from farm to farm.
This quilt had been unused, filled with sheep’s wool, well washed and carded. It was easier to quilt than a blanket and gives a higher relief.
This shows some of the predominant Welsh quilting motifs – leaves, cross hatching. Spirals are another.
On Saturday the kids were being a bit wild (understatement!) so I got this piece of canvassy sort of material, sprayed it with 505 glue spray and got them to cut out scraps of orange and green fabrics and put them on the material. The colours aren’t very good on this photo but this is what we ended up with.