Stitching souls

For a while now I have been wondering about gold leaf fragments. Sometimes they are lovely. And for a while I have been wondering about stitching them together to make quilts of leaf.

As Lambeth and Wandsworth is now fully funded ( thank you so much all who contributed) all sales in this will go towards the Sheffield Campaign organised by the Vernon Oak and friends.

First, one fragment of gold, from a painted stone labyrinth. £35- (Sold) the gold is 8cms x 8cms.

Email me , with the subject title of ‘stitched souls’ if you want it, then donate fast to the funder.

Second, two; again just one labyrinth, a bigger stone. £50  Stitched together with silk, these are fragile things, but they glow, holding the light of evening.

Third, three. Three stones, placed on the beach, somewhere in Pembrokeshire, and these are the echoes of their gold souls. Three, moongold, stitched with silk. £75 (SOLD)

Fourth, and we have four, in greengold and yellow and redgold I think. £100 ( SOLD)

And then there is this, flawed, but somehow really like a piece of gold magic. Fourteen stones gilded, fifteen squares in various shades of gold, greengold, moongold, red and yellow. Really inexpertly stitched ( I missed a bit at one point), but would work in a frame as a curious creature. There’s something about the flawed and fragile nature of this that I like. £300 (Sold). It’s the first of something new I hope, big pieces, stitched together. Next time I will mark where the stones were placed. Some of these will have been picked up, others will have lived in the sea, as tide finds before human.

I’ve more souls to stitch, some big pieces, some small, but I need to get better. I think I have the tension right on the machine now and I love the sound it makes as it stitches. I’m in need of learning, it’s also in need of a good clean, but it seems to me that stitching the gold souls of creatures might be a little akin to magic.

You can if you wish, in the next couple of days, donate to the crowdfunder here: The Lost Words for Sheffield Schools.

Do email me before donating if you wish to secure one of the pieces as they are all one offs.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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4 Responses to Stitching souls

  1. Bernie Bell says:

    “but it seems to me that stitching the gold souls of creatures might be a little akin to magic.”
    Too right it is!
    That image of 15, stitched together is…………………..

  2. Anne Willson says:

    Hmmm… Laid out like this, I see fingerprints or paw prints. Wonder which animal would make them.

  3. This is such a brilliant idea! As I make my art with textiles and stitch, I would like it, of course! I am hand stitching little plastic house shape boxes. together, next, above, in parts to represent the flimsy housing of refugees, like Rohingyas and all over. The plastic is from plastic document wallets.

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