Patchwork Coverlet from Somerset, England, 1802-1830
“The coverlet is composed of hundreds of tiny pieces of printed cotton, and some printed linen. One stylised flower printed in red on green comes from India, where the technique of printing with wooden blocks on cotton was first perfected. Another fabric used was a large-scale furnishing linen, printed in France. The coverlet is dominated by the many attractive, small-scale floral sprigs and stripes that became so fashionable in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, and show the great variety of designs that became available from Britain’s manufacturers as mechanisation and technology improved.The variety of printed cottons available by the end of the 18th century can be seen in the wide range of dress fabrics used here. They include a large-scale copperplate-printed textile of the 1780s (possibly French); an Indian fabric in red and green; a flag design, possibly commemorating a naval victory; and several cottons in the ‘seaweed’ style popular in the 1820s.The embroidery at the centre - ‘Ann Randoll / October 27 1802’ - records a date significantly earlier than some of the textiles.”
CRAZY LITTLE LOG CABIN QUILT - detail (2009): A free spirit, made from a variety of recycled textiles (old skirts, my daughter’s baby clothes, gifts from the closets of friends and relatives) and embellished with a great deal of stitching (running stitch and seed stitch); 13” x 17”.
NOSTALGIA (2011): This is a cloth made by weaving many pieces of recycled textiles together. The pieces include scraps from several old skirts; vintage kimono silks, pieces of ribbons, the backing of an antique quilt, a piece of upholstery from my old couch, and a friend’s old shirt; it is quilted with an abundance of kantha (running) stitches; 10” x 10”.
GREEN & PURPLE PENNY RUG (2004): Felted wool made from recycled sweaters, vintage buttons, wool thread; 18” x 17”.
LITTLE QUILT - FLYING GEESE - detail: Made from recycled sweaters, army blanket, wool thread, and vintage vegetable ivory buttons.