Thursday, 7 January 2016

First Finish of the Year

I decided to keep tabs on the hours making this.  It has to be one of the most common questions asked, 'how long did it take', and I never truly know to be honest!   

Mind you it doesn't help that I'm a bit of a flitter never really staying with one particular piece in a single stretch.  

I had the Wrought Iron rod with ammonite finials made by Colleen Du Pon a Dorset blacksmith.

Isn't it lovely?

I'm quite pleased with how the parts merge.

The bottom part which has had a few airings on Facebook as it's grown.

I am toying with adding a few ammonites to the bottom edge to balance the ironwork at the top.  They're only dissolved paper again but visually they add weight. 

I will live with them pinned for a while.

Size it is 30 inches long with the fabric 11 inches wide and the hanger 15 inches.  In total it 38 hours plus Colleen's time on the ironwork.


  1. loved watching this piece develop. Your collaberation with Colleen was definitely worthwhile, and 'yes' like the bottom ammonites too.

  2. It looks incredible, you're obviously very talented. The bottom ammonites are a good addition.

  3. I wish I could photograph it better! There are so many layers in it its hard to see anyway.

  4. This work is absolutely beautiful. I really like.

  5. Lovely piece of work. Love the iron work too. Have you thought of having the coloured ammonites just peeking now and again off the bottom, rather than a row?

    1. Thank you for liking the piece. Yes I did but they looked a little lost. Perhaps I could add a silk one peeking. I will see how it feel after a bit of living with it :-)
      You are a no reply blogger so my email probably didn't reach you.

  6. Lovely result. I think we're all guilty of not keeping track of making time, plus, of course, planning and designing time!

    Can I be honest and say that I prefer the piece without the row of ammonites on the bottom, they look to regiments for such an organic piece.

  7. Sorry, that should have said 'regimented'

  8. Flipping heck, a working week! that's a lot of work. At least you're doing it because you want to! And a great result!

  9. I think you may be right about adding the Ammonites along the bottom especially considering your visable decorative rod (yes lovely!) . Such a serene piece. One could get lost in it for quite some time.

  10. I love this piece, it flows beautifully and is so full of texture. I sort of agree with Maggi about the ammonites at the bottom looking regimented, but before I read her comment, my thought was that an odd number may look more natural, with more of a variation in size and placement.

  11. Quite beautiful, it complements and is complimented by the iron rod. A shamed more makers do not log their hours (although after the one time I recorded hours on a quilt I swore never to do so again - it was three times longer than I thought!)

    Does raise the question of course, should you wish to sell your work and pay yourself more than minimum wage per hour, the difficulty of finding a gallery whose clients are prepared to pay for unique, individual pieces of art.

  12. That is a beautiful piece of work. I totally agree with Jayne, your crafting time is never valued even creating something so original. People seem to assume that you get your reward in the pleasure of making.


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