Saturday, 20 March 2010

Ben Hur

At long last i have finished one of my pieces for the Lavender ladies panel for the Embroidery of the Century, Ben Hur has at last reached the finishing post. Each group has taken a panel and will represent the year in various embroidered pictures. our group chose 1959. Each group panel will have the year in bold cross stitch and a central piece, ours is the cathedral, surrounded by what we thought were major events of the year. All of the panels will eventually travel the country in an exhibition and raise money for a children's charity. Each panel is over 3ft long and 6ft wide. Ours has, the last spitfire, barbie, a piccasso painting to name but a few. I have done 2 pieces, Ben Hur and the retreat of the Dali llama from Tibet. Ben Hur was drawn of tea stained silk,quilted ,embroidered,beaded etc. It is about 12 by 10 inches and represents the chariot race. It took about 2 years to complete as for nearly 18 months i could not really manage fine things with my left hand.

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